Definition of an Uncorporation

The Surprising Truth about the Uncorporation in the World's Economy

In very few areas of public life is the disconnect between what we are told and what really is so shocking as in business news. In fact, it’s easy to believe that the vast majority of business is done by big, greedy, publicly traded corporations, but it is wrong: very wrong.

Size Matters

    • 19.6 million Americans work for companies with fewer than 20 workers
    • 18.4 million for firms of between 20 and 99 workers
    • 14.6 million -100 to 499 workers
    • Only 47.7 million for firms with 500 or more.
    • And in other parts of the world the numbers are even higher. Uncorporate SME's drive the world, just not the stock market.

Results Matter

Private companies have a profound effect on the overall economy and are major drivers of capital investment and innovation.

A chart of the surprising power of  uncorporate business

Integrity Matters

What owners of top privately-owned companies say: (hint: it is not "Greed is Good.")

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What they say

Jimmy Haslam III Pilot Flying J

Dad has been a tremendous father, coach and mentor, and has taught me to hire great people, treat them great, be humble and ask lots of questions.

Thomas M. Belk Jr., Belk Department Stores

Everyone is special in some way. My Dad shook hands with everyone. People want to be recognized; take care of them, and they’ll take care of the customers.

Tom Love, CEO, Love’s

Arrived home one Christmas night to have dinner with family. There was a handwritten note from Dad. “You’ve got the rest of your life to change the world, but you’ve only got one shot at raising those four kids. Merry Christmas."

Thomas Gilbane Jr., Gilbane Construction

As young children my father taught us the importance of integrity above all else. He was fond of saying that a person’s reputation is their legacy–taking years to build and only minutes to destroy.

Jim Perdue, Purdue Poultry

My dad always said that quality should be your No. 1 value

If true, if dignity, integrity and faith in people is more powerful than fire the bottom 10%, then surely the longest lasting and most profitable companies long term must be uncorporate: and they are! Read this post on the longest lasting business in American history: INTEGRITY AND ETHICS IN BUSINESS

 MBA (Mediocre Business Administration)

“The problem lies, as it so often does, in the deliberate intellectualizing of a very simple task: creating and selling a meaningfully superior product or service to the public. It’s not rocket science…. The business schools should be asking themselves how and why it all went wrong. They have produced generations of number-crunching, alternate-scenario-loving, spreadsheet-addicted idiot-savants. They should be ashamed.”

Bob Lutz

in his book "Car Guys vs Bean Counters"
Photo By Ed Schipul (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/2984263513/) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why aren’t we told this on the nightly news?

In very few areas of public life is the disconnect between what we are told and what really is so shocking as in business news. In fact, it’s easy to believe that the vast majority of business is done by big, greedy, publicly traded corporations, but it is wrong: very wrong.

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  • This is for open discussion on any topic related to working, so I invite you to share among yourselves and with me. Of course, respect for each other is the golden rule here. One of the most interesting things you can do is bring some data. If you post some business data about a recurring problem you are having I will run it through my magic machine…. (kidding) and we can then talk about it. Just be sure if you want it kept private not to include your name or the name of your company on it.

  • Joseph Chmielewski

    I wonder how audacious we can be in recruiting volunteers for a Pilot course.

    My course, “Fast-Action Editing: Rapid Revision for Power-Packed Writing” needs volunteers.

    The Pilot runs a full semester; i.e., 16 to 18 weeks.

    And, I need talented writers…who will measure real-world outcomes…not folks that want to learn (but not apply) world-class writing habits.

    Zero Cost! However the time and effort commitment: considerable.

    Can I make a claim similar to what Tony Robbins did on national TV. Or, is an audacious challenge to “Writing Gurus” out of phase with “Social Correctness?”

    Tony Robbins challenged therapists to refer reluctant, recalcitrant and “impossible” clients…and Tony Robbins resolved their issues, live, on national TV.

    Can I make a similar challenge?

    Should I challenge writing “Gurus” to submit their best work, and online, in real time; demonstrate that I can improve that writing…fast?

    Or should I take talented writers, stuck in the training and coaching ruts…and show these budding authors a dozen ways to ditch the past, misdirected writing strategies that the “Gurus” taught them?

    Should I teach “High-talent-fully-coached” wanna-be authors to write the way that a waiting fan base wants? …to write in a way that Google adores? …even if I alienate the “Gurus?”

    What do members of your community think?