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Falling For The Oldest Trick In The Book —

Falling For The Oldest Trick In The Book

Being in a position of strength and influence in business is one of the most favored tactics. This is why we see so many sizable businesses in the US gain political and market favor in the news on a daily basis. Once a company has size and scale, what could go wrong?

Plenty can go wrong, especially when public opinion though various Internet tactics can dissolve a wonderful local company as we in our community have just witnessed. Right now, our next major challenge is of what will become of our city’s massive downtown economic revitalization opportunity’s. While many know of the Land Based Casino dispute between many of the parties involved, it is the appearance of the dispute which is to us most alarming. You see big companies in gaming hire the precise knowledge capital they require to fulfill their objectives. This is due to the many adversities this type of entreprise experiences, controversy is the nature of their business. As a result, it is of no surprise the waters are going to get “muddied” in an attempt to accomplish a certain objective. Reminds me of how in today’s world the  more you denigrate something, the more you call it immoral, the more attractive it appears to everyone else. It’s a Simple question: Would you rather spend an hour listening to Mother Teresa’s accomplishments, or to Angelina Jolie messing up her perfect marriage? Unfortunately the latter possesses the most social energy in today’s society.

The strategy being implemented by Penn Gaming, operator of Sioux City’s Argosy Casio, has become more than apparent. Create the controversy, hold jobs hostage, win the battle in the end by negotiating a few more crumbs but less than what was sought. It is a classic maneuver that most  fall for when placed into it’s path, especially here in Iowa where our reality is to maintain a society absent of such deceit. This sort of thing happens quite a bit when those from outside our community are allowed such an influential position. My intuition suspects a local hometown entity would not be as misguided, a historic perspective long time Siouxlanders have developed through similar experiences over many years.

 

 

 

So what are some of the better strategies to combat the evil who disguise themselves as better by strategically framing actions around controversy? (1) Openness and honesty usually is the “winner takes all” of strategies. While normally the most difficult to realize and act upon, most often in the long run is the most advantageous. We are dealing with a bad relationship which now is tainted by deceit and disingenuous maneuvering. Do we really want to stay married to such? As any relationship stressed by dysfunction, a redirected future most of the time will prove to be the best for all involved. Siouxland, by example we know this relationship with Penn is not currently or will be functional to our communities benefit. Let’s do now what will eventually be the inevitable, begin publicly opening the process to other and more functional Land Based Casino Opportunities as soon as possible. In this case a bully is what a bully does, moving on to a more publicly favorable “local” option will free us from these quite unfavorable conditions. The smart action is the honest choice.

“Action is the antidote to despair.” – Joan Baez

Thank You

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