You’ve Found the Bottom

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You can stop chasing the bottom now. You found it.You can’t afford to cut your price anymore. You can’t afford to make a less money than you’re making now. You already can’t afford to deliver and execute on the promises you made. You don’t have the necessary profit.You found the bottom. This is it.What about your competitors? They found the bottom, too. Since you’ve matched their prices, they think you’re the one selling price. They’re waiting for you to stop selling price and start selling value again so they can feel comfortable competing against you on value.But someone has to be brave enough to go first. Someone has to take the first step and begin moving things in another direction. Someone is going to learn to justify their prices and prove that a greater investment provides a greater return. The sales organization that’s able to do this is going to not only win their client’s business, they’re going to retain their business for a long time because they’ll finally have the profit they need to deliver results.The sales organizations that continue to chase the bottom will eventually discover they’ve gone way past the bottom; they’re unprofitable, they’ve destroyed their business model, and perhaps their business with it. The sales people that continue to chase the bottom will discover that they’ve damaged the relationships they had with their clients, they weren’t able to execute, and they’ve destroyed their reputations.It’s time to turn this thing around. Someone has to go first. Be brave. That someone is you.Read my friend Don’s story here.last_img read more

Poetry in Muslim ‘dialect’ kicks up a storm in Assam

first_imgA group of people accused of portraying the Assamese as xenophobic through poetry, in a dialect associated with Bengal-origin Muslims, has asserted that controversy was being manufactured at a time when the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was being updated in Assam.On July 11, the Assam Police registered an FIR against 10 people after receiving a complaint about a poem in Miyah — a dialect of Bengal-origin Muslims — lamenting the citizenship challenges faced by the religious minorities in the State.The poem titled I am a Miyah is written by Kazi Sharowar Hussain and translated into English by Shalim M. Hussain, both based in western Assam’s Barpeta district. They are named in the FIR along with eight others.Pranabjit Doloi, a freelance journalist, had filed the complaint on the basis of a viral video which shows the poem being recited. “They have the freedom to write poems, but I have objected to their use of certain terms conveying to the world that the Assamese people are xenophobic and hate Muslims,” Mr. Doloi asserted to The Hindu.“The real intention of this poem is to motivate and provoke their community against the system. This is a threat to the Assamese people and national security. The poem talks of their men being gunned down, and women being raped. Assam has no such history, and Assamese people were not involved even in the Nellie [February 1983] massacre,” he contended.Mr. Doloi also alleged that the poem had been “copied” from ‘ID Card’ by Arabian poet Mahmoud Darwish, with certain words replaced for local effect. “Instead of ID Card number used by Darwish, this poem uses NRC number, which is illegal,” Mr. Doloi asserted.The poet and the translator, who could not be immediately reached for comment, however, issued a statement along with the other accused on Friday, rubbishing the charges made against them.Protest poetry“Miyah poetry began in 2016 as a series of poems opposing the use of the ‘Miyah’ as a slang word for Assamese Muslims of Bengal-origin,” the group of 10 persons said. “Today, ‘Miyah poetry’ is an umbrella term for poems by many, mostly young poets, from within and even outside the Bengal-origin Assamese Muslim community. These poems include stories of humiliation and discrimination, love poems, poems spreading social awareness, etc.,” they explained.The current debate over Miyah poetry was “baseless” as a few lines of poems written three years ago were cherry-picked and taken out of context with malicious intent, they contended. “Not a single Miyah poem uses the word xenophobia,” they asserted.They also trashed the allegation that Miyah poetry was a threat to the Assamese language. “This is an utter lie. A huge majority of the Miyah poems are written in Assamese, some in English and Hindi and a handful in local dialects… the current controversy is absolutely needless and is being created by groups with vested interests at a very crucial time when the NRC update in Assam is nearing completion,” they said in the statement.Probe onDharmendra K. Das, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Guwahati Central, said the police had been probing the case in coordination with their counterparts in the districts where the 10 accused live. “We are taking time since it involves the use of information technology,” he said.“We have not arrested [any one] yet,” he added.The 10 persons have been booked under sections 420/406 of the Indian Penal Code, read with various sections of the Copyright Act, 1957.last_img read more