What Bill Gates Says about Donald Trump Will Surprise You

One of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, has two unique insights about the richest person ever to win the presidency, Donald Trump.

Mr. Gates astutely observes Mr. Trump was not elected “for specific policies” but for his “kind of leadership.” The tech icon also believes Mr. Trump has a message reminiscent of President John F. Kennedy.

Mr. Gates made his observations in an interview with Business Insider.

The two leaders have talked on the telephone and later met at Trump Tower to discuss Mr. Gates’ initiative on clean energy and climate change.

Mr. Gates said he had “a lot of fascination” with the “new directions” of the country under the Trump Administration.

“… in the same way that President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that — I think that whether it’s education or stopping epidemics, other health breakthroughs, finishing polio, and in this energy space — there can be a very upbeat message that his administration is going to organize things, get rid of regulation barriers, and have American leadership through innovation be on of the things that he gets behind,” he explained.

Mr. Gates also told CNBC “there can be a very upbeat message” in the Trump Administration. But on trade he won’t want to get into a tariff “tit for tat” with China.

“You know, a lot of his message has been about things where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” Mr. Gates also told Business Insider.

Indeed, Mr. Trump has to deal with the world as it finds it, not as his opponents think it should be.

To accomplish his feats in business negotiations, Mr. Trump traditionally has taken a hard position – then he’s been able to pull his opponents closer to his philosophical positions.

He’s now using his patented negotiating style in foreign policy.

Even if it upsets people – foreign policy experts, Democrats and Chinese leaders – he doesn’t hesitate to talk with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen or comment on China’s currency manipulations.

New direction

Why? He knows America needs a true reset – a new direction.

The U.S. has promoted free trade, democratic values and nation-building for decades. It worked for a while. But it hasn’t in recent decades whether it’s been in the Middle East, through NAFTA or allowing China to participate in the World Trade Organization.

Yes, America has failed in spreading democratic values, free-market ideals and in nation-building.

Hence, Mr. Gates astutely observed many Americans want Mr. Trump’s leadership style. They’re sick and tired of the oppressive burdens from the failed promises of globalization and unregulated immigration.

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

-Ronald Reagan

An entitlement attitude has swept America. Federal data shows 7 million men – aged 25 to 54 – aren’t participating in the workforce and it isn’t always because of a lack of job openings.

Actually, we’re also seeing the attitude change in other countries from the UK in departing from the EU via Brexit, and the recent Italian elections. Unemployment in Europe, especially with Millennials, has skyrocketed.

Religious radicalism

Religious radicalism is a growing worldwide issue. Spreading from the Middle East, it’s led to terrorism in the EU and the U.S.

Mr. Trump is aware that China doesn’t want to engage in true free trade. China has been manipulating its currency, stealing or extorting intellectual capital of foreign investors, and has been building up its military for dubious reasons.

Since the presidency of Jimmy Carter and in the decades since, the U.S. has been committed to a “One China” policy regarding Taiwan and China has been unchallenged as it’s become increasingly aggressive.

President Obama has been equally weak in this regard. He’s also been mistaken in his approach to the Philippines. He had the ill-advised temerity to lecture President Rodrigo Duterte on how he handles the drug epidemic.

So there’s little wonder Presidents Duterte and Tsai Ing-wen have reached out to Mr. Trump.

Undaunted in order to rescue American economic and security interests, Mr. Trump knows China’s compulsive behavior in violating norms in international commerce isn’t likely to improve without the U.S. taking a brave new approach.

This is in line with his approach on illegal immigration to protect America. He will enforce our southern border and impose “extreme vetting” to screen out immigrants who are hostile to traditional American values.

Mr. Gates is right. Many Americans want Mr. Trump’s “kind of leadership.”

From the Coach’s Corner, here relevant public-policy articles:

Economy: The High Public Price Tag of Manufacturing Jobs — Donald Trump’s election has prompted a surge in optimism for the economy and stock market, according to authoritative polls. But countless manufacturing workers and their families are on public assistance says a UC Berkeley study. The answers aren’t more entitlements or higher minimum wage. Here are the real solutions

Analysis: Trump’s Vision to Fix Trade Deficit, Create Jobs — Donald Trump acts positively: Americans are tired of the reign of politically correct terror, the movement for income redistribution, and the massive loss of good-paying jobs.

2 Democrat Presidents Provide Lessons for Obama in Terrorism — Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, both Democrats, won wide respect for their handling of monster threats to America. Plus, both presidents did not hesitate to identify the enemies, call them out on their lies, and to take decisive action. Why President Obama’s political correctness threatens America’s free-enterprise system.

7 Capitalism Principles for Economic Growth, Prosperity — Employers are discouraged from hiring largely because of uncertainty created by public policies. That includes uncertainty – created by ObamaCare – in costs and taxes.

5 Attributes of Leadership Are Needed Now — With all the dysfunction in the economy and the debate over healthcare, Seattle Consultant Terry Corbell calls for leadership. He says the late President Ford, whom he covered as a journalist, leaves a remarkable legacy of leadership with healthy attributes for businesspeople and public officials to emulate.

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

-Ronald Reagan


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

As a Minority Group, Why Hindus Love Trump

From Real Clear Politics, it was easy to spot an eye-catching headline, Hindus for Donald Trump, in Google News.

Clearly, the article contains enlightening comments – salient insights about four-million Hindus with roots from India who live and prosper in the United States. And why they supported Donald Trump for President.

“There are many reasons to back the Republican Party, foremost of which is its embrace of traditional values – values shared by the Hindu family,” wrote Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar on July 23, 2016.


Donald Trump and Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar

A representative of four-million Hindus, Mr. Kumar is chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition.

“We as a people, and I as businessman, believe that both material and spiritual human prosperity come from a system in which individuals are free to pursue their dreams and aspirations, where private enterprise creates economic expansion and jobs, and where government involvement in the lives of the citizenry is limited,” he explains.

“Human development comes from individuals, families and communities, and not from government, which only spends taxpayers’ money without much regard for its value,” adds the spokesperson.

Mr. Kumar points out that Hindus have the highest per-capita income than any other minority group.

“We also have the highest average education levels, the highest proportion of people employed as managers, the highest number of entrepreneurs (one in seven), the largest donations to charity, and are the least dependent on government,” he writes.

Reasons for Supporting Trump

He has special praise for Mr. Trump.

“Inflammatory comments are often attributed to Donald Trump. As Hindu-Americans and ethnic minorities, we should be neither surprised nor offended,” he explains.

“These statements, in many cases, come from a place of truth – we do have bad trade deals that benefit everyone but our allies and us. Trump is right, and although the media doesn’t often give credit to the complex positions he so often represents in simple and plain speech, I do,” he writes.

“Self-sufficiency is a given in our community, and we don’t spend more than we earn. Hindu-Americans pay almost $50 billion per year in taxes, and we expect the government to be as judicious with its income as we are as individuals,” asserts Mr. Kumar.

Value of education

“Although there are many problems with the public education system in this country, lack of access for minorities is not one. The access is there. Most Indian-Americans grow up attending urban public schools,” he writes.

“Why is it, then, that Indian-Americans succeed in the very schools that others do not?” he asks.

“It is the ethos of our culture. We eagerly take advantage of opportunities when they are presented. To us, this is a civic duty, and we as a people have a responsibility to the nation that has afforded us so many opportunities to better ourselves,” explains Mr. Shumar.

“This obligation is represented in the Republican Party platform, while the Democratic Party platform focuses on ethnic victimhood,” as he indicts the Democrat approach.

“I am also impressed that the Republican Party’s platform, which Trump greatly influenced, is incredibly pro-India. We members of the Indian diaspora must take a page from the Jewish community’s activism and recognize the righteousness that comes from allying with countries with a historical affinity toward democracy,” he admonishes.

Support of Israel

“We must support trade and strong relationships with countries that share our values as Americans. For the Jewish-American community, that is often promoting our relationship with the economic power of tiny Israel,” he points out.

“For Hindu-Americans and Indian-Americans, that must mean supporting the United States’ strategic relationship with India. Unlike many other countries that have economic relationships with the United States, India rewards the American-Indian relationship through healthy trade without risk of military conflagration or rivalry,” exclaims Mr. Shumar.

Regarding India, he’s proud of the Republican convention plank:

“India is our geopolitical ally and a strategic trading partner. The dynamism of its people and the endurance of their democratic institutions are earning their country a position of leadership not only in Asia but throughout the world. We encourage the Indian government to permit expanded foreign investment and trade, the key to rising living standards for those left out of their country’s energetic economy.”

Trade with India

“In a world in which the U.S. economy is threatened by regional upheaval around the world, economic rivalry and bad trade deals with China – an issue on which I wholeheartedly side with Mr. Trump – India as a trading partner provides an economic alternative and increased diversity in investment in the global economy,” he states.

“As China inaccurately blames the United States for subverting its expansionist policies against the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries on the South China Sea, and as it increases its submarine activity in the Bay of Bengal, India has the potential to be one of our best trading partners,” asserts Mr. Shumar.

“Moreover, the relationship is a healthy one, in which American and Indian engineers often work together to create new technology. I know this first-hand: my firm is an active participant in this trade,” he concludes.

From the Coach’s Corner, editor’s picks for informative reading:

Money – Your Net Worth Matters More than What You Earn — When it comes to finance, most business owners and other individuals strive to increase their wealth to have more opportunities. The trouble with some, however, is that they focus on income and not their net worth. That means, of course, spending less than they earn.

7 Steps to Wealth and High Net Worth — Creating wealth and enjoying high net worth doesn’t result from pure luck. It takes a certain mindset and strong action. Here are seven proven steps.

Tips to Develop Relationships with High Net Worth Prospects — In cultivating a great portfolio of clients, the key is to develop relationships with high net worth prospects. But first you have to decide on your best niche or niches.

7 Capitalism Principles for Economic Growth, Prosperity — Employers are discouraged from hiring largely because of uncertainty created by public policies. That includes uncertainty – created by ObamaCare – in costs and taxes.

Economic Analysis — Op-Ed articles by Peter Moric, Ph.D, economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award. (See his economic forecasts.)

“There is a price to0 great to pay for peace. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.”

-Woodrow Wilson


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is also a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Marketing Lessons from Donald Trump’s Job Application

June 16, 2015 –

In bidding for the White House in 2016, will Donald Trump have learned his lessons from four years ago?

There’s an old adage about publicity – that any publicity is good – especially, to build a celebrity brand. To a certain extent that’s true. But it depends on your objective, timing, whether or not you’re digging a too-deep hole for yourself, and the quality of your follow-up strategies.

There are best practices to consider.

In his lack of follow-through for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump’s PR campaign raise some eye-opening questions. What was he thinking? Did he really want to be president?  Was this just another PR gimmick just to stay in the headlines?

Yes, I have to believe it was a spurious attempt in presidential aspirations because it’s clearly wasn’t the way to win a major marketing campaign.

To be sure, I’d love to see a president with the preferred management credentials – successful experience in meeting a payroll – a true entrepreneur. Other skills are needed, yes, but we need a person who truly understands what’s needed for economic development and the creation of jobs.

To win the nation’s highest-office, a person needs to submit a winning job application to voters – value propositions for voters to hire him.

Mr. Trump’s obviously smart, and tenacious. That’s how you create luck in the business world.

Indeed, Mr. Trump has created a huge brand. But PR thought leaders probably understand the true motive behind all his marketing simulations.

What comes to mind? Just to hype his TV shows – The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice — for ratings? To hype his real estate projects? My answer is yes to both questions.

Bad messaging: Regarding his attacks on liberals from Rosie O’Donnell to President Obama? Other than his fights with liberals and flamboyant bragging, what does he offer voters in value propositions? Very little if anything.

Marketing lessons

For the sake of argument, let’s assume for a moment these have been bonafide presidential efforts in 2012 and 2016. But a better resume loaded with value propositions is needed. Otherwise, Mr. Trump will again learn voters are not into him.

They’re very skeptical about the economy and related public policy. That’s where they want the focus — not flamboyant fights with public figures.

So, if it were a serious presidential campaign, his presentation could use some work because he’d learn that Americans want him for a different job than the presidency. He’s simply didn’t use best practices in marketing.

In fact, marketing campaigns fail for these 14 reasons:

    1. Inadequate analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
    2. Drawing incorrect conclusions from the analysis (leading to ineffective overall strategic planning)
    3. Unrealistic budgeting
    4. Ineffective testing of ideas and messaging
    5. Arrogance – over confidence
    6. Poor coordination with centers of influence
    7. Not developing effective teamwork and communication among stakeholders
    8. Targeting the wrong market
    9. Lack of job descriptions – who will do what and when?
    10. Wrong people in many key positions
    11. Poor positioning in attributes and benefit statements
    12. Ineffective allocation of promotional funds – wrong mediums preventing top-of-mind awareness in customers, or voters
    13. Unproductive evaluation of the campaign and return on investment
    14. Unsuccessful responses to negative surprises and failure to capitalize on opportunities

So we’ve had fun watching the charade. But be careful not to mirror his marketing strategies, if you want to be serious about winning in a tepid economy. We need economic development and job creation.

Meantime, Mr. Trump might not be serious, but he’s quite the original.

From the Coach’s Corner, here are related articles on marketing:

Internet Marketing Lessons from Santorum’s Failed Campaign — Rick Santorum is running for the nation’s highest office again in 2016. Without even considering his political views, the former senator from Pennsylvania doesn’t have a prayer unless he makes some marketing changes. Unintentionally, Mr. Santorum’s unsuccessful presidential campaign — with inadequate branding — provided business with Internet marketing lessons.

Create Buzz to Win Your Major Marketing Campaign — In major marketing campaigns – in business or politics – there’s nothing more frustrating than losing. But a lack of funds or a small war chest is not the salient reason for defeat. It isn’t necessarily how much you spend. There are many reasons for marketing failure of a campaign. Failure leaves everyone connected with your marketing campaign in a quandary.

Action Steps To Get Top Results From Your Marketing Plan — Why do seemingly great marketing plans fail to yield the desired results? Well, one reason: Such plans don’t turn the ideas into reality because they’re not action-oriented. What counts is the scheduled specific footwork, and then tracking the results. There’s a second reason, quality of execution.

8 Ways to Get Transparency from Your Retargeting Campaign — If you’re a major advertiser, you probably use behavioral remarketing or retargeting strategies. That’s to reach prospective customers based on their Internet searches, if they leave your Web site and don’t buy from you. Other firms use retargeting to purchase advertising. Basically, retargeting is accomplished by using a cookie or pixel, to show banner ads to Internet users. But transparency is a significant problem for advertisers.

Strategies to Create the Best Possible Mobile Apps — Consumer and enterprise penchants for mobile technology have skyrocketed but we’ve only scratched the surface in developing quality, application solutions. Mobile apps are expected to support initiatives for a company’s return on investment. That includes competitiveness in the marketplace; efficiency; enterprise and consumer relationships; and revenue – better yet, profits would be more ideal.

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”
– Will Rogers


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

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