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Grey Hair and Technology – A LaborCombat™ reflective – Labor College

A proud grandparent, I’m always looking forward to the next visit with the grandkidos.  I’m truly blessed as I get to see them almost every week.  The stuff they say always puts a smile on my face.  Seeing them run around playing and watching them grow up has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.  The stuff they do never ceases to amaze me.  I’ve got a 3 year old who downloads apps and 5 year old who commands the iPhone to ends I didn’t know existed.  For a grey hair I consider myself pretty adept with technology.  Working with the best and brightest in the area has definitely helped me adapt.
If you’ve been following LaborCombat™ you already know we’re making large strides in reclaiming the movement of labor in the building trades – and that we’re putting technology at the forefront of the movement.  So far we’ve had our first 4 classes – 2 Skirmish level classes, which are our classes recommended for newer organizers, and 2 Special Ops classes, which are our classes recommended for more experienced organizers.  The composite overview has been a 3.75 out of 4 – our students love what we’re doing and more they’re walking away with actionable strategies for rapid growth in market share.  Now that the word has gotten out Labor College, which is our Facebook page ( is flirting with 100 likes, the phone is ringing off the hook, and the eMail box is always full.  So we released 3 more classes – 1 at the Skirmish level and 2 at the Special Ops level – you can check out for details on the new classes.
Anyways, you get the picture.  LaborCombat™ adds a ton of value and we’re having a great time doing it.  It’s a blast watching the reaction of our organizers when they hear about TechCombat™.  Everyone gets the new value proposition TechCombat™ brings.  The only question we’re getting is why haven’t we heard about this until now.  Our TechCombat™ consultants don’t really have the answer as to why this is such a new idea to unions – they’ve been doing this for clients since the Internet became.  So our organizers sit there scratching their, often grey, hair – a little pissed, but mostly primed and ready to take action.  
See I’m a grey hair as well and the more time I spend with these graduate students and high technology consultants the more I realize the chasm between what we know and what they know in regards to technology is huge.  It’s the size of the Grand Canyon.  If you’ve looked across the Grand Canyon you can appreciate the distance I’m referring to.  They grew up with this stuff.  To them it’s second nature and when you combine that with a formal business education, years of experience performing for clients, and LaborCombat™ you get TechCombat™.  
When the first graduate student and I crafted the strategy behind TechCombat™ I got a little carried away with my research – I’ve been known to do that with research – it’s my nature.  I had to know the current situation and how unions were using technology.  I spent hours, no days on my computer – or as the grad students call it, my machine.  Anyways, I visited over 1400 building trades union websites.  Brothers and sisters, it wasn’t good.  It’s no one’s fault.  The Internet has fundamentally changed the way our markets work.  The change is still fairly new in the grand scheme of things but it’s clear we do need help.  The good news is we now have a solution that’s simple to understand and we have professionals who can deliver results.  Our TechCombat™ consultants are hard core.  They have tons of case studies and examples on their ability to deliver results.  
The best part of all this is how measurable it is.  No more guessing on if strategies are working or not – you’ll have hard performance numbers within the first week.  After that it’s daily – heck we can even give you real time access to the performance of your campaign.  That’s the beauty of TechCombat™, no guessing, hard numbers, and timely feedback on performance.  
TechCombat™ leverages a dormant core competency unions already maintain for increased member hours and a new value proposition which leads to rapid growth in market share.  It produces bottom line results for our contractors which means they happily stay, more it makes bringing on non-union contractors a whole new ball game.  A ball game where we can start from the top with proposals that make sense for their bottom lines.  Brothers and sisters, pinch yourself this is not a dream.  It’s a gift that’s been long over due.  
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