Being Politically Incorrect According to the Academic World

Blog Posting # 620 @ 8 January 2021; Copyright 2020: EducateMHC

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Being Politically Incorrect According to the Academic World

Every business type, military service branch, and most socio-economic groups have their own lingo, slang, preferred terminology; in other words, correct communication. Well, one institute of higher learning, here in the U.S., has taken it upon themselves to educate their students, employees, vendors, and faculty members not to use what the university deems to be ‘politically incorrect’ words (nearly three dozen) in writing and interpersonal conversations.

So, what are these ‘bad words’? The following tale uses most of them within context of a story. Unfortunately, I’ve had to capitalize ‘the words’ as the blog program does not accept bold or italic print.

He’d been the STRAW MAN for a recent real estate deal. But it turns out; I’d been SOLD DOWN THE RIVER, even GYPPED out of my security deposit. Then and there, I decided to be MASTER of my fate, to CRACK THE WHIP so to speak, to ensure future success!

CRAZY as it sounds, the plan worked! THINKING back over what happened, I can see how the GUYS I now trust, have taken me from being LOW MAN ON THE TOTEM POLE, to being host of a gala BROWN BAG – PICNIC, to celebrate our success.

So, what happened to the UPPITY DUMMY? Well, he’s now BLACKLISTED and OFF THE RESERVATION, until such time as when he might be GRANDFATHERED back into investment circles. In the meantime, I have this NATIVE desire to share this PRIVILEGED ACCOUNT with you; lest you too – like me, become CRIPPLED, DISABLED, and otherwise HANDICAPPED enough to consider a SANITY CHECK.

Where does that leave us today? Depends. If you attend the University of Michigan, its’ ‘Words Matter Task Force’ will be on hand to change your BLACK-AND-WHITE thinking to binary thinking, or ‘all-or-nothing thinking’. You ready for that?

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SWOT Analysis…

It seems SWOT Analysis has been around ‘forever’. I’ve used it repeatedly during a 40+ years career in factory-built and manufactured housing, and owning/operating land lease communities. Also found SWOT Analysis to be particularly useful as one several investigative tools I applied, as a freelance management consultant, to various projects.*1

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, relative to an organization, whether business or social in nature. Teaching SWOT is one of many mainstays of the popular Manufactured Housing Manager (‘MHM’) professional property management training and certification program. For more information, visit www.educatemhc.com

Briefly put, SWOT is the documentation and analysis of present day, internal Strengths & Weaknesses of, as well as future, external Opportunities & Threats to, said organization, community, or social group.

If unfamiliar with this strategic planning tool, suggest you research it further, before beginning.

For that matter; in my opinion, it’d be a worthy and timely exercise for elected and salaried leaders of the manufactured housing industry and land lease community real estate asset class, as we head into year 2021. Who knows? We might find out what ails us as an industry these days; why we haven’t experienced 100,000+ new HUD-Code housing shipments since 2006 (14 years ago!) when 117,510+/- homes ‘hit the road’.

End Note.
1. Management consulting tools: 5Ms of Management; 6 Right Ps of Marketing; etc.. For complete list, read Chapbook of Business & Management Wisdom, available from EducateMHC.
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George Allen, CPM, MHM
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