Thursday, August 27, 2015

In the News 16

While I have not touched an actual newspaper in some time, I do skim through the online news headlines each day. There is always something that catches my attention, whether it involves human conflict, a human interest piece, the sports wrap, or just the usual absurdities. In this series, I carve out a space for my opinions, reminiscences, or comments.

Nevzat Aydin - The CEO of the largest food delivery company in Turkey had for 15 years built his business from the ground up. He was always very close and very appreciative of his employees and believed that they were the reason behind his success. Recently Mr. Aydin sold his company to a German conglomerate and decided to provide bonuses for his 114 employees amounting to a total of $27M. This is an average of nearly $250,000 per worker. Mr. Aydin was quoted as saying, "If there is a success, we have accomplished it all together." Man, I found this story quite refreshing. This story ran on CNN on July 28, 2015.

Major League Baseball - Back when I was a kid in the 1970s, following a baseball team was more than rooting for a particular colored jersey. Teams in those days tended to stay pretty much intact for quite some time. Cheering for a team meant cheering for a collection of individuals that you had come to know over time. It meant staying true through the peaks and through the valleys. Today, sports teams change over their complete rosters seemingly on an annual basis. If a team gets off to a bad start, it dumps all of its popular players to save some money. Then in the off-season, it just goes shopping for replacements to try again. Rice, Lynn, Evans, Hobson, Burleson, Doyle, Cooper, Fisk, Lee, Tiant, House, Carbo, Yastrzemski were all players on the Red Sox team that I rooted for growing up. Now I can name no more than a small handful on that team, and in a few years those names will turn to dust. I think the magic has long since disappeared. The stories of rampant player trades were in the news leading up to the Major League Baseball trading deadline of July 31, 2015.