Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Workplace Harassment: Trickster and Pied Piper

Welcome to Funding the Kryptonite, where we will look at the plans of comic book super villains and discuss them from a business perspective.

The issue of the day seems to be gay characters in comic books and the real world outrage by groups such as One Million Moms over the existence of these characters. Apparently, these issues are too complex and hard to understand for children and these parents are concerned about exposure to homosexual characters will harm their kids. I disagree with that position.

So today I’m going to discuss how a partnership between the Trickster and the Pied Piper in Countdown, already somewhat strained due to the circumstances of their situation, gets increasingly worse because the Trickster doesn’t want to focus on business and lets their makeshift work environment go down the drains over the fact that, horror of horrors, the Pied Piper is gay! It shouldn't be a problem, and yet is.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Motivating Madness: Poorly Rewarding Employees

Welcome back to Funding the Kryptonite, a blog that will take a look at comic book super villains and discuss them from a business perspective.

I want to talk about incentivizing people today, and how it is important to not just offer the high level benefits to employees, such as money and stock options, but to also be willing to give quality of life benefits. This is especially important when it comes to Order of the Stick antagonist Xykon, and how the benefits, and drawbacks, of his lichdom has caused problems for him and his business partners.