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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Oprah Winfrey’s Effect

Humanitarian and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is a magnanimous human being. Her endorsement of individuals and products she likes is well documented. Oprah’s stamp of approval is said to change the fortunes of millions of individuals all over the world. There are over 100 companies who have become instantly famous and financially successful after appearing on her television shows, either as a guest or as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” Namely, her book club has had a positive effect on reading in America: a plethora of book clubs have been launched because of Oprah’s Book Club. Her magazine, “O,” was an instant success with the launch of its first issue; this is unheard of in the publishing industry. The list of Oprah’s effect on individuals and products she champions goes on and on.
I had the opportunity to experience Oprah’s effect twice. Once while I was working for PolyGram Records as a Publicist for singer/songwriter Oleta Adams and then again when I was Senior Director of Media Relations for legendary icon Mr. Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records. In the former scenario, Oleta was booked on Oprah’s show to sing her hit single, “Get Here.” The next day after Oleta’s appearance on The Oprah Show, PolyGram Records sold almost 100,000 Oleta Adams CDs. This sale boost propelled Oleta to her first Gold Album; an occasion our  PolyGram staff thankfully celebrated. In the latter scenario, I was on a historic tour with Mr. Jones – after 23 years of not touring he  had consented to a promotional tour in support of his “Q’s Jook Joint” CD. One morning while on  the promotional tour, Mr. Jones called me to his suite and instructed that I send some flowers to Oprah at her office in Chicago. He then dictated a note to me that was to accompany the flowers. I remember the feeling today like it was yesterday. I felt elated – goose bumps et al – calling a Chicago florist to order flowers for Oprah and dictate a note to her from Mr. Jones. If you are not familiar with Mr. Jones’ writing, let me say he is a MASTER of the spoken word. The note was beautiful. I’ll never forget the opportunity Mr. Jones gave me to communicate with Oprah. It  feels like yesterday (I believe I said that already)….excuse me.   

As I witnessed what Oprah’s endorsements have done for Lisa Price, CEO of Carol’s Daughter; Lori Karmel, Owner of We Take The Cake and Jon Bresler, Owner of Lafco Enterprises among others, I am reminded of how her generous behavior – building an extraordinary relationship with her audience – has resulted in a force for good for many. Oprah calls it “Living Your Best Life.”

Of course Oprah has detractors, but at the end of the day, in my humble opinion, she is doing more good in this world than many of the people who dislike her. Keep On Rising Miss Oprah Winfrey; your star continues to shine.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Greed

Whether it’s high powered lawyer Marc Dreier or auction house Sotheby’s president Diana D. Brooks or economics professor Al Parish or philanthropist and diplomat Dr. Henry Jones, there seems to be no shortage of greedy people in America. The question is “when is enough, ENOUGH?”
These highly intelligent individuals, most of them men, fool themselves to believe that they are smarter than the rest of society. In their hubris and arrogance – while preying on their victims – they ignore simple impulses such as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” “big brother – the FBI, CIA, SEC, Federal Attorneys, trusted employees, friends and neighbors – are also watching,” and “no good deed goes unturn.”

While their victims are damaged by these selfish individuals’ actions, most of them do not care that their schemes have caused innocent  and trusted individuals pain and suffering. Here is my other question, “why should they care?’ After all it’s all about them. It’s all about their greed. I wonder if these individuals look themselves in the mirror daily and recite “I am the most important person in the world!”

In the end, they never win, because bad behavior is NEVER rewarded FOREVER.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Real Sports

“Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” is arguably one of the best sports show on television. Bryant and his colleagues usually produce some of today’s most controversial, well executed and newsworthy issues in sports. The recent episode of “Real Sports” which centered around the question, “should college athletes be paid for playing sports?” though provocative was also a cautionary debate of what’s wrong with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) policy regarding compensating college athletes. The round-table discussion with guests Billy Packer, college basketball analyst; Rich Rodriguez, former football coach of University of Michigan; Jason Whitlock, sports journalist; Jeffrey Orleans, former commissioner of the Ivy League and Gumbel was spirited and informative, but it left a few questions unanswered.
Packer and Rodriguez were against paying college athletes while Gumbel, Whitlock and Orleans were in favor of paying the athletes. College athletes are fueling a multi-BILLION DOLLARS industry, college sports, which do not compensate them fairly for the billions of dollars and notoriety they bring to their schools. Most of the athletes recruited to play college sports are from poor and middle class families. Thus, the opportunity to play college sports and eventually have a professional sports career is alluring to the recruits. The question is, “are they prepared to take advantage of the opportunity,” asked Jason Whitlock. I believe that most of them are not.

I also believe that the statement made by Bernard Goldberg, a regular journalist on “Real Sports” who was assigned to conduct the interviews for the episode, was the most poignant remark. He intimated that the NCAA has a great business model as a matter of fact it’s the “only one” of its kind in America. The model is “you make billions of dollars, but you don’t have to pay the employees anything.” The colleges make hundreds of millions of dollars, the coaches make millions and the athletes, some of them, cannot even afford food and the opportunity to visit their families at the end of the football season.

Though the NCAA is a benevolent institution, it must do more financially for its college athletes. It’s one of the only ways to eliminate some of the bad behavior (cheating and grafting) that is taking place in college sports. After all, college students studying other professions are allowed to make money while in college, why shouldn’t college athletes have the same opportunities.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/LeBron James

I am not a LeBron James, Miami Heat basketball player, hater. As a matter of fact,  I admire LeBron. I believe that besides the Los Angeles Lakers Kobi Bryant, Lebron is the best player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). My wish is that Kobi and LeBron will meet in the 2010-2011 NBA Championship Series in July.
 

Last Tuesday, I was perplexed at LeBron’s bad behavior which occurred before a NBA game against his former team, The Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron’s behavior gave his critics the opportunity to once again ridicule him. Before the fourth and final game of the season between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers – the Heat had won all three prior games – LeBron’s name was announced – as is the standard policy of the NBA when introducing the starting players of each team. Regretably, LeBron was no where to be found. His excuse, “I was in the restroom.”  C’mon LeBron, you are better than that. It’s winning time, you can’t be missing.

Several NBA Analysts, most of them are former NBA players, reporting on the game expressed the opinion that they had never seen this kind of behavior before in the NBA. LeBron is probably the most “marquee” player in the NBA. He has got to learn and commit to memory the African Proverb “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” When he left Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, his decision impacted, both financially and emotionally, tens of thousands of individuals. LeBron will have to develop the stamina to withstand the Cavaliers’ fans wrath for several years, unless he plans on retiring next season.

I believe that LeBron’s confidants and handlers must prepare him for ridicule whenever he’s in Cleveland. They must realize that Cleveland holds a special place in LeBron’s heart and mind and thus must be given “special attention,” especially since there was much hoopla surrounding his leaving Cleveland, his native city, for Miami.

NOTE: Cleveland Cavaliers won the game against Miami Heat last Tuesday evening. In my humble opinion, Miami Heat lost the game when its leader, LeBron James, lost his will to face the Cavaliers fans and their hatred for him.

LeBron is more distinguished than his recent bad behavior in Cleveland. He could lead his team to an NBA Championship. He can do it with the right attitude and behavior.