Right in the Old Gazoo…

I’ve always admired Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, whose book – “Right in the Old Gazoo” – is one of my all-time favorite political memoirs.

I’m not saying I always agreed with Simpson’s policy positions, but I always appreciated the fact that I knew where he stood and, more importantly, why he stood there. While he had strong opinions – and wasn’t afraid to share them – he was willing to listen to other views and wise enough to know when it made sense to compromise and when it didn’t. That’s an increasingly rare characteristic among legislators today.

When it comes to politicians – and people, in general – I don’t like mysteries.   That’s why I’ve always liked and respected (though not always agreed with) Allen Bailey. Many of you know him as the CEO of a top-notch actuarial consulting firm that counts quite a few fraternals among his clients. And, like Senator Simpson, he’s a rather astute observer of the business practices of the fraternal community and he’s always more than willing to share his views on those practices in an effort to help improve them and enhance the professionalism and profitability of the fraternal sector.

His latest unedited and unvarnished insights can be found HERE. Let me warn you, these are not for the faint of heart. You may see some familiar fraternal flaws in here that will make you uncomfortable – like a punch in the old gazoo. But you can’t remove the burrs from your saddle unless you can feel them and find them. And Allen does a good job of creating a map to their exact location.

Let me know what you think of Allen’s piece by posting a comment here or sending me an email at jannotti@fraternalalliance.org. You can also send an email directly to Allen at abailey@allenbailey.com.

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  1. Virginia Holmes, FCSLA Trustee : May 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree that fraternals must think outside the box. Reliance solely on an agency system only serves to drain the surplus of the fraternal. Investing in marketing and underwriting via IT will ultimately enhance cost/benefit of the investment. Gradually easing into this IT way of marketing, sales and service wil benefit the fraternals for future success and legacy. Excellent article.

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