Posts tagged Daryl Surat
Manager Tools - **WARNING** **WARNING** **Boring ‘work’ kind of stuff ahead** In my ‘real’ life, I am a manager. Those that manage teams will agree with me that it’s easy to lead, it’s much much much harder to lead well. I try to gather information from all kinds of sources but with the amount of other reading for pleasure and my short attention span, I was having a good bit of trouble trying to collect information, especially real world experiences. It’s real easy for some professor that hasn’t managed people in the work force for the last 10 years to spit his drivel at me but I wanted to pick the brain of real managers that dealt with real issues (i.e. PDPs, annual reviews, one-on-ones, etc.) in the modern workplace. Mark and Mike are two long time friends that have experience as managers in the traditional workforce, the military and as consultants. This wide breadth of knowledge means these guys have seen it all! I was hooked on their original set on interviewing and the pitfalls of ‘embellishing’ yourself. The podcast has one major quality that these informational shows have a problem with: they are entertaining. I have heard others say that Mark and Mike have a tendency to get off track but it’s this friendly banter that gives them that ‘real world’ credibility I enjoy. Their constant schilling of their upgraded ‘paid’ product can get annoying but that is more than offset by the information you get.
For those not in the know… September 1st is normally when a good number on companies begin their new fiscal year. So you will see a lot of business news come out this week. Yesterday was the big announcement that The Walt Disney Company (DIS) had put an offering out to purchase Marvel Enterprises (MVL). Today it was a wee bit more somber. ADV Films announced it was closing shop and moving its assets to other companies under the ADV umbrella.
Anyone that had been listening to people like myself, Daryl Surat or Paul Chapman, will know that we were prophesying the downfall of ADV as early as Anime Festival Orlando 2008. ADV is a private company, so it does not need to make any of its dealings and/or profitability public, so we have not been able to see the actual sales numbers of their titles from the beginning. Just looking over the company’s public practices and business dealings over the last few years (the drastic drop in sponsorships being one) would point in the direction that something was wrong. Add the recent Anime purge from Best Buy’s inventory, you can see that the shadow of death looming.
It should be interesting… but the fact that ADV would release Evangelion every 2 years as an ongoing cash influx, just stinks of poor business… in my humble opinion.