Light year Alliance Review

Light year Alliance is one of the biggest digital phone and broadband internet providers that was founded by John S. Henderson in 2003. The company boasts of 80,000 sq. ft World Headquarters and about 100,000 customers. It is the direct sales section of Light year Network Solutions that serves as its parent company. The customers are mainly residential users, small offices and home office users.

The company is led by an expert team of individuals who have a great deal of experience in the phone and Internet industry. It also consists of a representative who is making efforts to help Spanish speaking people benefit from the company’s services and products. It has also found a place in magazines such as USA Today, the Economist and Red Herring, as per the Light year Alliance news room division. Not only this, the company is involved with the USA Harvest, an NGO that is committed to serve the hungry in the US.

Light year Alliance provides digital broadband phone services and broadband Internet to its customers. The company has various local and long distance calling packages and other options like three-way calling, call waiting, call forwarding besides the usual services. There is an option of unlimited calling to the United States and Canada. However, only the cost of the digital phone service is mentioned on their website. Any other information can be obtained by contacting the company only.

All these products are sold through the independent sales representatives of Light year Alliance. These representatives are paid every week. The company has a program called ‘My Wireless Rep’ which they can use for making business. There is an Online Wireless Store that helps customers to join for the wireless phone service from the whole of U.S. One more novel thing is the Extraordinaire Magazine $2,000 Guarantee. The website claims that if you follow their 4-step process for 6 months, you will earn at least $2000, or the company will pay you the difference.

The whole idea is that the greater number of people that a representative has working under him, the greater will be his earnings as commission and bonuses. It is nothing but a pyramid scheme sales opportunity. The Online store has Flash videos that a probable representative can view for details. However, Light year Alliance website does not mention anything about the training given to them and the start up costs. It is advisable that you clarify all your doubts with an existing customer or representative and then think of joining.

Beware of Partnering Promises: Validate Why and Who To Engage With Before Forming Business Alliances

Before you engage in any partnering effort, be sure your expectations are valid. Do
you have good reasons to partner with other businesses? You should. Do you know
enough about your partner? You should. Beware of the wrong deal or the wrong
partner. But don’t let that scare you off. Partnering may be your company’s most
lucrative path for revenue growth and innovation development.

Don’t be swayed by promises your partner may not be able to keep. Don’t be
sucked into deals offering revenue you may never see. First, you must define your
own partnering goals. Second, find a compatible ally. Before you start negotiating
with anyone, conduct the appropriate due diligence to be sure they are actually
capable of delivering up their end of the bargain.

The First Step in A Thousand Partnerships

Whether your business generates profits directly or indirectly, markets or makes
products or services, sells via the Web or a sales force, offers parts or end-to-end
solutions, operates locally or globally, you cannot afford to ignore the partnering
opportunities available to you right now for growing revenue, innovation and brand
equity.

But before you begin to engage potential partners, think about how far you want
this journey to take you. Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu is quoted as saying, “A
journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” On its surface the statement
seems to say the obvious. After all, even if the journey is only two steps long, it
begins with a first step. So what did he really mean? Your level of commitment and
resolution to reach your destination is encapsulated in how you begin. Very little
determination is required in taking two steps. But one who embarks on a thousand
mile walk must summon a whole lot of tenacity and purpose into that first step.

Starting down the path of partnership is similar. Don’t take it lightly. View your first
partnering initiative as the first of many – the first step in a thousand partnerships.
Fail to start out right and nothing of consequence can follow. Start with the right
reason and a good understanding of the path before you and you’re on your way to
reaching your goal.

Before You Begin: Choose A Powerful Reason To Start With

Before you engage in the partnering process, be sure to have a clear plan. First,
decide on the best reasons to pursue alliances.

Your first alliance should be a strong one. Have a reason powerful enough to launch
your enterprise on its way to future partnerships — able to take you as far as you
can foresee.

Here are ten solid reasons for engaging in partnerships:

1. Customer Access – Two marketers exchanging access to compatible
customers.

2. Sales Initiatives – Producer or marketer working in tandem with a sales
force organization, retailer or Web store to increase sales.

3. Market Expansion – Partnership aimed at penetrating new or niche
markets.

4. Unique Value Alliance – Marketer with strong customer base partners
with innovative supplier adding unique value to the marketer’s offering and
increased sales for the supplier.

5. Building Scale – Partnership formed to achieve economies of scale.

6. Innovation and Specialization – Public, education or private enterprises
combine financial and knowledge resources to research and develop innovative or
specialty products, services or solutions.

7. Supply Chain Stability – Marketers trade exclusivity with suppliers in
exchange for investment in quality, cost reduction, and priority speed to market;
The supplier is able to make long-term commitments at stable levels and pass on
the benefits to the marketer.

8. Distributor Partnering – An alliance between manufacturers and
distributors to provide access to new markets, domestic or foreign, or strengthen a
position in existing markets.

9. Parts Manufacturing Partnership – Two or more manufacturers of
component parts pool their resources to produce a better product.

10. Licensing Agreements – Alliances providing license to proprietary
products, support services or technology.

Before You Engage: Learn About the Road You Will Be Taking

You may be motivated to go the thousand miles until you discover it’s all uphill. So
before you start on your way, be sure you know what’s in front of you. Six of ten
alliances collapse at some point down the road, because one or more of the
partners failed to do their due diligence. Before you engage a partner, learn the
following:

1. Management Strength and Integrity – Who runs the company – senior
officers and board of directors? Are these people dealing from strength or
weakness? Do they deal with integrity or are they the kind to cut corners or look the
other way? Do they have a litigation history?

2. Short-term Objectives and Long-term Goals – What is their corporate
strategy? What is their partnering strategy? What will they gain by partnering with
you?

3. Performance Rating – Is their organization efficient? Is it flexible? Is it
focused? Do they have other partners? How well have these alliances performed?
How well have they performed in the past? Regarding: quality of goods or services,
speed of delivery, pricing and management response to solving problems.

4. Capabilities and Innovations – What are their capabilities: past, present
and future? How committed are they to investing in capabilities that would benefit
your business? How creative are they? Are they unique and innovative?

5. Financial Considerations – What is their credit standing? Are they
profitable – as measured by EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation
and Amortization)? Are they growing? At what rate – as measured by CAGR
(Compound Annual Growth Rate)?

6. Resources and Employees – Do they have the resources to deliver on
their end of the partnership at the scale required? Do they have the staff or
outsourcing to fulfill your orders? Are there unresolved issues with labor or former
employees?

7. Risks and Compatibilities – Are your trade secrets safe with them? Is
their company a fit with your company in regards to markets and cultures? Are they
looking for an exit strategy? How would a change in management or ownership
affect your alliance? Will they be sold in the near future or right after they close the
deal with your company? Is your partner planning on bringing in new investors? How
can you get out of a failing alliance? Who will own new intellectual property rights
and patents produced by your partnering?

Before you make contact with the prospect partner conduct as much research as is
available to you. A second, more comprehensive and mutual due diligence phase
must be undertaken once both parties have agreed to embark on negotiations. You
will want to personally visit your prospect partner’s offices or production facilities.

The Office (DVD) Review

One of the most refreshing new comedy series on TV, The Office catalogues the inner-workings of a fictional Pennsylvania paper company called Dunder-Mifflin. The name itself alludes to some sort of bureaucratic labyrinth administered by dunderheads, and in reality, it is. Unfortunately, what makes The Office so hilarious is the ability of viewers to relate to the onscreen office culture. The branch office of Dunder-Mifflin viewers are privy to is managed by the politically-incorrect, borderline lunatic Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Using twisted logic to set company policy, worn out clich├ęs as a substitute for leadership, and an endless array of corny group activities to lift employee morale, he creates an office atmosphere that makes the career of Dilbert seem desirable in contrast.

Carell, star of the recent box office hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, shines in the role of the nutty and eccentric office manager, and his talents are well complimented by Rainn Wilson who plays the part of Michael’s butt-kiss, rule-Nazi lackey, Dwight Schrute. Dwight’s over-the-top antics conflict with the rest of the office, particularly co-worker Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) whom Dwight would like to fire. A charming unspoken office crush between Jim and Pam Beesley (Jenna Fischer) makes for an interesting and recurring subplot. Both Jim and Pam epitomize the remainder of the cast of Dunder-Mifflin employees who come across as logical, well-reasoned, and normal individuals. Normal people stuck in a bizarre world where idiots like Michael and Dwight preside over their working hours. Similar in theme to the equally funny feature film Office Space, The Office provides us with a much more excitable Bill Lumbergh lording over an army of Peter Gibbons-like worker bees. For creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who first experienced success with the concept in the UK, it’s a recipe for pure, unadulterated laughter.

The Office (Season 1) DVD features six hilarious episodes including the season premiere in which a camera crew arrives at Dunder-Mifflin in order to film a documentary. Naturally, Michael tries to portray himself as a brilliant steward of office productivity, while office enemies Jim and Dwight engage in a series of desk battles. Viewers also get a glimpse of the regular flirtations between Jim and Pam. Other notable episodes include “Diversity Day” in which Michael engages in a feeble and half-hearted attempt to shed light on office diversity, while alienating most of his employees in the process, and “Health Care” in which Michael, afraid of bearing bad news, delegates his authority to Dwight who creates an utter fiasco of the company health care plan.

Below is a list of episodes included on The Office (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 03-24-2005

Episode 2 (Diversity Day) Air Date: 03-29-2005

Episode 3 (Health Care) Air Date: 04-05-2005

Episode 4 (The Alliance) Air Date: 04-12-2005

Episode 5 (Basketball) Air Date: 04-19-2005

Episode 6 (Hot Girl) Air Date: 04-26-2005