Clients in Abundance = Central Intelligence Agency
Two "different(?)" Business Models with almost identical recruitment strategies
"That nothing would be learned from our shared experience. That is what I fear most." - paraphrase of Trevor Noah in an interview at Princeton University published October 16, 2017.
The ' CIA STORY ' that inspired this essay is from PUSH BLACK, a resource for Black History anecdotes that I have supported since it first appeared on the Internet. It is about the "new" CIA diversity program. Perhaps not so ironically, I spent four intensive days in a workshop presented by a company called Clients In Abundance. For the sake of this essay, we will call them T.O.- CIA.
Their pitches are clones of each other. In both cases, information readily available was used by Artificial Intelligence (mega- computers) to identify a pool of potential clients with sufficient work-life experience and academic achievement to purchase their product/buy what they are offering at a premium price.
USA-CIA and Client's in Abundance marketing models are based on mathematical calculations that assign a dollar value to the cost of recruiting a new client. Under their economic schema, nothing is ever free, but everything is affordable.
Both companies' business models are based upon casting a wide net using Behavioral Economics principles ( academic-speak for Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent). Each business understands that there are always enough high-dollar clients that will immediately buy in/ join their unique offer of a lifetime. Once they pick the low-hanging fruit, they close up shop until the next harvest. They re-open their access points on an as-needed basis for a new cohort of high-dollar value clients.
So in this paragraph, I want to consider the "marks"/"recruitee's" point of view. Each potential client/ customer/ employee has their set of pain points that led them to consider their offer. They have typically been harmed before. Usually, the "harm" event or series of unfortunate events has occurred at the intersection of life in the USA and racism, sexism, xenophobia, age discrimination, sexual orientation, and or some mental health issue.
Their histories/ resumes/ databases are verifiable stories of resilience. Multiple elements of their origin stories indicate their courage, strength, and ethical-moral compasses. Verification is as simple as accessing their paper trails. predictive analytics tell The Other (T.O.) CIA and or the "new" CIA they have a trainee- plebe or a new customer who is trustworthy and loyal and a hard worker. Years of research and published tomes give them high confidence that their assets will be customers for pre-determined periods. How well and or how poorly they will be treated is the prime indicator of how much value they will add to the corporation's profits.
Now, the final approach to each business involves coming to a fork in the access road and making the best decision possible based upon the information each company chooses to disclose. This is where the potential customer/ client decides for Clients in Abundance or a career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Will I choose my ancestry or work-life balance in a corporation that could kill me for any mistakes/ mishaps/ etc.?
But I believe there are at least two other additional paths available. There are, in fact, a diverse set of alternative choices. So, rejecting doors #1 and #2, I choose to make a deal for any of the other doors.
If there are any "bumps"/ " obstacles'/ "challenges," they are always some fault of the consumer/ client. They (of course!) made some mistake, or they dropped the ball, or ( fill in the blank here). The two companies have no liability and can disavow any contact when things go wrong/ not as expected or predicted by the data-- by design.
If you ever really need assistance to remain as a customer, you will pay some premium price for that assistance--- and be happy to write the check. Your loyalty is demanded and required, but the business can and does get away with murder while you and your family members and friends suffer.
From PUSH BLACK:
“Woke.” “Progressive.” “Diverse.” Believe it or not, that’s what people have been calling the CIA’s new re-branding scheme – including a new video intended to “recruit more women and persons of color as undercover agents.”
But, here’s where it gets bad.
The bureau went further than just making a friendlier logo and website. The woman in their video, a non-Black Latina, unironically quoted Zora Neale Hurston, then said this:
"I am a woman of color ... diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder … I am intersectional … I did not sneak into CIA … I earned my way in.” What?
The entire video steals philosophies that were actually created by Black women and revolutionaries. For example, “intersectionality” was coined to describe violence against Black women.
In other words, the CIA is using language created by the people they’ve been spying on and assassinating for generations.
Not to mention, only 10.8% of CIA leaders are non-white – and even fewer are Black in senior ranks. But the answer definitely isn’t more "diversity."
“Diversity” won’t stop the U.S. from pillaging the Black diaspora. The CIA kills the radicals who create liberatory language, then disposes of their bodies – and now is co-opting their words! But we’re not their puppets. We need to tell them no – joining the CIA to kill our own people is NOT liberation!
Caveat emptor! A pox on both their houses. When people tell you they are CIA-- believe them, vet what they tell you, then choose wisely. There are always more than two choices! If retired CIA employee Malcolm Nance had endorsed either business, I might have taken a second look at either or both businesses.
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