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Creating Present Values

“A cynic is a person who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
-La Rouchefourd
The concept of present value is so common in our calculations and our thinking that we take its reality for granted. The difference between present value and reality is something akin to the difference between reported earnings and cash flow. We at TIG are dedicated to the proposition that corporations can flush waste, and when they do, they immediately create value in the present. We think of it, in fact, as a present. Not that we work for free, but because our fees are largely a percentage of the savings we generate, there is an aspect of our work, when viewed from the top, that is a present the company gives to itself today.

What’s this Elephant doing in my logo?

TIG uses an elephant in its logo because we believe elephants are both the most corporate of animals and because their current environment bears an uncanny resemblance to the playing fields of global corporations today. We have learned much about corporate behavior by observing elephant societies in the quest to not merely endure, but prevail.

We hope you will enjoy this synopsis of our findings:

An elephant family is led by a matriarch, with the matriarch being the oldest and most experienced of the herd. The close contact and relationship between the matriarch and the members of the herd allows the rest of the elephants to acquire knowledge to be used when needed.

A basic African family unit contains six to twelve members. However, families of twelve or more elephants are quite common in certain areas. After an indeterminate amount of time, part of the group will split off to form a new family. This seems to depend on both environmental and social influences, such as, how well the family members are getting along and the amount of food that is available to support the group. In times of food shortage, families typically will split apart to maximize the possibility for survival.
Often times when groups split apart, they maintain close association between each other; this includes travelling together throughout the range. These related groups have been coined 'bond groups'. When the matriarch dies, she is replaced not necessarily by her direct offspring, but by the most experienced female member of the group.


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