The Impact of Uncertainty

I dread presidential elections. It’s not just the endless chatter of political talking heads making news out of nothing that drives me crazy, it’s the impact it has on my business at Bishop-Wisecarver.

Every four years about this time, I start to hear the same story over and over from my sales team: Customers hesitate to place orders because of “uncertainty” in the market.

I get the fact that businesses don’t like uncertainty, but I struggle to really reconcile why not knowing who the president will be prevents people from conducting business.

I often wonder if we tend to create our own reality around this concept. Are there so many messages in the media about uncertainty and fear that people overreact?

Do you see this type of “uncertainty” affecting your company? If you’re a job seeker, has this been used as a reason to not hire at this time? How “uncertain” is the current state of affairs in your industry? Will getting past the November elections make a difference for your business? Tell me what you think in the comment box.

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4 Responses to The Impact of Uncertainty

  1. william schmidt November 1, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    This election is particularly important. If we are going to continue to worry about the not yet implemented portions of obamacare or not. If we are going to continue to suffer from superflous federal edicts from czars. If taxes are going to be raised yet more again.

  2. William Gusnard November 1, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Getting past the November elections is very critical to my company. What we do and how we do it is very dependent on the politics of the party in office. I but equipment but since a different political party can bring in different regulations, I am hesitant to but anything know by not knowing which way EPA and OSHA could change their leaning.

    A very environmentally tree-hugging president hurts what I do. I literally had 10 thousnad acres of trees that my company had planted (old company) for the making of paper. A democratic controleed party and president sided with the environmentalists and would not let us cut down any of the tress we planted because we had created a new eco-habitat out of the desert in Washington. But, they would not let us cut off the water supply to these worthless trees without being penalized.

    Why would you be willing to spend money when a left-leaning liberal president has been giving away money and raising the National debt without anything to see for it except knowing that my kids will never be as well of as I was when I got out school 30 years ago.

  3. S.Mohan November 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm #


    While politics is same all over the world , in US it has become even uglier becuase you Americans made it money centric. If politicians are messing , it is because people blindly followed them and approved. like you guys sanctioned the war in Iraq.

    About the trees, you are selfish because you want to make money from the trees. environmentalist are right to fight for preservation. Are you not witnessing the fury of nature in East Coast? US is the biggest contributor to green house effect because of your gasoline drinking cars and industry. So time for you people to make amends. If Romney wins, you whites will happily ask him to go on drilling for oil and burn out more and wage another useless war in Iran. Learn from the Black man, he is strangling Iran without sqeezing a trigger.

  4. pkan December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I think we have to have a balanced approach when it comes to the environment. Living in California we are often held hostage to environmental laws that go way beyond common sense. On the flip side we have evolved into a state with cutting edge manufacturing abilities in order to comply within these laws.

    Here is just a sampling of what is coming down the pipeline in California in regards to new environmental laws – All impacts of AB32, extended producer responsibility, environmental justice, chromium 6 regulation, the California Environmental Quality Reform Act, green chemistry regulations, and storm water regulations just to name a few.