Sunday, January 16, 2005

The Next Pink Slip Could Be Yours!

Will your job be the next to be outsourced? When multi-national corporations outsource American jobs to the third world are they importing a lower standard of living? Are the corporations that outsource American jobs loyal to our homeland or do they see only "profit potential?" Is our country just another piece on the chessboard of economic globalization? Can the United States afford to lose its entire manufacturing potential? Is it in Americas interest to depend entirely on other countries for our manufactured goods? Does the strength of our military lie entirely with the weapons and the warriors or with the economy that supports them? Will the land of opportunity become the land of the haves and the have-nots? Does Rome burn while we enjoy the deceitful melodies that are played by our leaders?

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

The Old Man

The old man looks past the slowly rising fog into the rays of the sun. It’s a new day for him and it’s a new day for his world. It is a day that is like many others before it. Eighty-three years of days have come and gone for him. He has lately become confused with the arrival of the new day. A flood of feelings now arrive with the sun. His past and present seem to now rise together as he greets each day with this mixture of feelings that he can barely understand. “Just getting old,” he thinks. “When I was young I felt separate from the world, but now I feel like I’m an actor in a grand play!” "And I think I will soon know how the play ends!"

Friday, January 07, 2005

Leadership: The Driving Forces

Will a great leader arise to lead America in this time of need?
Throughout history great leaders seems to always arise when they are needed. It is hard to imagine our Unions survival during the Civil War without Abraham Lincoln. It is impossible to imagine Great Britain surviving the German bombings without Winston Churchill. It is equally as hard to imagine the civil rights movement without Martin Luther King Jr. There seems to be many forces at work that foster the emergence of leadership in individuals. I can think of six major driving forces behind the rise of leadership.

The nature of the cause
The passion for the cause
The ability to focus on the cause
The commitment to the cause
The ability to communicate
The chance event of being in the right place at the right time

It also appears that many of the greatest leaders have come from the ranks of the working people. At the opposite ends of the god and evil spectrum, Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler are good examples of men with extraordinary leadership abilities who came from very humble backgrounds. It could also could be said that some histories worst leaders were installed, assumed a throne or seized power by force. So was our current president installed or did he assume the throne?

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