THIS IS PERFECTION

 “I have always been willing to put myself at great personal risk for the sake of entertainment. And I’ve always been willing to put you at great personal risk, for the same reason!”

Those are the words of George Carlin. Like any other person George had flaws however he was also a successful comedian. There was no subject he did not find the comic element much to the delight of his audience. Sometimes he was even controversial to the point of audience abuse if ever there was such a thing in a comedy show. But  he left a legacy behind and one of his legacy is his writings on social matters that relate to how we behave and why we do the things we do. By We I mean Us, human beings. Here is one of his social letters to humanity that really causes us to pause and think. It makes us realize, for better off for worse that we are our greatest enemy and that humanity is only a button away from self-destruction.

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The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

This friends, is perfection.

Soldiers Deck of Cards

This will be taking you way back to your childhood days but I can vividly remember my Dad played this song called Deck of Cards one Sunday evening. It was a slow song with a religious undertone. If you were a member of my household you would understand that you had no choice but to listen to these songs every Sunday , like it or not because my father ruled the sunday airwaves in the house. And most households at the time fathers and mothers had their day when it was all about their songs.

So hearing the song Deck of Cards by Tex Ritter was educating for me as I listened to it and the words were compelling. What a beautiful song I remember saying and the song remained with me all those years. That was about 1980 or there about.

Circa 20 years later May 30 2012. I received an email from a friend and the title said Soldiers Deck of Cards. Immediately my interest peaked and I opened the youtube link  My thoughts immediately went to my growing up days and the video played and there it was , the same topic as the good old Tex Ritters’ version but this time it was all modern and fresh. What can this guy do or say about this popular song. After watching  the  video you can see why . You see the video not only dealt with the same topic of what a deck of cards meant, but it took it a step further and added this pictorial at the end of the song. Tex Ritter I am sure smiled in heaven when he sees this video as did I also smiled when I saw the video. No wonder the video had over 3 million hits.

The deck of cards still remains a solemn poignant pause of what it means to be a soldier not only on the battle field but a soldier of your own home. Thank you Mom for the link. Love ya !

Management is a Lifestyle

I was in the gym today having a casual discussion with a friend about some common interest in entertainment. The discussion centered around  a scenario that some people find it difficult to manage especially when the new manager was the buddy of the same people he is managing just a week ago.

The problem the new manager has is effecting the transition. from being a member of the team to now being a leader of the team. That transition comes with a lot of sacrifice that he is not ready to give up. If you read all the management books in the world they will all tell you about the pros and cons of this scenario. It is well documented. But what the books or professors fail to tell the student is that management is a lifestyle. Some people may disagree but when you think about it look at all the leaders in the world, past and present and see what is the common trait in all of them. The answer – A lifestyle.

The leader or manager can party with the team, they can have a drink with the boys. They  can go shopping with the girls. It is encouraged. What is not allowed is the leader cannot be one of them. He , and I am using the collective HE,  has to know that he is the leader so whilst he can go shopping or drinking he cannot get drunk. He cannot spend all his money and be broke. He has to be sober and sane enough to say to the team enough is enough, time to go and go he must. This is the lifestyle i am talking about. It is showing your team how disciplined you are despite the distractions of the drinking , partying and shopping.

To have discipline is to create a lifestyle of strong mental fortitude. A lifestyle that will always come to manifest itself when the team is looking at you. They are looking to you for direction. If your lifestyle is one of party, wild abandonment and carefree then you are not managing the team. You are merely one of the boys and the team will look for a leader who has a lifestyle that they can emulate and follow. A leader cannot hide.

So this is my first blog for the website. Management is a lifestyle. I invite you to comment on this topic.

Insider’s Tip

I recently participated in an open discussion on the topic of how do you direct the natural need of persons attending a meeting or convention to sit at the back of the room leaving the front seats empty. My response was :

“For me people will instinctively want to go to the back as it is the place where they feel most
comfortable. It’s like they are hiding in an open box hoping not to be seen. I never try to reinvent the wheel on this one. Use lighting to your benefit and only light the area of seating as the audience comes in. Yes have your staff there and as the room fills the lights go up. Using only one door for entrance also helps to ‘herd’ the attendees 
in and as the room fills close that door and use the rear door to fill the seats to the rear. As a Wow moment at some point in the conference offer the first row of  persons a small gift for being the first attendees. It encourages them. It could be anything but it must be small and inexpensive. It really is all about the acknowledgement rather than the gift.”

People will be people and nobody wants to sit at the front,  maybe an exception or two but most tend not to want the spotlight. Tips- set your room up so there are no back seats. Put the stage in the center and have the seats flow around the stage. It gives the speaker the opportunity to be closer to the audience, it is good theater in the round and it makes everyone feels equal , remember Arthur’s round table. Same concept. Always make your audience feel comfortable. That is the start to a successful meeting without the first word being spoken.

I invite you to share your thoughts or ideas on this topic.