Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day, A Sad Reminder...

Memorial Day, A Sad Reminder...
By Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO CommSmart Global Group of Companies

Monday is Memorial Day It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many folks visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season and any excuse to party.

Not a good time for some to remember how their family war heroes have been neglected and died at the hands of their own country and the Veteran's Administration.

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit their departed loved ones, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi. Who you might say? He ran for president of the USA against Lincoln, he was a strong Confederate man.

Sadly, Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. 

For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday and basically the start of a four day weekend. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This does cause some congestion on highways and at airports. It also increases the size of the American belly!

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Gentlemen, Do You Dress to the Right or Left? More seem to dress to the left, has nothing to do politically. No idea, does it move around like a windsock...

Gentlemen, Do You Dress to the Right or Left?
More seem to dress to the left, has nothing to do politically.
No idea, does it move around like a windsock...
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group of Companies

Maybe you have never been asked that question...

It is as important, important as the question each woman should be answering about the fitting and size of her bra.

When one has a dress suit or a pair of dress pants made for you, by a 'bespoke tailor', that is the important question, as he has taken your inside leg measurement.  You know the one where the tip of his brass ended tape, misses the family jewels.

You see, if you have ill-fitting trousers they pinch your testicles and are extremely annoying.  Discomfort really does not describe the feeling and making a 'public adjustment' is not done by a gentlemen.

Ladies, you fully understand that one when your bra pinches and misplaces your assets.

You may be wondering what is my point or where this is leading to.

Simple, societal issues have gone way beyond a discomfort stage, especially completing one's daily employment.  Having a job description is one thing, being allowed to fulfil those challenged tasks is quite another.

Inner corporate forces that you must listen to each day drive you to despair. 

The bullying supervisor, or in law enforcement, the overweight desk sergeant or patrol leader, who purely makes your life hell in their forceful manner.  Telling you, no demanding, how you will do your job or your life will be a misery, which it already is.  This is happening in all walks of life where you as a decision maker have been compromised in doing the right thing.

Oh it is greater than dressing right or left, or wearing an ill-fitting bra.  It is about how you react with the community and what life-changing actions will be enacted today.  

Discomfort can be masked and forgotten about.  Underneath you have no idea what is driving you to make the wrong decisions.  Depending on your employment, they can and will be life-threatening.

Doctor, surgeon, lawyer, judge, CEO, police officer, teacher, aircraft mechanic and parent, all have various decisions each and every day.

As a corporate leader what influence do you have and on whom?  Does it just affect their employment or does it trickle down to their family life?

Do you really know who you work with?  Is HR being used correctly in your decision making?  I know not... only you can answer that question.  

I believe though the answer is a resounding NO!

Life is made up of rules, I know, you say that 'rules can be broken', what though is the long term effect of rule breaking?  Vast and after an event, the look-back will prove how wrong you were.  You cannot afford to be wrong, you must have all the facts at hand to be a decision maker, a confident decision maker.

It is all about principles, whether written five minutes ago, decades or centuries, they were created with a purpose.  Holding grudges, wanting to get back at someone or pure 'one upmanship' has no place in society, but will always be their, causing catastrophic problems.

It is all about CHANGE, following principles and not being a 'know-it-all'.

Bringing Back TRUST & RESPECT in All Your Daily Life!

Corporately, make sure you have all the facts at hand.  Use your Human Resources department and make them sit on your board.  They have lot more knowledge than you think they have, especially about the passion and competencies of employees and your future roadmap.

In law enforcement, know your Peelian Principles, if you do not, get to know them real quickly and how they are more relevant than ever, they are your Policeman's Bible.

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