Posted by: CarolAnn | December 2, 2016

An Open Letter to the Electoral College-Choose your Legacy


1201-boy
Close your eyes. Imagine just for a moment; you have the opportunity to shift the course of history. Breathe. Now look into the eyes of your son or daughter, or grandchild. When you do, search their eyes for their dreams and hopes. Know that you – and you alone – hold the key to America’s tomorrow. What do you see? Set yourself aside, and think about what your aspirations are for your children, your children’s children. What is your sincerest desire for your own mother or father? Where do you see the people you hold most dear in your life? What does the destiny you choose today hold? What fate are you choosing for tomorrow?

 

How will you be remembered?

History can be a great teacher, but an unforgiving and painful critic. Yes, the winners always write the history books, but historical forensics always exposes the truth. Your grandchildren’s children will know you by name. They will know you were the one who shaped their present and their future. Though you may no longer be around in that distant tomorrow, everyone both here and abroad will know you. Either they will despise you and the legacy you have left them, or they will laud you for being the one who made the difference. The legacy you choose to create now is entirely up to you.

1201-ladylibertyDo you know this legacy? In 1883, American poet Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus” in an effort to raise funding to build the very foundation on which the Statue of Liberty is perched still today. Emma’s sonnet…her legacy for America’s tomorrow is still true today; and it is the very foundation for what America is revered and for which it has stood the test of time:

 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

 

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

Emma understood Lady Liberty’s message to the masses; she rebuked the pompous and self-important. She welcomed all those less of thee who dared dream, who dared to be a visionary in a young and budding land.

 

E Pluribus Unum – Choose

Can you envision a future where bigotry and hatred becomes as American as apple pie? Will you be the one who stands idly by to watch America’s demise? Will you be the one that builds the road to ruin and an uncertain future that demoralizes the poor, the hungry, the weak and the sick? Does your American future include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or will it become a distant memory in the annals of history? Does your tomorrow eradicate humane programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Disability? Would you stand in silence and condone an America that has no compassion for the hungry, the homeless and jobless? To honor the home of the free and the brave, America must belong to our children and our children’s children. It must promise a future of hope, a message of humanity, and a tomorrow that unites and does not separate us.

 

Do your bidding but know the world is watching. Know that history will judge you. Know there is still time for you to lead. Yes, leaders must adjust the sails when the winds grow strong and weary. Now is the time for all good men (and women). Make Emma proud. Be the legacy. Leave a past that shall be honored; and our future, the America for which the New Colossus was built.

 

An Open Letter to the Electoral College-Choose your Legacy

Oped by C. Bailey-Lloyd

(c) Copyright 2016

Posted by: CarolAnn | November 20, 2016

Game Over

Nice people finish last, and winners write the history books. The wretched fact is both are correct. It is 11 days post-election and I am still learning from what happened. Throughout my childhood and my adult life, my mom often told stories of the Hitler reign in which she 84-yearswas raised. Imagine being liberal and German during the Furor’s tyranny. Her father, Alfred, listened to “free” radio back then. This was the only way he obtained news on what was happening in the Free World.  That “offense”, in itself, put him and his family at risk. Listening to any transmission outside of Goebbels’ propaganda radio transmissions was considered treason. Many Germans were sentenced to concentration camps for doing so. One of her memories was that of her father hiding a Jewish family under a trap door in their cellar. Fortunately, when the soldiers came to their door, a rug and a table covered the trap door.  Had the soldiers discovered the hidden family, all would have certainly met with a much worse fate.

As I matured, I learned more about Hitler, the Third Reich, his “homeland”, and I viewed historical documentaries. I could not understand how such an evil dictator could rise to such great power and fame, and gain such mass support in so short time. For years, I struggled with the reasoning. What sane person would revere such a man? Who could have such an affinity for a man filled with so much hatred? How could anyone respect that? For the longest time, I thought perhaps some of it was fear-based, but most of it certainly had to be brainwashing. Still, that did not make sense. My grandfather did not buy into Hitler’s propaganda. He knew the man was inherently wicked. He knew he had to listen to outside sources to obtain the truth. He understood what Hitler was doing and the crimes he was committing in the name of “patriotism” and “national pride”.  A great majority of Germans continued to worship this monster, embracing their national pride and patriotism. These same prideful, feverish citizens eagerly disregarded (and even participated in) the maiming and murder of Jewish families. Why? How?

Fast forward to 2016

Those of us, who have studied history and who have watched factual documentaries, learned from the past and understand the consequences of elections; still listen to the echoes of those lost to the hands of brutality. We understand the looming threat of oppression, and that we must recognize the traits of a dictator. We have learned that if we are unaware of our history, we are doomed to repeat it. That is a fact. Willful ignorance and intolerance of what is “different”; and deeming those who are different as unacceptable is equally vanity and tyranny.

Today’s parallels are indisputable. A country plagued by economic issues, which have forced jobs overseas, or those jobs which have been completely annihilated due to technological advancements. The same holds true in early 1930’s Germany, where the Depression had hit particularly hard. It was then that a growing party of nationalists had their sights set on overtaking the government; and they did.  Other stark correlations of the sign of the times were a leader who developed anti-disability policies and a nationalist following, (targeting children with developmental and physical disabilities). He was also homophobic; considering those to be both diseased and criminal. Among all of his psychotic traits, his worst was his Antisemitism and xenophobia. Adolf Hitler was named Time’s “Man of the Year” in 1938 — and made a major mark in history by pulling out of the “League of Nations” – today’s equivalent to NATO.

Today, maybe few will see the signs — maybe even most. If we do not, the future holds a mirror image of the past. Food for thought

Game Over

By C. Bailey-Lloyd

© 2016

Posted by: CarolAnn | September 15, 2014

Are you a natural born dictator or leader?

It can determine your success or failure.

Are you a Natural-Born Dictator or Leader?

Pride or ProgressToday, several educational seminars have dedicated their training programs to support genuine leadership skills for both personal and professional growth. One of the reasons there is such a high propensity for these very desirable traits is to successfully develop succession strategies for natural progression within the ranks of both corporate and entrepreneurial America.  The bigger picture has an even stronger reliance upon personal empowerment through effective leadership, as this can and will directly impact the overall success or failure of a business.

Professional mentors who have innate leadership characteristics never use fear or dictatorial management practices to gather followers. In most cases, natural born leaders have the tendency to influence others respectfully in leading by unadulterated example.  “Ideally a leader wants people to follow them because of the trust and respect they have earned – not because they are told to.” – Satish Kakri, Management and Educational Consultants

When we think about the traits of a great leader, terms like honesty, setting the example, inspiring and empowering people, forward thinking, sharing vision, competency and leading change come to mind. When done effectively, quality leadership is the ultimate recruitment tool to inspire more individuals to follow and to learn how they, too, can become up-and-coming leaders.

Is power sweeping you off your own feet?

Anyone can be a manager, but it takes sweat equity and an optimistic attitude to be a leader.

If you are a middle or upper level manager, or even a CEO, how do you drive positive and proficient change within your business? If you rule with an iron fist, you will earn disrespect, dissenters and ultimately, will lose the strongest players who contribute to the foundation of your business.  Each day you lead with the “my-way or highway” strategy, you are effectively whittling away the building blocks to both your own success and the long-term advancement of your business.

Too many times, individuals make the common mistake believing that being in a place of power will ensure their position as a leader.  Having the preconceived expectation of power rather than earning a leadership position will not only guarantee failure of the individual, but can and will deteriorate the threads that bind a professional business team.  Not good for a long-term strategy.

True leaders inspire others.

TeammanshipThere is no “I” in TEAM – and while there may be a “me”, the “me” should be a common reflection of who the team is as a whole. A wise colleague once told me the importance of being humble in business.  And I agree. Effective leaders are gracious, never demean others, and work constructively WITH team members for a shared vision for success.  Imagine if in a football team, the quarterback decides to run his own plays and fails to effectively communicate these plans to fellow team members. While he may be able to run with the ball a few times, perhaps even score a touchdown or two, over time, the team will lose all respect for him.  In the end, the quarterback will no longer receive support or fortification from his team.  He will be sacked time and time again, eventually losing his stature within the team as the leader.

 “I want to have this career so I can lock in one salary and one position forever,” said NO ONE ever.  True leaders inspire others to do more and be more. Exhibiting leadership qualities that promote collaboration, encourage personal development, incite passion and excitement, and significantly improve turnover rates is what puts success in succession. The majority of advanced businesses wants and expects leaders to empower others to become future leaders.  Yes, effective leadership is that critical to the endurance of any company.  Leaders align. Leaders inspire. Leaders stimulate growth and innovation. Leaders fortify quality. Leaders grow profitability. Leaders grow leaders. Which one are you?

 

Are you a Natural Born Dictator or Leader?

 

By CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

 

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