Who is responsible for the Decisiveness in the USA?

This entry is not about voting or political party preference, just a situational look.

Presidents are the leaders of countries. If you look at the “recent” lists of presidents you may agree each had his (can not use the female pronoun yet) priorities, battles, and made popular and unpopular decisions. And the country was divided on certain issues.

Inside the capital, January 6th. “Make America Great Again”

Consider the reality: The critical level of divisiveness that the USA now faces was created during the Trump administration. Under no other president, under no other administration did it ever reach the intensity or criticality of what we have today. Under no other presidency did we have the growth and involvement of hate groups in our government, the election and voting mess, and the level of divisiveness in our country and government.

For the record I am not anti-political party.

And for the record, Biden is creating his own mess, with the help of a badly divided Congress that has lost its way and its focus on its ultimate purpose, that being creating laws and making decisions in the best interest of the country and not the political party.

Just saying…

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Advice from New Zealand’s Leader…

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in 150 years when she was sworn in at 37 years old in 2017. Since then, she has worked steadily on gender equality initiatives such as equal pay for women and paid parental leave, and comforted her country through times of crisis.

The prime minister’s words here remind us that leaders make the most impact when they listen to the people around them, try to find common ground, and lift up those who need it most.

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Gun Violence…

Here is an answer that might help address gun violence to a greater extent, without infringing on second amendment rights. And this blog entry in the face of 10 people killed in Buffalo, NY by an 18 year old on May 14th…

This solution will take away the “due process” rights of gun violence offenders. Due process means no justice department involvement (lawyers, courts, police time, etc.). The tax payers do pay for all of it.

Here is the solution: (And this does not infringe on any type of gun ownership)

If you are found, captured, using a gun, of any type, to injure, shoot, or kill another human being, you face an automatic death sentence. No attorneys, no hearings, no pleas, no psychiatrists, no due process.

It is not the perfect solution but it might cause one to think twice about committing gun violence.

Someone has to do something. It is crystal clear now that Congress will not act as the majority are bought off by the NRA.

Congress could enact this solution and stay in the good graces of the NRA (not that his blogger cares).

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Learning, leading, through Listening

As I think back on my corporate career, and then relate the article below to that experience, my take is that the article (link below) is spot on.

Thinking of people you know, and your face to face work and social experiences, I suspect there are many who can “appreciate” poor listeners. The signs are evident and easily observable. They visibly are not paying attention, they interrupt, maybe start a conversation in the midst of yours, talking about oneself incessantly, you exchange background information with others but they don’t remembers yours, it can be infuriating to say the least.

What is notable is that those with substantial listening skills have a “one up” when it comes to getting ahead.

There are skills associated with good listening: focus, empathy, self-control, and inclusion to cite a few. “To some degree, the power of listening can be explained by the fact that good listening is rare. We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.” That is almost humorous!

Here’s the article, maybe an opportunity to add to one’s tool box!

One would have to ask oneself if a poor listener would bother to read this post?

Improved listening skills probably require some behavioral change. Behavior change is usually challenging.

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Leading the country…?

On May 17th, North Carolina will hold its state wide elections.

One candidate, running for the US Senate, features media ads showing him with a shot gun; another ad with a pistol shoved in his belt near the front buckle. Clearly an NRA puppet. The majority of NC congress people are pro-NRA receive campaign contributions from the NRA ranging from $1000 to $9000+.

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/12/19/us/politics/nra.html?ref=us

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 3: Sacramento Police crime scene investigators place evidence markers on 10th street at the scene of a mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Six people are dead and 12 others are injured after a shooting broke out early Sunday morning. Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said there were no suspects in custody yet. The shooting happened in the vicinity of the 1000 block of K Street in downtown Sacramento. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Over the last few days media sources report shootings and killings in neighborhoods, malls, and public gatherings. An individual or family today can be in danger anywhere.

I am a gun owner. I support gun ownership to a point, with the exception of AR15 type automatic rifles and similar. However you just have to ask yourself what message this candidate sends to adults and young people.

Is this the leadership the country needs in US Congress?

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

The NRA’s contributions to senators are not insignificant:

https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators

The laws need to change!

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Productivity Boost

There are many tools “out there” to help get you through your day in a more productive way.

You may be one of those people who have productivity down pat, or, maybe you could benefit from a tool to improve your organization and output. “It is worth considering your natural rhythms when writing your to-do list.”

Here’s a one that might be new to you… sounds like it has some promise. From Fast Company Magazine, and Stephanie Vozza.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90742937/how-to-use-daily-quadrants-to-get-more-done-each-day

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$7 billion

From CNN, “5 Things”, 4/28/22, $7B

You may have read this previously…

That’s the value of the military equipment the US left behind in Afghanistan after its 2021 withdrawal from the country, a Pentagon report says. The equipment is now in the hands of the Taliban — the very enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades. The Defense Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment, according to the report provided to Congress.

That just says it all!

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