Do the Right Thing

Try to be a good leader when you are in charge.

Certainly don’t be our current leaders.

Our current leaders are afraid of admitting a weakness.

A good leader must never be afraid of weaknesses.

Admitting your weakness is a strength.

A good example of leadership is John Kennedy.

During one press conference he was asked why the United States was behind the Soviets in the space race.

He didn’t run away from the issue and try to pretend that we weren’t behind.

He didn’t do what Joe Biden is doing now and try to deny that we are in a recession when we so obviously are.

No, John Kennedy admitted that we were behind, stated that it was frustrating, and vowed that we were going to work on the problem.

That’s what you want out of a leader.

You want a leader who is not afraid to admit that things aren’t going well.

Why?

Why do we want a leader who is not afraid to admit the truth when things aren’t going well?

Because admitting the truth spurs people to help you.

That’s what you want.

If you put up a false front and say, “Nope, there are no problems here,” then a lot of people will think that is so.

On the other hand, if you admit that you are deficient in a particular area, and that you need help, that spurs people to want to help you.

You want to energize people who may have the ability to help you.

Putting on a false front doesn’t help you, it hurts you.

Never be afraid to admit that you don’t know something, or that you’re behind in a particular area.

Always admit the truth.

The truth is always your friend.

Unfortunately, there are too many leaders who are into the perception game in life.

They try to put up a false front about their own success.

This is always a grave mistake.

Do what is right, not necessarily what makes you look good.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Cutting Corners

In the early 1970s the Philadelphia 76ers had one of the worst NBA basketball teams imaginable. They won only nine games. The following year they acquired a new player who would transform their team.

His name was George McGinnis.

He was an early day LeBron James.

He was a big man who could dribble, shoot and score.

He was a real force.

When he came to the team one of the Philadelphia reporters asked him the following: George, how does a team get to be this bad?

McGinnis gave a profound answer.

At least I found his answer profound.

He said that some guys cut corners for so long they don’t know that they are cutting corners anymore.

The same argument applies to our elites.

When a basketball player slacks off physically and mentally in practice and during the game, he is cheating himself.

And he is cheating the fans.

He’s taking a huge salary for doing shoddy work.

Similarly when our elites slack off physically and mentally, they are cheating themselves, and they are cheating us.

Our elites have been cutting corners for so long they don’t know that they are cutting corners anymore.

Munger, Buffet, Dimon and the rest of the pack have been cheating Americans so long in the rigged financial sector they don’t know that they are cheating anymore.

They don’t make money because they built a better mouse trap; they make money because they’re friends with someone.

They went to schools that programmed them to believe that they are the ruling elite, that they are the cream of the crop.

Munger went to Harvard. Buffet went to Wharton.

Everybody knows that they are the elites.

And everybody knows that elites win.

Consequently the elites have gamed the system to fulfill the prophecy that was set out for them.

They are winning because they are supposed to win.

They must win.

When other people win, that win must be negated, especially if those winners are untouchables.

Untouchables must lose.

Robinhood investors must lose. Bitcoin investors must lose.

Elites must win.

And that in a nutshell is what is going on in America.

We have long asked the question: Are our elites dumb or devious?

They aren’t dumb.

They are deviously corrupt. Not only are they corrupt, they don’t even know that they are corrupt.

They are just like the Philadelphia 76ers of 1972 who chose to cut corners rather than practice and play honestly.

The calamity that our elites have produced is similar to the basketball calamity that the Philadelphia 76ers produced in 1972.

The America that our elites have produced is a basketball team that has only won nine games.

But they don’t care. They don’t care because they have the money and the bucks.

If things aren’t working, that’s your fault not theirs.

A poor chief always blames his braves.

A poor chief never accepts responsibility.

A poor chief always cuts corners.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Winning as a Team

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In the game of football and life itself, there’s always a tendency and desire to blame a defeat on a specific individual or event.

We human beings love accountability especially when we lose.

Plus, we sure don’t want to be the fall guy.

Which is when the flour hits the fan, everyone starts running for the hills leaving the patsy holding the bag.

Take the Chicago Bears loss to the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday.

I am sure that many Chicago fans are blaming the field-goal kicker, Cody Parkey, for missing that field goal at the end of the game.

But it wasn’t Cody Parkey‘s fault as football really is a team sport whether you win or lose.

It is the team’s responsibility to overcome all forces external and internal that are threatening the success of the team.

External forces would include the other team, the referees, the weather, bad luck.

Internal forces would include your own lack of will, stupid mistakes, illness, injuries and poor play.

Great teams understand this.

Great teams do not cry and point fingers at other people.

Great teams do not blame the refs for gypping them out of a victory.

Great teams do not hang people out to dry.

Great teams do not scapegoat.

Great teams do not lament how unlucky they are.

Great teams do not whine about the weather.

Great teams do not blame their losses on injuries.

All successful teams learn to rise above their problems, but they do it not just because they do it, but because they choose to do it.

Is the choice to do so that comes first. And this choice exists in every successful team effort.

And it matters not whether we are talking about football, a small company, a large corporation or the nation itself.

Teams win as a team, and teams lose as a team, unless, of course, they are not a team.

Then they really lose.

And badly.

Then they begin to play as a collection of individuals accidentally  finding themselves together on a playing field.

The poor teammate  thinks about himself as an individual and what is in it for him.

The superior teammate thinks less about himself and more about overcoming the obstacles placed before the team.

John Kennedy said this in so many words: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

 

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Lousy Leader

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When it comes to Donald Trump, anything you’ve ever read in a business book about leadership can be taken to the top of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and thrown off into the drink.

I don’t think his leadership is a different style of doing business.

Well, it is, but you know what I mean.

This man is bad.

I can’t possibly see how the results of his “leadership” can turn out well for any of us.

He badmouths anyone who has legitimate criticism of him.

He badmouths people who sacrificed for him.

He makes fun of people’s personal appearances.

He doesn’t just disagree with people; he calls them names.

The other day he called General Stanley McChrystal a dumb dog in so many words.

Trump stated: “General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!

Whatever you may feel about General McChrystal, he served his country honorably and is therefore entitled to better treatment than being portrayed as a dumb dog.

And he was a General. No demeaning and unwarranted quotation marks are necessary.

In my experience in healthcare, people who disparage others openly generally fail.

So why does Trump think he can get away with this behavior?

He thinks this way because he has gotten away with it in his construction business.

Over the years he’s bullied people into submission.

He got away with it because he was richer than they were.

This is probably the first time in his life where he has to work with other people.

Well, as Carlito Brigante told Dave Kleinfeld in Carlito’s Way: “It’s too late to go to school.”

So we are stuck with Trump, and I don’t see him going away anytime soon.

The money that put him there evidently there still wants him there. So do his applauding followers.

And why not?

Part of Trump’s appeal is the conditioning that many Americans receive as to what makes a good leader.

Americans have been taught through myth and television for many decades that what makes a good leader is a person who kicks ass and takes names.

Yet a good leader rarely does any of these things.

A good leader is someone who puts himself in the background. A good leader thinks twice and speaks once. A good leader knows that he must take a lot of guff in order to achieve the greater good. A good leader never brags. A good leader highlights the accomplishments of the people beneath him. A good leader minimizes his own accomplishments. A good leader does not engage in petty behavior. A good leader accepts responsibility when he is wrong. A good leader gets down in the muddy trenches with his men if need be. A good leader does not throw his men under the bus.

Trump exhibits none of these leadership skills. He never needed to learn them.

Consequently, he can only fail to deliver.

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A Good Leader

A good leader is a good listener.

A good leader is never afraid to hear a contrary opinion.

Unfortunately in the world we live in today, we have many bad leaders and people in charge.

Our leaders are afraid of contrary opinions.

They are afraid that what they want to implement will be negated by the contrary viewpoint.

This is the sign of a weak individual.

This is the sign of a weak leader.

This was in evidence today as CNN tossed Mark Lamont Hill off the air because he voiced support for Palestine.

The people in charge at CNN, who work in league with our leaders who are Zionists, could not  handle a contrary opinion, so they threw him off the air.

It’s akin to an ostrich burying its head in the sand.

The contrary opinions will not go away because you do not air them. The contrary opinions will still exist.  They will merely go underground. Indeed they will go underground and work to subvert your plan.

A good leader takes account of a contrary opinion and says to himself, “Hey, maybe I am wrong. Maybe I got this wrong. Maybe I should consider changing or modifying my viewpoint.”

Sadly, this will not be forthcoming from our leaders. And there is a good reason why.

A Palestinian state gets in the way of their money making machine, or so they think.

But maybe it doesn’t. Maybe having a viable Palestinian state will ensure peace in the region which will be better for the powers that be in the long run.

Unfortunately for us, our leaders ignore our opinions.  They consider themselves far above us intellectually.

That makes them bad leaders.

And you know what happens to bad leaders?

In time, they get strung up like Mussolini.

No matter what the government is, if the leaders of the government do not address the needs of the people, in time that leader ship will be deposed.

 

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