Experience on the Balance Sheet

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Soren Kierkegaard

Look at any company’s website, mission statement or recruiting material; one of the first messages you will receive is that they value their people. This is a great sentiment for them to portray because we all desire to be valued…but do they?  If they truly do, it will be evident by the experience level of their workforce.  Current statistics paint a different picture however.  Tenure is down and long term employees are starting to build tenure later in life so maybe, just maybe, our business leaders don’t really get it; despite what they are trying to make us believe.

What’s the big deal?      

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Do No Harm!

What a novel idea and a worthy ideal to live by.  Upon hearing these words, one probably immediate thinks of our health care professionals but shouldn’t these words apply to each and every one of us, regardless of our profession?

Though written over two thousand years ago, The Hippocratic Oath was born as a vow from a dedicated professional to those whom he served.  It is a timeless creation because it speaks to the heart of an ethical truth.  It is a fact that when you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to be of help to someone, by proxy you also possess the means to commit unspeakable harm.

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We Are “United” By the Decisions That We Make

Unless you live as a hermit, you have heard about what is viewed as the less than wise decisions, which were made by a gate manager and the cockpit crew of an United Airlines flight and possibly the airport police personnel called to a scene which resulted in a fare paying passenger being physically ejected from one of their airplanes due to an oversold situation.

This kind of event strictly exemplifies the importance of placing an equal value on making ethical decisions as well as legal ones.  United and every other airline are legally able to overbook their flights, select passengers who will forfeit their seat when none volunteer, and are contractually within their rights to have passengers evicted from their aircraft by force under certain situation when deemed necessary.  Everything that happened that day seems to have been legal but almost everyone agrees that it was not right.

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The Power of the Wisdom of Three as it Relates to Christian Holy Week

It is a well known fact that the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible are both filled with obvious and some not so obvious references to the power behind the number three.  As we prepare for the holiest week in the Christian calendar, I thought it would be interesting to share some of these examples found during the historic week leading up to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Christian Lord.

Feel free to share comments of your favorites, as well as any that I might have overlooked.

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Riots, Rallies, and Rebellions

The three “R”s of discontent; riots, rallies, and rebellions is not just another example behind the power of the wisdom of three.  No, it also represents the societies’ manifestations of their constant quest for the truth.  Not what each individual conceives to be the truth, rather the real truth.

Recently the United States witnessed a very divisive national election cycle filled with rally after rally followed immediately by nationwide demonstrations both peaceful and not so peaceful.  These assemblies were promoted to and by assorted factions either in support of, opposition to, or in search of the truth.  The funny thing is that each of these groups swore that they were supporting the truth and what they believed was right, just, and true.

How can this be?

Is it possible that some of these various factions do not care about the truth but rather have their own agenda?  It has been documented that depending upon who they are addressing; whether it is their membership, their opposition, or the public at large the message they espouse can be much different allowing for a glimmer of truth to stay embedded while still championing their unique cause or stance.  Regardless if their messaging is a hundred percent true or even remotely supports the truth, it will always be portrayed as the truth because every just person wants to believe that their thoughts, words and deeds are on the side of truth.  And for there lays the problem; a truth can never be a lie and a lie can never be a truth, for both are constant.  This problem was solved almost three thousand years ago by Aristotle in the Law of Non-Contradiction yet still today we, as a people, fail to grasp the meaning of this simple law.

Take as an example the women’s right movement.  The single and undeniable truth is that women deserve the exact same human rights as men.  All people should be treated equally under the laws of the land.  No rational person should dispute this truth.

Now, as example, there are literally thousands of association, groups and organizations that support this truth; Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, National Organization for Women, just to name a few.  The above mentioned women groups cannot be more fundamentally different yet they each were founded for the betterment of women’s rights.  When a women rally is held there is likely to be women from many different organization, companies or associations in attendance all believing the above truth but their definition of rights might vary greatly.  Some of these organizations believe that it is a right of a woman to be able to have an abortion while others do not see this as a right.  Those that don’t condone abortion believe another truth; that it is not just to kill an innocent life in the absence of a crime or danger to the mother.

Does one truth over ride the other?

Another truth that always gets lost in these discussions is the fact that men and women are different.  After years of scientific and psychological research the experts all agree that male and female genders pose physical, mental and emotional differences in our species.  These truths are indisputable yet seem to not matter to some of these groups.  Even with these differences the truth remains that as a human we share the need for equality under the laws of the land.

Without a doubt, we are a unique and interesting species. Humans will always fine bad reasons for good ideas and good reasons for bad ideas.  This is the sole reason why ethically minded people as well as morally supportive organizations struggle to find common ground on ideological differences. The individuals associated with a group usually find just enough information to either agree or disagree with the cause yet they do not necessarily care or wish to dig deep enough to learn about the truth in question.

The Truth gets lost in the mix of individual’s thoughts, words and deeds.

When we, as a society, can finally figure out how to accept that an individual’s reality may or may not reflect the truth and thus when false should have no weight to sway others; only then will we be able to live in world wide peace.  When we acknowledge that the Truth remains constant regardless of our individual Thoughts, Reasons, or Ideals then we will have no need for these divisive plagues of disagreement.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

To learn more about the Power of Wisdom of Three contact:

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Vice President, Education & Development at The American College of Financial Services and the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

The Win, Win, Winning Resolution

Have you ever seen the statistics on New Year’s Resolutions?  Below is listed the top ten resolutions for the year 2015 as assessed from a University of Scranton study.

Rank Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 – University of Scranton
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

They then grouped those ten into four types of resolutions, Self improvement or education related, weight related, money related, and relationship related.

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Three Requirements of Positive Change

As we enter into a new year, it is common for each of us to search our hearts and minds for guidance toward new directions in our life. Over time this soul searching that develops into the conviction for an en route path of change has become known as a New Year Resolution. For all of us who has honorably and with the best of intentions, set a new course for our life only to see the road eventually wind back around to the familiar and well-worn ruts of previous years; fear not, the solution is not as difficult as it may seem. Through the Power of the Wisdom of Three our goals are within our grasps. Continue reading “Three Requirements of Positive Change”

When a Solution Becomes a Problem

It is said, “We are creatures of habit” and rightly so for mankind is merely a more intelligent creature but a creature none the less. As one of nature’s creatures we respond to threats, fears, and problems in much the same way as all creatures with one exception…we have the mental capacity to learn from, adapt to, and develop techniques used in solving problems.

It is the responsibility of the leader of a business, a family, or a team to teach their disciples that these lessons are critical. To be effective in this role as teacher, we must understand these principles, be able to communicate them, and transfer the required skills in a way that is easily remembered.  One proven technique is storytelling.  A good story can emphasize the message, embed the lessons, and enhances interest in sharing of the content with others.    Continue reading “When a Solution Becomes a Problem”

It’s the Law; It has to Happen!

Sales; to some it is a nasty word, to others it is a way of life and to still others it describes a department made up of a group of hyper-extroverted, fast talking, take no for granted crazy people. Whatever the case, without sales or the people that actively pursue them, nothing else would take place.  Until someone buys something, nothing happens. You do not need a tire manufacturing company if no tires will be sold.  You will not get a job unless you sell yourself to the hiring manager.  Oh and by the way, whether you believe it or not, everyone is a sales person.  You sell yourself, your beliefs, and your actions to someone every single day so welcome to the sales team of life. Continue reading “It’s the Law; It has to Happen!”

The Power of the Wisdom of Three Teaches Teamwork

Once more we are given a template for wise decision making, over the top productivity, and a cohesive business model through the simplicity of the Wisdom of Three.  To understand this lesson all one needs is to consider the ordinary wood screw.

the-wisdom-of-three-the-screwThe screw is a mechanical marvel based on the working principles of the helix.   It has only three parts, the head, the shank, and the helix; each part, though separate and unique in functionality it is manufactured from one stock, contributing to the overall success of its use. This simple machine is commonly used in construction to accomplishing three goals; binding, strengthening, or stabilizing two piece of material to one another. Continue reading “The Power of the Wisdom of Three Teaches Teamwork”