Every Day Is Women’s Day

Women's Day

My mother taught me well, every day is women’s day!


Little did I know that March 8 is also designated International Women’s Day.


Today is the 10th, but I still saw a lady on the Metro carrying a balloon down the escalator celebrating this special time. 


Overall, even in the 21st century, it is appalling to say that women are not only still under-appreciated, but highly disrespected, and worse physically and emotionally abused around the world


Just this week, I read about another horrible rape in India of a 16-year old girl who was then set on fire and burned alive over 95% of her body–what crazies out there do this to women?


In Afghanistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for being a girl and wanting to go to school.


In other places in the world, terror groups like ISIS and Boko Haram abduct and make sexual slaves of women


In Germany, migrants sexually assaulted literally hundreds of women on New Year’s Eve. 


And in Brooklyn, New York, 4 out of 5 suspects in a rape of an 18-year girl in the park go free without bail


This doesn’t even touch the more mundane matters of pay inequity and equal opportunity issues where women still only earn 84% of what men earn in the workplace.


As if any normal person should even need to be told this, I remember some progressive teacher in yeshiva telling us that women being disrespected or hurt could be your mother, sister, wife, or daughter, so DON’T do it or tolerate it!


While gender stereotypes still prevail about women being solely the homemaker and rearer of children, at least more men are now open to sharing or taking on these roles as well. 


I think for women, it’s still a grossly sick and inequitable world out there and it’s a true mark of shame on anyone who perpetuates these abuses. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Mano A Mano

Joust

So this is what it comes down to.


Man against man.


A fight to unseat and prevail against one’s ultimate opponent. 


Each one bravely charging forward into the fight. 


Armed and dangerous. 


Both shielded, but not fully protected. 


One will be going down hard and maybe not coming up again. 


Good versus evil. 


Repeated over time as the war of attrition plays out. 


The heavenly battle taking place among mere mortal agents. 


Until eventually the righteous triumph over the selfish, lusting, and greedy villains.  


In didn’t start in Medieval times and it won’t end until it’s over and won, and it will be won for G-d’s sake. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Team, It’s Not About You

Teamwork
This mug on teamwork was really funny.



Teamwork (noun):

1) A group of people doing what I say.

2) Work done that I can take credit for.



Of course, this really isn’t teamwork, unless you consider it the “I Team.” 



Yes, this is sort of sterotypical of bad bosses:

– They take the credit for the team’s work when everything goes well.

– But they pass along the blame when something goes wrong. 



Has this ever happened to you?



It reminds me of another funny saying about how greedy, narcissistic people think:



“What mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.”



In other words–mine, mine, and mine, why thank you!



The best bosses are humble and giving. They make sure everyone knows what the goals are and are working efficiently to achieve them. 



The credit goes to the indivudals and team who are working their butts off, and when appropriate, the boss will take the heat to help others save face and enable them to press forward with the mission. 



I remember one of my colleagues who is a supervisor and he was called out for doing a great job. Immediately he goes, “It’s my team that make me look good.” And knowing this person, that wasn’t just talk or a show…he was completely sincere. 



That’s leadership and an impressive human being–someone to emulate!



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Govgeddon Is Not An Option

Govgeddon Is Not An Option

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about how the Federal government is falling to attract young people.

“Employees under the age of 30 hit an eight-year low of 7% in 2013…[while back in 1975, more than 20% of the federal workforce was under 30.”

Conversely, 45% of the federal workforce is older than 50.

Moreover by September 2016, a quarter of the all federal employees will be eligible to retire–that the retirement wave we’ve been hearing about for years, but never seems to really come (because of the economy).

Without “a pipeline of young talent, the government risks falling behind in an increasingly digital world.”

It’s not the older people can’t learn the technology, but rather they aren’t digital natives as those born in the later part of the 20th century.

To see just a glimpse of the digital divide, you need to go no further than when many of these folks snicker at us for even just sending emails–something so uncouth to the younger crowd.

With years of salary freezes, no awards, benefit cuts especially for new hires, and shutdowns, the federal government which used to be “an employee of choice,” is “now an employee of last resort.”

Further, “the reputation for bureaucracy and hierarchy is driving away many workers.” People want to be productive and get things done, not spin their wheels.

Yet, the government offers so many exciting jobs performing critical missions in everything from national security, diplomacy, law enforcement, and so much more, it is ironic that we cannot attract young people, who are often the most idealist.

Diversity in the federal workforce means that people under 30 are not a rarity!

Everyone–no matter what age, sex, race, religion, and so one–provides an important contribution, so that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

We need people to clearly feel the honor in public service, to see the importance of the missions performed, and to be treated like valued workers and not political pawns in partisan showdowns and Washington shutdowns.

Let’s actively recruit with an attractive smorgasbord of enhanced salary and benefits, especially in critical fields like cyber security, information technology, biotechnology, aerospace engineering, and more.

It’s time for the federal government to become attractive for young (and older) workers again, and not apologetic for providing important jobs in service of the nation.

The federal government needs to compete for the best and brightest and not resign itslef to second-tier, ever.

Our young people are an important pipeline for fresh ideas and cutting-edge skills, and we need them to prevent a govgeddon where we can’t perform or compete with the skills and diversity of workforce that we must have. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Teamwork, There Is No I

Teamwork, There Is No I

I really love this saying–“There is no I in Team.”

A colleague said very astutely, “even though some try to put it in there!”

Teams work best, when everyone does their part and contributes, and no one makes it about their personal agendas, ambitions, and issues.

A team implies a large degree of selflessness where we do what is best for the team and the mission we serve, and we don’t get caught up in personal ego trips.

When people place themselves above the team–and they try to impose that “I” right on in there, then rather than teamwork, we end up with rivalry and conflict.

From my experience, those who try to take the credit for themselves–typically end up exposed for who they really are and without the honor they chase.

But those who give recognition genuinely and generously to others are in turn respected for their contributions to the mission as well as to the team.

Selflessly united as a team we can assuredly succeed, but selfishly divided as just a bunch of I’s, we will most certainly fail. 😉

(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

And She Was…

Seeing and hearing the candidates continuous jockeying for the women’s vote in their speeches, debates, and commercials, it was sort of funny to see this sign hanging in a local store.

Anyway, I don’t know who the “she” is in this advertisement–but I think it refers to basically all women–and the description is supposed to be the many positive attributes they have–professionally and personally.

Regardless of the adjectives, maybe the point is to respect, appreciate, and treat women properly in every way–and not just at election session.

And to recognize that you can’t charm their vote, you must earn it with truth, trust, and equality.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)