Do you remember the controversy a few years ago when certain individuals tried to claim that it was their brilliance that made their companies great? “You didn’t build that” was the catch phrase. Because most of us know that to be successful, we need viable infrastructure (which means government investment) and dedicated employees- under the guidance of competent (hopefully- even inspired) management.
I grew up learning that it was our job; it was our responsibility to pitch in, to make sure that everyone was treated equally. I’m fairly sure it was related to religious reasons- plus the special circumstances of the Holocaust (also involving religion- but more about subject hatred). Never once did I hear that doing this made me a hero- or anyone else who was involved in such efforts.
Most of you know that I find the study of leadership and creativity fascinating. But, you may not all know (at least those of you who are newly introduced to this blog) that I not only find inspiration from secular leaders, scientists, and engineers, but from the Tanach- the Tora, Nevi’im (Prophets), and K’tuvim (Writings). (What many of you call the bible.)
It’s the holiday season. And, we are surrounded by myths (and truths) about our heroes- Matisyahu, Jesus, Pope Francis, and every politician (they all seem to be running for President or re-election- even in December). Which means we should be aware of charisma. It’s not a new interest- I’ve written about this a few times (here’s but one).
I was wondering what I would post today. I thought I would mention my wonderful cousins, Roger and Lee (A’H), who made many of my days wonderful. Between games, music, walking, sloshing in the water, their memories are always a blessing to me. I thought about mentioning my brother (Neil) and parents. I thought about my children and grandchild (Shosh, Shira, Dan, Matt, and ER). There is not a day on this earth that I am not proud, honored, and amazed at the actions of my children.