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« Thanksgiving Reflection: Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching | Main | Kill the Weeds or Grow the Grass? »

December 01, 2016



I like that story and even about the jAnitor.

Elaine Suki

Hmm. ....interesting.....oh, yes! We need each other to create an impact ...whether it's for relationship, home affairs or business affairs. We rely one another for a different finishes.

Mark Dennen

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

Lonnie Hurst

This is a fabulous reminder that people count. I will make an exception and say that people that want to count make a difference.

In today's world many come to a country not to contribute but to get what they can for free. That is not about your beautiful story that makes me reflect on my work history.

Several times during my career I have seen management make terrible decisions that caused over hiring and later caused terrible layoffs or workforce reductions. In one case the accountants thought they could save a lot of money by getting rid of the older and more highly paid employees from the production line. In less than three months they couldn't successfully get some of their product out the door. They had saved money and created a brain-drain and the younger workers, who got paid less, didn't know how to fix problems because they hadn't been on the job long enough. The company ended up hiring many of the laid-off or forced retirement employees back at very high salaries to get them to come back.

In another case, my job was to go out and close facilities ( I did that for almost three years) and in most cases the employees and the stockholders suffered not because of the employees but because they weren't willing to get rid of bad management as opposed to getting rid of good employees. The employees suffered, their families suffered, and their communities suffered.

Over the years I have taught a lot of leadership classes and coached many people and have found that there are few simple decisions that don't have long-term effects. I was also a lobbyist for over 10 years and found government officials and elected officials many times make a decision to fix a problem that they see or perceive today and the downside repercussions far outweigh the short-term gain.

My advice to decision makers is to think about both the short-term and long-term effects and who will be affected before making many of their decisions. It is not easy to do but as Rajiv Shah's story shows people decided to "scratch an itch" and didn't really care about or think about the consequences over time.


When I was single and in my late 20’s, I went out on a date with a woman I had admired for years. She was very elegant and beautiful and just a few years older than me that made her all the more mysterious. We were having a nice dinner at a little Italian restaurant in San Carlos. The waitress came by to ask if we wanted more bread (or water, I can’t quite recall) and my date dismissed her like she was insignificant. I felt horrible and remember leaving an extra big tip for the waitress.
I never went out with that beautiful woman again, even though she was very open to more dates.
I knew all I needed to know about her.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


The divisions we use to distinguish "us" from "them" are artificial and temporary; creations of man. Every person you meet is a child of God, no more and no less.

Malaysian in Korea.

Nice Story.. although re-post, the current political situation warrants this re-post, whether the migrants came on the Mayflower or on Air India or air China…they hv contributed a significant portion to the country.


Very thoughtful reflection, and nicely written. This punch line by Rajiv is powerful - "We all affect one another, regardless of paycheck or role, and we depend on one another to function as a whole."

Just like a wrist watch or a clock: the timepiece is necessarily the sum of all the individual parts working as an integrated whole. Without even one or two, it would be just a paperweight.

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