Monthly Archives: April 2009

Northwest to Delta Airlines Not Feeling the Love!

In 2008 I flew over 35 round-trips; most of these flights were on Northwest Airlines. Traveling for a living characterizes anything but fun. Airport life is demanding, unpredictable, frustrating and simply stressful. Add the prospect for gambling for lost luggage; and now the recent headlines for the airborne flu threat and having to breathe with the high likelihood of swine flu filled air all about you. Think about this for a minute, breathing in the airtight metal tube filled with only 50% recirculated outside air. This means, the other 50% is germ filled spit, and now have a terrific flight. I wonder how soon before they start selling fresh air? I spend so much time breathing this air that I must have one hell of an immune system, well battle tested antibodies to combat all viruses known to man plus more; let’s hope so anyway.

The daily reminder that air travel is thousands of times safer than driving your car, having a window to roll down to let some fresh in will make that believable for me. Can it get worse, perhaps, yes? Recent Northwest Airlines buy out by Delta has made it even more difficult to feel the love. The transition has been slow; honestly, the superb customer service by Northwest has not transferred to Delta. Delta seems colder, less focused on customer’s satisfaction; a seasoned traveler can quickly sense the difference. Perhaps that is why Northwest is gone, and it may be time to shop around and find the next Northwest Airlines to patronize.


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Never Stop Rediscovering your Business

We are surrounded by economic doom and gloom, and business growth and business survival is critical to our economy. Today as consumers we import more than we export and job loss from this strategy has created economic devastation that affects the entire world. It appears that our economic strategists have forgotten to leave the world better than they find it; instead they choose to get rich, at such an overwhelming cost to the rest of us. You can’t help wonder what is being taught in top business schools, “Gluttony 501!” In a devastating economy, developing renewed business success dependent on cultural adaptability is key. Cultural adaptability is a rediscovering process critical to the survival of any business. Business complacency is an example of untrue leadership or non leadership, any company that becomes complacent is certain to fail.

The markets will continue to evolve and the amount of market change is unknown; what is clear is that “The Markets Drives the Business” and business resiliency is vital. Rediscovering business success and having the right people on the bus is not enough, more important is having the right people in the right seat; this is a never-ending rediscovering process. All the books that have been written about the rediscovering process can be summed up into one rule; “Rediscover, rediscover often, and never stop rediscovering your business.” Businesses managed by this rule create success in all directions, is fun to work at, have very high morale and low employee turnover, and rediscovering is the spirit of success!


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The Enemy From Within, Across The United States Common Sense Has Become The Exception Not The Rule.

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The enemy from within, across the United States common sense has become the exception not the rule. For the past 25 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has conducted a private war against the Boy Scouts of America. U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones ruled the Boy Scouts of America because of their oath and leadership requirements represents a religious organization and considered a violation of the separation of church and state.

Where are the ACLU and Judge Napoleon Jones when Islamberg, New York, founded in 1980 by Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, a Pakistani cleric. Sheikh Gilani was also one of the founders of Jamaat al-Fuqra, an organization believed responsible for dozens of bombings and murders across the U.S. and abroad. Islamberg, New York has its own mosque, grocery store, schoolhouse, pistol and rifle firing range. Gilani established similar rural small towns, including the Red House community in southern Virginia, dozens of these towns operating nationwide, under the umbrella of the “Muslims of the Americas” group founded by Sheikh Gilani.

Honestly, the Boy Scouts known for fundraising, volunteer work, helping people, keeping morally right and the ACLU is all over the Boy Scouts! Jamaat al-Fuqra is a paramilitary organization based in Pakistan and the United States, with approximately 3000 members, has planned various acts of violence, and the American Civil Liberties Union nowhere found! American Civil Liberties Union perhaps does not sincerely mean “American Civil Liberties.” The evidence suggests that ACLU stands for civil liberties for only a few Americans not all!

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Non Sibi Sed Patriae

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Non Sibi Sed Patriae

”This blog is a historical rewrite of the great words of General Charles C. Krulak, his words simply inspire and to always be true with a Marine’s unselfish passion when possible his words are left intact as a means to exemplify history.” Over the chapel doors at the United States Naval Academy is a simple Latin inscription – Non Sibi Sed Patriae “Not for self, but for country”, simple, but powerful words and with that understanding, we know that selflessness takes time to develop.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was dedicated on September 26, 1959, dedicatory letters provided by President Eisenhower, Vice-President Nixon, Secretary of Defense McElroy, Secretary of the Navy Franke, Chief of Naval Operations Arleigh Burke, Commandant of the Marine Corps R. McC. Pate, and Naval Academy Superintendent C. L. Melson. The Secretary of Defense’s letterhead cited the motto “Non Sibi Sed Patriae,”, the same words inscribed over the doors of the United States Naval Academy Chapel. These words records and cites “the spirit of Annapolis where service is “Not for self, but for country” (USNA, 2009).

History never envisioned as just-cause, and yet the Battle of Iwo Jima is important because it defines “Non Sibi Sed Patriae”. For those who survived Iwo Jima or as called by the Japanese, the Sulfur Island, named because of its, volcanic island that to this day, still has active sulfur vents. Iwo Jima the scene of one of the most horrific battles of World War II. In the minds of those Marines that survived, never to forget that a Marine fell to Japanese fire every two minutes nonstop for 36 days, Marines killed or wounded was insurmountable, the task to take the island borderline impossible (Krulak, 1998). History dictates and reveals that in the Battle of Iwo Jima, the only battle in the history of the Marine Corp, where Marines experience more casualties than the enemy. The voices of the warriors that fought there so long ago still heard within the constantly blowing winds across the black sands.

John Bradley, who survived the battles and it is not uncommon for the warriors of Iwo Jima or any battle not to speak of their war experiences with their family, silence becomes the truest friend (Krulak, 1998). John Bradley a hero, he had won the Nation’s second highest award for bravery, the Navy Cross, and yet when asked about Iwo Jima nothing but silence, a deafening warrior’s silence. Decorations a rite of passage, earned by a creative definition of bravery, a soldiers focus builds upon levels of valor needed to come to the aid of wounded Marines, and using your own body as a shield, shot through both legs, Bradley crawled to his duty, to help the wounded. Iwo Jima was important to Bradley’s family because they wanted to see the site of the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi the most famous battle photograph ever taken. Captured in a bronze and granite sculpture for eternity known today as the Marine Corps War Memorial, some would call a memorable event, others a reminder of living hell. Five Marines and one Navy Corpsman took part in that flag rising, three did not return home from the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Navy Corpsman named Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class John Bradley from Appleton, Wisconsin. Hundreds of thousands visit the War Memorial every year, when they run their hands across the cool granite, a need to step back and read the engraved words: “Where Uncommon Valor Was A Common Virtue”. Then slowly your eyes travel up to the sculptured figures, young men, forever captured in bronze. Corpsman John Bradley is easy to recognize, he’s the one with the empty water canteen pouch. As history reports prior to climbing Mount Suribachi, he gave the last of his water to a dying Marine. John Bradley would continue to aid wounded, and while himself severely wounded for the next 24 hours without water. His actions exemplify bravery and sacrifice which was typical for the Greatest Generation ordained by history with so many true selflessness acts recorded in blood and guts. John Bradley was a historical part of pure selflessness for country that stands for everything that has made America great! The quest at Iwo Jima or any Battle of WWII was never for public glory. The In fact, Greatest Generation under fire rarely speak of credit, instead they speak of; who can count on me and who can be counted upon to leave no wounded soldier behind (Brady, 2008) (Brokaw, 1998).

The empty canteen holder became of great interest to Felix de Weldon, the sculptor of the Marine Corps War Memorial. A typical artist ultimate focus became detailed accuracy; in battle artistic accuracy is the farthest from a warriors mind. John Bradley could not remember what happen to the water canteen, the human limits during battle are enduring emotion at levels those who have not been in battle can’t understand. In battle the reality goes beyond fear, and reality compels the selflessness acts, and these acts are instinctive for warriors and that is all that matters the life and death of the wounded is the reality, the focus is not for self, but for the wounded. Surviving Marines remembered Bradley and they told de Weldon the story of how Bradley shared his water until there was no more. History records many selflessness acts in the forgotten memories of warrior, and yet no unforgettable act of selflessness remain forgotten for long, for history brings about desired learning, and learning becomes fearless sought after hope.

Over the chapel doors at the United States Naval Academy is a simple Latin inscription — Non Sibi Sed Patriae “Not for self, but for country.” These words are simple, but powerful. Selflessness born with and takes time to develop, during war this time becomes shortened, a person can develop a sense of selflessness in a single moment in time, a man’s birthright or not. General Krulak writes about spontaneous selfless acts rarely happen. Instead, built on a strong moral foundation and then carefully layered by doing the right thing, time and time again at the right moment! All people possess a strong character, strong moral, and a strong sense of duty, all critical human strengths. General Krulak encouraged that man must add to those strengths a spirit of selflessness and draw from it and share it. In a leader’s role, his or her number one duty is to make other leaders. Use this selflessness to lead, build your team and to serve all those that come in contact with you. The empty water canteen holder came about because John Bradley gave the last drop of his water to a wounded Marine on 23 February 1945 and later that afternoon, he was struggling to climb the fire swept heights of Mount Suribachi (Krulak, 1998).

Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class John Bradley braved enemy fire to aid two wounded Marines and wounded himself, he again braved enemy fire to aid two more Marines. It was not for sense of self but for country, but for others, that he performed those brave deeds.

General Krulak said it best, “deep within his soul, John Bradley instinctively understood that: Non Sibi Sed Patriae, is contagious”. Historians have documented that after Bradley aided those final two wounded Marines, Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class John Bradley, severely wounded, lost consciousness. He awoke 36 hours later aboard the hospital ship USS Solace, not knowing how he arrived there. History has not recorded the names of those Marines and Sailors that carried him off the beaches of Iwo Jima. What becomes known are the selflessness acts that placed him on the small boat, those selflessness acts that carried him to the ship, represent only small acts of selflessness that are unforgettable, as long as we continue to read and write these memories!

References

Brady, J. (2008). Why Marines Fight: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition (October 28, 2008).
Brokaw, T. (1998). The Greatest Generation: Random House.
Krulak, C. C. (1998, 16 May 1998 ). Non Sibi Sed Patriae – General Charles C. Krulak, USMC. Commandant of the Marine Corps, Commencement Remarks for the Uniformed Services University at the DAR Constitution Hall. General Charles C. Krulak, USMC – Commandant of the Marine Corps, from http://www.s2company.com/files/readings/krulak.htm}
USNA. (2009). United States Naval Academy – Official U.S. Navy Web Site. Brief History United States Naval Academy, 2009, from http://www.usna.edu/VirtualTour/150years/1950.htm


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