It continually surprises me how inept management can be. Kelly Ripa who hosts a morning TV show with Michael Strahan wasn’t told on a timely basis that her cohost, Michael Strahan would be leaving the program. News reports say she is furious. I don’t blame her. She has done her part to help make that show a success for several years. Who knows how many millions the network brass has made because her efforts. Then when Strahan, who has also worked hard for the success of the show, decided to leave for another job, management disrespected Kelly when they didn’t call her into the office well ahead of the announcement to the public. I’m sure it made her feel as if they didn’t care about her feelings: that she’s just a robot, not a person with a heart. No wonder she’s upset.
Unfortunately management makes this kind of mistake all too often. Too many of them are so into themselves, mired in their egocentric perspective, that they have no idea of the negative message they are sending their dedicated employees–that they don’t care about those hard workers who make them look good because they only care about themselves. Then those same managers wonder why their employees are unhappy. It has happened to many of you. It’s happened to me.
If management wants their outfits to be successful, they need to boost employee moral, not rip it to pieces. That means all you managers out there need to keep your troops informed at the proper time–even if that means you have to do a little extra work. You expect your troops to do their jobs. It’s time you started doing yours.
It was good to see Ethan Couch placed in the hands of the adult court system. After killing four people with his truck and seriously injuring others, I hated to see him get a slap on the wrist from the judge who handled his case. He was only sixteen at the time, but in my book, if you’re old enough to drive, you are old enough to accept the adult consequences for what you do while behind the wheel of a car. After he fled the country with his mother, it appears as though he isn’t ready to accept adult responsibility yet, even though he is now nineteen. It will interesting to see if he blows it again after he gets out of jail. If he does, he just might feel the full weight of the adult legal system falling on him.
World peace is something most people want. But we won’t have world peace if we let other interests run over us. War comes at a terrible price, even for the country that wins. I don’t think the U.S. should focus on being politically correct to the point where we apologize for standing up for our country. Other countries protect their interests. So should we. Japan is inviting world leaders to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first nuclear bomb released on their country during World War ll. I believe a harsh reality: The U. S. should not apologize for dropping two nuclear bombs on two of Japan’s cities. Yes, it was a horrible event. Thousands were killed. But President Roosevelt didn’t wake up that August morning in 1945 and say, “I think we’ll bomb the daylights out of Japan since we have nothing better to do.” The bombings were a culmination of several events: Japan started the war when they attacked us at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. We had spent four years beating them back across the Pacific so they had to retreat from several ocean islands to Japan itself. By that point they had little to fight with but still wouldn’t surrender. We had lost tens of thousands of American lives and had spent an enormous amount of money. Military experts estimated it would take several more years and cost the U. S. and Japan plenty if we invaded Japan instead of dropping the bombs: Japan would suffer 10,000,000 casualties, with the U.S. suffering 1,000,000. Contrast these numbers to the estimated number of Japanese casualties from the actual bombings that ended the war: about 200,000. Many people don’t want to believe it but if you look at the math, you’ll see how the bombings actually saved lives–Japanese as well as American. As I said, even when you win you pay a huge price. The U.S. didn’t want to drop those bombs, but we knew the only other thing that would make the Japanese cut it out was an invasion of Japan itself–at a much bigger cost. We should be sorry we had to drop those bombs to end a war they started with as few casualties as possible. But we shouldn’t apologize for doing what we had to do to end the horror with minimal loss of life–on both sides.