Main Street: January 19, 2022 | Business, finance and technology

As we eclipse the old year 2021, we usher in the new year. Watching the empty New Year’s Eve TV specials about the switchover in 2022, which was quite disheartening and lacking in talent, I remembered the New Year past.

I was reminded of the words of the musical group The Who, enunciated eloquently in their seminal 1971 song, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again”, whose anthem rang true then as it does now, “We ‘ll be fighting in the streets, with our children at our feet, and the morals they revere will be gone. And the men who rejected us, sit to judge all evil, and they will decide, and the shotgun will sing the song…. But like yesterday, so I’m gonna get down on my knees and pray that we won’t be fooled again.

Given the dynamics of the current administration’s political ideologies, and as exemplified above, we are being inundated with misinformation, political propaganda, confidence in the endless refrain, “Trust science,” vitriolic , distrust and misplaced and misguided policies. agendas. These political demagogues demonstrate with their rallying cry to bow to the post-modern world and replace God, apple pie and the American flag by removing God from every part of society, erasing our historical past, unlimited government mandates and surrendering to a new world. order.

Rampant inflation, a new round of a COVID Omicron Variant, and unhindered access for immigrants crossing our borders only sum up the failed policies of selfish political leaders whose only imperative is to be re-elected.

Curiously, the political left is engaged in a barrage of attacks, which is directly tied to defunding the police, treating criminals as victims, and granting illegal immigrants more rights than our sans population. -shelter, which also includes US citizens with mental health issues as well as our homeless veterans.

Our country is in a moral decline where evil is seen as good, civility is dying out, and right here in Kankakee County we have witnessed the murder of one of our Bradley police officers and the serious injuries of another. The greatest generation of our grandparents would be confused and bewildered by what our country has become today.

Whatever challenges our country faces, and as we enter a new year, we must engage in capacity building efforts to strengthen our Judeo-Christian background. Ethics, peace, love and service to others must be the new rallying cry for this new year.

Galvanizing these imperatives of service to others and in the spirit of creating unity and not division, an interesting article appeared on the foundationsmag.com The website, titled “George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Business and Conversation,” offers compelling advice for all of us.

I will highlight some of these maxims and then offer my comments in parentheses on how to add to your area of ​​leadership.

1. Treat everyone with respect: (Everyone, regardless of position in the organization or position in the community, deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and care.)

2. Be considerate of others. Don’t embarrass anyone. (Civility is the hiding place of being well-mannered. And, as such, treat others with proper consideration and don’t embarrass others to make yourself feel superior.)

3. Don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself. (Narcissistic and selfish behavior is not a desirable quality to possess. Instead, be a beacon for building and maintaining relationships by adding importance to others.)

4. When speaking, be concise. (Wordiness is a tool of vanity and only heightens vanity by showing the person’s supposed intelligence. However, the genius lies in the ability to make the complex seem simple.)

5. Do not argue with your superiors but submit your ideas with humility. (Humility is one of the characteristics of emotional intelligence. Therefore, be a gatekeeper to understanding the needs of others and helping to manage those needs so that they come to fruition.)

6. Don’t make fun of anything important to others. (No one has ever stood so tall as when leaning down to lend a helping hand to someone in need. Don’t berate others by using the cluttered joviality device to embarrass or deride someone’s aspirations or values ​​because they don’t align with yours.)

7. If you are corrected, take it without judgment. If you were misjudged, fix it later. (Taking the high road is always more desirable than proving your point and losing your job or relationship with others. If warranted, take criticism as an objective lesson to remedy your mistakes and use them as a learning tool for others.)

8. If you criticize someone else for something, make sure you’re not guilty of it yourself. Action speaks louder than words. (Hypocrisy is the emblem of the weak. Let your actions stand as a testament to your character (what you do when no one else is watching) and be determined to align your words with your actions.)

9. Don’t be quick to believe bad reports about others. (Give others the benefit of the doubt. Not everything you hear is accurate or believable. If you hear something from someone else, go straight to the source and investigate yourself. If the roles were reversed, you would expect the same.)

10. Associate with good people. It is better to be alone than in bad company. (It has been said that if you want to be strong, learn to like being alone. If others don’t make you stronger or a better person, it is better to be alone.)

Armed with the examples above, exemplified by the timeless and wise counsel of our first President, George Washington, we can indeed effect change in this myriad of chaos that we have faced as a nation. Serving others with an open heart and reaching out to those less fortunate is forging our path to remaining the greatest nation on earth.

The new year is always a cradle of optimism. Despite the apparent dark road ahead, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If we heed the words of our late 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, “United we stand, divided we fall,” captures the essence of the American spirit.

May we all stay united in our quest for a prosperous and healthy New Year and let our indomitable spirit of service to others light up our journey.

Dr. Edward Piatt, Ed.D., MBA, is a retired Illinois State manager with 32 years of frontline leadership experience. He is Assistant Professor of Business in the MBA and MOL programs at Olivet Nazarene University, and Doctoral Advisor and Doctoral Assistant Professor at Trevecca Nazarene University. He is also an organizational/economic development consultant and frequently lectures on emotional intelligence (EI), organizational culture and leadership. He can be contacted through the Daily Journal at [email protected] or directly at [email protected]