The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), regarded as a highly influential gathering of U.S. conservatives, will take place on February 25 to 28, in Orlando, Florida. This will be the first time it will be held away from Washington D.C. For the previous eight years, it has been held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Fort Washington, Maryland, which cannot accommodate the conference this year due to the Wuhan Virus.
The idea to first attend CPAC occurred to me after I had been watching C-SPAN and seeing videos from the previous year. Messages from speakers on the Right don’t otherwise receive coverage by the mainstream media – which has exercised a powerful form of censorship on American society for many decades, not merely the last few years – unless it is in a derogatory way.
The views of the Left, of course, appear every single day on the front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and hundreds of other newspapers across the U.S., as well as on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, MSNBC, and most assuredly on CNN.
The CPAC attendance fee is quite reasonable. I registered on site, in cash, so that I wouldn’t be placed on any mailing list. I arrived a day early and attended some of the sessions they had for college students and young Republicans and it was quite an eye-opener. These were good sessions, on target, with humor, and willing to address any question.
The entire event was very friendly, quite like my National Speakers Association conventions, but with even better speakers, I have to say. For a first-timer, I felt right in the swim of things, and I had a great time. The odd thing is I’m not even a conservative – I’m registered as unaffiliated – but for several years now, the Left’s worldview and socialist bent, to me, has been bordering on sheer insanity. There are a few issues on the Right with which I don’t agree, but overall, they Right has got the more well-rounded view of the world, the nation, and what needs to be done.
The media hallway, which extends for more than 50 yards, is open to anybody. That’s where I saw most of the luminaries up close. In the hallways, I personally greeted and exchanged words with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Mark Levin, Kim Strassel, Eric Bolling, Katrina Pierson, Dan Bongino, Katie Pavlich, the political editor of the Washington Times, the editor of Judicial Watch, and editors of several lesser-known publications. I also stood within five feet of Ted Cruz, Kellyanne Conway, Alan Keyes, Sidney Powell, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Sheriff David Clarke.
Mainstream Media Propaganda
It was quite heartening to see a significant number of African Americans, Asians, Jews, who are likely Orthodox with their yarmulkes, and other minorities in attendance. The ‘mainstream’ media goes out of its way to ensure that minorities never appear on camera, but I can tell you that they attended in good numbers and were embraced by everyone. What’s more, they played a significant role, many in leadership positions, and they will attend again next year and the next.
The manner in which the U.S. mainstream incessantly media manipulates truth makes one wonder – are we dwelling in the 1930s Soviet Union? Mainstream media propaganda amounts to much more than subtle lies or outright lies that they disseminate; it is also what does not receive any coverage whatsoever. It is camera angles, as well, innuendo, and dozens of subtle ploys, done almost reflexively to promote a socialist/Marxist agenda.
For nearly his entire first year in office, I cringed when President Trump tweeted some of his outrageous tweets. Then I thought about what a kind and decent man George W. Bush was and how the mainstream media, and the Left in general, continually portrayed him as a Hitler-type.
I learned to understand what Trump was doing. He kept slamming those who do not wish him well, and they could not keep him down. It’s odd that we had a President who sometimes acted like a fourteen-year-old. At the same time, he handed out exactly what the ‘libstream’ media deserved. Trump’s ability hit back twice as hard as he received made perfect sense. Capitulating to the distortion, hoaxes, and lies of the Left would have been of no value.
They had to cheat, massively, to remove Trump from office. On many levels, each of us senses that he is not done combating the sheer evil that the Left represents. I hope he speaks again at CPAC this year and every year.
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It the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life
Work-life balance (WLB) is the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life with sufficient leisure. WLB, also referred to by some as work-life harmony, work-life shift, work-life blend, work-life effectiveness, or work-life integration, requires focus and awareness despite seemingly endless tasks and activities competing for our time and attention.
Work-life balance entails having what I call “breathing space” for yourself each day, feeling a sense of accomplishment while not being consumed by work, and having an enjoyable domestic life without short-changing career obligations. WLB is rooted in whatever fulfillment means to you within the course of a day and a week, and however many years you have left in your life.
Several disciplines support work-life balance though, individually, none are synonymous with work-life balance:
1) Self Management
Sufficiently managing one’s self can be challenging, particularly in getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Self-management is the recognition that effectively using the spaces in our lives is vital, and that life, time, and available resources are finite. It means becoming captain of our own ship; no one is coming to steer for us.
2) Time Management
Effective time management involves making optimal use of your day and the supporting resources that can be summoned – you can only keep pace when your resources match your challenges. Time management is enhanced through appropriate goals and discerning what is both important and urgent, versus important OR urgent. It entails understanding what you do best and when, and assembling the appropriate tools to accomplish specific tasks.
3) Stress Management
By nature, societies tend to become more complex over time. In the face of increasing complexity, stress on the individual is inevitable. More people, noise, and distractions, independent of one’s individual circumstances, require each of us to become more adept at maintaining tranquility and being able to work ourselves out of pressure-filled situations. Most forms of multi-tasking ultimately increase our stress, while focusing on one thing at a time helps decrease stress.
4) Change Management
In our fast-paced world, change is virtually the only constant. Continually adopting new methods, adapting old, and re-adapting all methods is vital to a successful career and a happy home life. Effective change management involves offering periodic and concerted efforts so that the volume and rate of change at work and at home does not overwhelm or defeat you.
5) Technology Management
Effectively managing technology requires ensuring that technology serves you, rather than abuses you. Technology has always been with us, since the first walking stick, spear, flint, and wheel. Today, the rate of technological change is accelerating, brought on by vendors seeking expanding market share. Often you have no choice but to keep up with the technological Joneses, but rule technology, don’t let it rule you.
6) Leisure Management
The most overlooked of the work-life balance supporting disciplines, leisure management acknowledges 1) the importance of rest and relaxation, 2) that “time off” is a vital component of the human experience, and 3) that one can’t indefinitely short-change leisure without repercussions. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Thus, effective leisure management requires varying one’s activities.
Achieving work-life balance does not require radical changes in what you do. It is about developing fresh perspectives and sensible, actionable solutions that are appropriate for you. It is fully engaging in life with what you have, right where you are, smack dab in the ever-changing dynamics of your existence.
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Organizations today recognize the importance of supporting employees’ well-being while maintaining productivity
Thank goodness that organizations today increasingly recognize the importance of supporting employees’ well-being while maintaining productivity. As such, the corporate quest for work-life balance, harmony, and integration has gained great prominence.
Here are 12 key aspects of this pursuit gleaned from a variety of programs:
1. Offer Flexible Work Arrangements: Offering flexible work schedules, remote work options, and part-time opportunities allows employees to better balance their professional and personal lives.
2. Have Clear Policies: Establishing clear policies and guidelines regarding work hours, overtime, and expectations helps employees manage their time effectively.
3. Support Mental Health: Providing access to mental health resources, counseling, and stress management programs can address employees’ emotional well-being.
4. Give Leave: Offering generous paid time off, including vacation, sick leave, and parental leave, allows employees to address personal and family needs without fear of repercussions.
5. Prevent Burnout: Encouraging employees to disconnect from work-related technology after hours helps prevent burnout and supports work-life separation.
6. Support Workload Management: Ensuring that employees have manageable workloads and realistic deadlines prevents excessive stress and long working hours.
7. Provide Wellness Programs: Implementing wellness initiatives, such as fitness facilities, nutrition programs, and health screenings, promotes a healthier work-life balance.
8. Enable Employee Assistance Programs: Such programs provide confidential counseling and support services for employees facing personal challenges.
9. Promote a Culture of Balance: Company culture plays a significant role in work-life balance. Leaders should model a balanced lifestyle, and the organization should celebrate accomplishments beyond work.
10. Maintain Continuous Communication: Engaging in open dialogues with employees about their needs and concerns regarding work-life balance fosters a supportive and responsive corporate culture.
11. Empower Workers with Training and Education: Providing training on time management, stress reduction, and resilience equips employees with the skills to better balance their lives.
12. Leverage Remote Work Policies: Crafting clear remote work policies and expectations ensures that remote employees have a structured work-life balance.
Bringing in the Hired Gun
As the world’s only holder of the title, “The Work-Life Balance Expert®,” as issued by the USPTO, I am often summoned by organizations to enhance work-life balance for their troops. In all, I’ve delivered programs and spoken to 960 groups. Below depicts an encounter with a company who shall remain nameless for reasons of confidentiality. See if this squares up with your experience in your organization.
The following responses were derived as a result of my sending a questionnaire to the conference meeting planner where I was to be their keynote speaker. I requested the names of 10 people who would be in the audience. I called each of them to discuss their current challenges. Here are their actual replies to three of my questions:
1) If you could magically resolve a work-life balance issue, what would it be?
* Have more breathing room between high-level projects.
* Accomplish more during the workday and leave mentally free.
* Hire more staff!
* Take vacations and time off with no big pile ups when returning.
* Be allowed to take some Fridays off and catch up on much needed appointments.
* Reduce the number of pop-up requests and questions flying at me all day long so that I could ACTUALLY do what I need to do each day.
* Be approved to work from home or adjust my hours. My personal time isn’t respected.
2) What do you seek to derive from attending a session such as mine?
* Manage my time more effectively.
* Gain tools to embrace life while living it
* Develop stronger skills.
* Make work-life balance a reality in our company’s work-first culture.
* Acquire strategies, tips, or ideas to re-think my approach.
* Learn to change my focus, to be more productive, balanced, and focused.
* Be able to balance the few things that I do control during my day.
* Discover tips for keeping my staff in balance.
* Gain a realistic expectation of what we can achieve or experience.
* Develop a more positive outlook for the group.
3) Are there any observations you could offer?
* Work-life balance is a huge topic organization-wide. We are high performers who want to do a good job. We compromise our personal lives to meet work demands. We have to keep pace with the leaders and teams we support. If we don’t, we’ll be deemed unresponsive.
* A frenetic pace seems to be inherent in this company. Our team does a good job of emphasizing work-life balance; the problem lies with the surrounding divisions that thrive on working all the time, for no good reason. Yes, we are in a global space, working in different time zones, but some of these people are beyond the pale.
* What I love about this organization are the people. They are dedicated to the cause and truly want to deliver reliable, affordable, dynamic, and versatile solutions to our customers. However, our frenetic pace isn’t necessary. Not every project is the most vital. Not every problem is an emergency. Not every request has to be filled now.
* If in charge, I’d implement a more efficient, logical pace organization-wide. If we all took a breath and reevaluated how we work, in a more focused environment, we might find that we could produce better results with less stress.
As you can see, the topic of work-life balance resonates strongly among today’s career professionals. Going forward, may more organization recognize and acknowledge the critical role that employee wellness and work-life balance has on the organization’s overall effectiveness.
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