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The ‘Squad’ Represents Hate Bubbling Over

Three congresswomen arrived in Washington ready to vent at the touch of a hat.

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Military lore contends that bad luck comes in “threes,” a phenomenon from World War II. If soldiers sought to light three cigarettes with a single match, by the time the third soldier extended a cigarette, the enemy had fired.

In 2021, Democrats in the House of Representatives find themselves knuckling under to three seething ‘cauldrons’ of hate, if not outright agreeing with them: Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. These three congresswomen arrived in Washington ready to vent at the touch of a hat. Their platform, among the far Left, only grows larger as the squabble of 2020 extends into 2021.

Hateful and Vocal

Who, exactly, do Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib hate, other than Donald Trump, his family, his administration, the military, I.C.E., and law enforcement? They hate anyone and everyone who voted for Donald Trump – all 75+ million. They hate Jews, and they hate Israel in particular.

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What do Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib hate? Pretty much any policy of Barack Obama that Donald Trump maintained (or improved), or decided was poorly conceived and reversed. They hated the phrase, “Make America Great Again,” from the get-go, since in their view America was never great. They hate sensible budgets, people having to pay their own way, and fundamental differences between men and women.

These three ladies are so vocal: If I were a ranking member of a congress, perhaps with a committee chairmanship, I’d be aghast. I would be irate about how much airtime they grab and how they now represent the face of the Democratic Party.

Do Democrats believe that advocating for open borders, condoning the activities of Antifa, espousing that college should be free (which, of course, means that someone else pays), absolving all student debt, claiming that Medicare should be provided for all, weakening the military, and converting to a socialist state is going to work out well?
Apparently they do.

The Evidence is Plain to See

When you stroll through a supermarket today and see the abundance of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, nuts, meats, packaged goods, frozen foods, soft drinks, beers, wines, and pharmaceuticals, etc., is there any question about the bounty bestowed upon our society from centuries of capitalism?

When you visit an auto dealership and observe the abundance of cars, when you step onto a college campus, and there are 2600 major colleges in the U.S., and see the magnificent architecture, the fountains, the walkways, the vibrancy, why would you choose to mess with an economic system that delivered this?

Contemplate our cities from coast-to-coast, the civic centers, skyscrapers, town halls, sports stadiums, ice-skating rinks, greenways, resorts, and endless highways and byways. Why would you ever advocate a risky proposition – such as socialism – which has never benefitted a single generation in a single nation?

Consider the miraculous U.S.–led breakthroughs benefitting people around the globe, from the cell phone, to the Internet, to pacemakers, to the world’s best dental care, to Lasik surgery. What would prompt you to think that a socialist society could produce innovative entrepreneurs found in every state and every county in America?

Blind to Everyday Reality

How much do you have to hate America, our way of life, and everything that we stand for, to imply that it all has to be undone? How grossly do you have to ignore that people from across the globe want to emigrate here, while virtually no one, not Barbra Streisand, not Alec Baldwin, and not the foul-mouthed Robert DeNiro, wants to leave?

How overly focused on disparities and injustices do you have to be – which occur in every nation, all the time – to say that this nation, above all others, is the most evil? Yes, unquestionably we should strive to alleviate the disparity, and eliminate the injustices. To throw out the all-time super-baby with the bath water, however, is beyond stupidity and beyond ignorance. The attempt is grounded in seething hatred.

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Delegation: An Ongoing Phenomena

Failure to delegate effectively often happens because team leader don’t trust the people with whom they’re working

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For most of your career, you’ve read or heard that one of the key approaches to getting things done is to delegate effectively. This presumes that you have others to whom you can delegate. In my contact with more than 950 organizations over the last two and a half decades, I’ve found increasingly that people have fewer resources, a lower budget, and less staff people. If they want to get something done, often they have to do it themselves!

Assuming you have others to whom you can delegate, the first or second time you personally tackle a particular task yields useful information. You learn more about the nature of the task, how long it takes, and whether or not you enjoy doing it.

By the third time, a task of the same ilk as those you’ve handled before often becomes best handled by someone reporting to you. Such tasks could involve updating a database, completing an interim report, or assembling meeting notes.

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All that You Can

On the path to getting things done, your quest is to identify all those things that you can possibly delegate to others and then prepare those others so that they have a high probability of succeeding. In the course of your workday there may be only a handful of things that you alone need to do because of your experience, insight or specialized knowledge. Everything else that can be delegated should be.

Some people feel they have to take care of everything themselves and to this day haven’t been able to break the habit of “doing it all.” If this someone is in your seat right now, recognize that as a category of one, you can only get so much done.

Many managers and supervisors fail to delegate effectively because either they don’t fully trust the people with whom they’re working, or they’ve always been get-it-all-done-by-myself types.

Take Time before You Assign

Prior to delegating anything to anyone, take the time to actually prepare your staff for delegation. This would involve assessing an employee’s skills, interests, and needs. You could even ask people what new tasks and responsibilities they would like to assume. You might be surprised at the wide variety of responses you receive. There may be people on your staff right now who can help you with tasks you’ve been dying to hand off to someone but didn’t see how or when you could put them into play.

While you want to delegate to staff people who show enthusiasm, initiative and interest, or have otherwise previously demonstrated the ability to handle and balance several tasks at once, sometimes you have to delegate to someone who has not exhibited any of the above. In that case, delegate on a piece-meal basis.

Ensure that the staff person is able to effectively handle the small task or tasks he’s been assigned and does not feel swamped or overloaded. When the staff person demonstrates competence, you can increase the complexity of assignments and even the frequency with which you delegate.

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Multi-tasking: More Harm than Good

In this day and age, where so much competes for our attention, it is easy to stray!

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I belong to a local health club, and while I was there one day, I saw a woman get on the Stairmaster. I watched as she whipped out an mp3 player and started listening to music. Then, to my surprise, she reached into her gym bag, pulled out a book, and placed it on that ledge to read. I almost asked her if she would like a piece of gum!

Today, when so much competes for our attention, it is easy to stray! More often than we care to pretend, in the office and at home, we invite more than we can handle, and then act as though we didn’t. As individuals, throughout society, we are trained to believe that the ability to multi-task is a great attribute. Unfortunately, that’s a big mistake. Here’s why, and how to avoid multi-tasking in the future.

First Things First

What’s the fastest and easiest way to handle six tasks competing for our attention? Identify the most important task, second most important, third most important, and so on, then tackle the first and finish it all the way, move on to the second and complete it, then move all the way down the list.

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Any other way of tackling those items, whether they are tasks for home or work, is simply not as efficient. The catch is, any other way is more psychologically satisfying.  Why?  It’s almost as if juggling projects, switching gears unnecessarily or abruptly, or leaving a job unfinished to start a new project gives you the opportunity to say to other people, “Hey, look at me! Look how involved I am! Look at how busy I am! I’m great at multi-tasking.” A multi-tasker, however, can’t compete with others who tackle their to-do list, one item at a time.

What about doubling up as a procedure for tackling a number of routine items or very simple tasks? You can eat dinner and read a book at the same time. Eating and reading at the same time is relatively harmless.

How about driving and talking on the cell phone at the same time? Driving requires your sharp attention, as does carrying on an intelligent conversation with someone else who is not present; doing both at the same time spreads your attention too thin, with often disastrous results. The same is true for projects you’re working on that require your best thinking.

Tips:
* give yourself 5 to 10 minute intervals to focus on the task at hand
* safe-guard your immediate environment to avoid interruptions
* acknowledge yourself whenever you stick to one task and finish it
* repeat all the above, often, knowing that ‘more often’ is better!

Your Undivided Attention

When you’re working on a new task, brainstorming, engaging in first-time thinking, or doing creative work, it’s vital to offer your complete and undivided attention to that one task before you. To dissipate your attention or otherwise stray means you are not going to do your best work.

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