How can companies attract, hire, and retain enough high-quality workers in the population-challenged future?
The future of HR is inexorably tied to the future of demography and technology in the United States and throughout the world. Cultural changes will also play an important role. These changes are overwhelming in their power and even in their novelty. Chief executives who wish for their companies to succeed will have to lead their companies and their communities through these daunting challenges. How can they do that?
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Do the fires in your life forge you into greatness, or do you fail in the heat?
The Navy Exchange at the base in Rhode Island had a plaque which read, “Some people are lost in the fires, other people are forged in them – Marines.” The finest swords are heated again and again to burn and melt away impurities that weaken the steel, making it brittle, prone to shatter, and worthless for war.
Life is full of fires, including everything from health to money to relationships. The flames of suffering burn throughout every life, waxing and waning as the days pass. No moment is completely free of pain. Ultimately, these fires will consume the mortal coil of every one of us.
During our earthly walk, some people are damaged or are even destroyed by their fires, while others grow stronger. Some fail while others are forged. A few become truly great. What makes the difference? Four factors characterize those who are forged in their infernos.
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Businesses must recall that they do not exist to sell products, no matter how excellent those products are, but to meet customer needs. Their survival depends upon it.
Coronado Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas hosted a banquet to raise money for Christian ministries in Africa. A church leader spoke of his experience on that continent (personal experience, 2006).
“Tell me about yourself,” an African pastor said to the American.
“Well, I own a manufacturing plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. We are expanding into India” the church man answered.
“Not about your work, that is unimportant,” the African pastor replied. “Tell me about your family.”
The American businessman defined himself by his work, while the African pastor defined himself as part of a family, a church, and a community. As is common in individualistic societies, the American focused on his individual contribution. As is common in communal societies, the African focused on his part of the group and their contribution. The businessman and the pastor had to understand what each meant when they asked, “Who am I?” Had they not, they never could have met one another’s needs, and the mission trip would have been a failure.
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In this classic David vs. Goliath fight, Ukraine will endure against the powerful Russian bear…as long as they keep fighting.
In the early morning of 24 February, Moscow time, Russian land, air, and sea forces from Byelorussia, Crimea, and Donetsk attacked the Ukraine. Russia and the Ukraine were united with Kazakhstan other states in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Existing since the Bolsheviks overthrew Czar Nicholas II in 1917, the USSR defeated Germany on the eastern front in World War II, invaded Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and stood against the Western World in the Cold War. The fall of the USSR in 1991 splintered the former allies and ushered in a political disaster for Russia.
In the war between Russia and the Ukraine, Russia possesses major advantages. Russia is the largest country in the world at 6.6 million square miles, about 1/8th of the world’s land mass, and has a population of 146 million. According to the 2022 military strength ranking from Global Firepower, Russia is behind only the United States in military power, having 1.35 million personnel, 4100 aircraft, and 605 naval vessels. Its per capita gross domestic product is $11,300. Ukraine, by contrast, extends over 233,000 square miles and has a population of 44 million. According to the 2022 military strength ranking from Global Firepower, Ukraine ranks 23 out of 140 nations surveyed. It has 500,000 total military personnel, 318 aircraft, and 38 naval vessels. Its per capita gross domestic product is $3,727.
If Russia has so many advantages, why will Ukraine endure?
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Abortion is the largest issue dividing America, the world. The US Supreme Court is considering the biggest change since Roe. What to know?
American politics is as divided as it has been since 1856, when, in a premeditated assault, South Carolina Democratic Representative Preston Brooks beat Massachusetts Republican Senator Charles Sumner with his oak walking stick. Brooks was arrested but soon reelected, and after a prolonged recovery, Sumner also made his way back to the Senate. The issue then was slavery, and the issue now is abortion.
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Weltanschauung, the German word for worldview, allows us to interpret our otherwise confusing world. Our metanarrative, the overarching story, provides our weltanschauung, and gives meaning to our existence by answering four existential questions:
- Who are we (am I)?
- Where did we (I) come from?
- What went wrong in the world?
- Where are we (am I) going?
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Thanking people for their contributions to our lives is good, but thanking God, from whom all blessings flow, is indispensable. And that is the part that we neglect.
The word “thanks” is found 73 times in 71 verses in the King James Version of the Bible. In Hebrew, four words (two same stems) are used to describe it:
- הֻיְּדוֹת (huyyᵊḏôṯ) – thanksgiving
- יֶדָא (yeḏā’) – thank, give thanks
- יָדָה (yāḏâ) – praise, give thanks, confess, thank, make confession, thanksgiving, cast, cast out, shoot, thankful
- תּוֹדָה (tôḏâ) – thanksgiving, praise, thanks, thank offerings, confession
The Greeks, on the other hand, used five words (two same stems):
- ἀνθομολογέομαι (anthomologeomai ) – give thanks
- εὐχαριστέω (eucharisteō) – give thanks, thank, be thankful
- εὐχαριστία (eucharistia) – thanksgiving, giving of thanks, thanks, thankfulness
- ὁμολογέω (homologeō) – confess, profess, promise, give thanks, confession is made, acknowledgeth
- χάρις (charis) – grace, favour, thanks, thank, thank, pleasure
In every instance of the use of one of those words, the context refers to giving thanks to the God, the Lord of all.
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