As of this morning, Italy has now witnessed over 74,000 cases of Coronavirus and more than 7,500 Deaths as a result. To put that in perspective for Americans that may be minimizing the impact of this pandemic and possibly believe that this is just another flu, consider this:
you turned on Fox News today and they announced that EVERY SINGLE PLAYER of the: National Football League; Major League Baseball; National Basketball Association; and National Hockey League, had passed away since the Super Bowl on February 2nd, 2020?
In addition to that, EVERY SINGLE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER of the SEC and BIG10 had also passed.
Not to mention, the: Head Coach; Assistant Coach; GM; Owner; Mascot; and even #1 Fan, of each of those 151 Teams have also died in less than two months, would that be a point of concern?
So, to put this all in perspective, if the above scenario played out, the 6,059 dead would still fall short of what the Italians are currently dealing with as we speak.
My hope here is not to instill fear or loss of hope, but instead... awareness. Demand that your local Representatives, Mayors, Governors, Senators, and even President, take this seriously and give Human Lives greater priority than Corporate Profits.
Pray for those in mourning all over the World who are dealing with the results of this pandemic, as well as the brave and hardworking: Doctors, Nurses and Scientists; who are on the front lines of Hospitals and Laboratories everywhere, attempting to care for and treat those infected or dying, while striving to remain healthy themselves.
#NFL #MLB #NBA #NHL #NCAA
"The coming weeks and months will require us to make decisions, decisions that will bring major changes, and I will take full responsibility for those changes"
~French President, Emmanuel Macron
In a foolish attempt to stay informed and better grasp the situation at hand, I mistakenly watched Trump ignorantly and incoherently stumble through yet another divisive and mind-numbing press conference.
Inspired by a friend's post the other day, I decided to see how other Leaders were addressing and comforting their citizens.
I have no desire to enter in to conversations of another Leader's politics, stances or past actions - for I do not follow, and have no dog in that fight.
What did impress me was the Confident, Coherent and Compassionate messages that were delivered to their Citizens. In such interesting times like these, it is encouraging and reassuring to witness True Leadership during this unprecedented period that we are experiencing.
If you are curious, I have attached links to the speeches below.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Confident & Stay Informed!
All the Best,
Prime Minister of Canada
Chancellor of Germany
(Perhaps he should not be the one to lead our country for another Four Years)
51 Rules for Leadership Excellence
How do you think Trump stacks up
against the first 20 Rules of Leadership Excellence?
1. Take responsibility; never, ever place blame elsewhere.
2. If you want to control your future, let go of the control.
3. Learn to be a strong communicator. No, this does not mean send a lot of text messages.
4. Listen, don't judge.
5. Don't make excuses; when it comes to being a respectable leader, there are none.
6. Never forget that your team - not your product, not your bank account - is your number-one asset.
7. Give your team the tools and freedom to be extraordinary. There is no better investment.
8. If you promise to do something, do it--and do it well.
9. Let your ego know that it's really smart to surround yourself with people who know more than you do.
10. To work with a coach or mentor is a sign of a successful mindset, not a weakness.
11. Consciously build a powerful company culture. Otherwise, it will build itself and you probably won't like the results.
12. If you consistently work through the night, you're doing something wrong.
13. Employee meetings are not a disruption, waste of time, or inconvenience.
14. Never enter into a 50-50 partnership.
15. Do not launch a product without doing market research that goes well beyond family and friends.
16. Before you even think about stepping into a leadership role, define and understand your values. Otherwise, you have no road map to lead yourself or others to success.
17. You are only as successful as you believe you are. Mindset is everything.
18. Don't think your idea is a great one because you believe in it and you've worked hard for it. It's only great if your customers believe it too.
19. Honesty is a code to live by; choose your words carefully.
20. If you think it's time to quit, it probably is.