‘How Important is
Studies of how
groups of people form societies show that there are many
contributing factors such as demographics, environment, religion,
education, and geography. Overlooked in most of these studies is
the most basic building block of all…the
societies consist of traditional families: a mother, a father, and
children. Let’s examine how and why this is
From the beginning, mothers have been necessary to carry their
unborn children in their wombs until they are born. Mothers’ bodies
were designed for this, enabling babies to nurse until they are
weened. In addition to these biological functions, Mothers set the
example for their children of how women should behave as adults.
They have an outlook on life different than fathers. They make the
majority of basic decisions for the family. And, Mothers are
co-equal family leaders along with Fathers.
Fathers are co-equal family leaders along with Mothers.
Responsibility for the overall well-being of every other family
member rests on his shoulders. In most cases, he is the primary
wage earner. Fathers set the example for their children of how men
should behave as adults. Fathers have an outlook on life different
than mothers. In conjunction with mothers, Fathers are to train and
help educate their children as they prepare for
In addition to
raising and educating children, Mothers and Fathers are responsible
for creating better opportunities for their children than they had
As infants and toddlers, children are totally dependent on their
parents. As they grow, they must learn right from wrong; what is
real from what is imagined. They are to obey their parents. They
learn what their parents demonstrate. They learn by watching,
doing, and studying. Upon finishing their education, they are
required to become contributing members of society. They learn new
ideas, improving their own lives and society as a whole. They
become adults, form families, and have more children, continuing
the cycle of life.
How do societies
fail? They fail…
When fathers are
displaced by government. When mothers having babies are required to
be unmarried or lose their government benefits.
population shrinks because more people are dying than are being
When children are
indoctrinated, taught lies, and turned against their
truths are vilified, while falsehoods are being taught. And, when
politics trumps mothers, fathers, and common sense.
Let’s stop this
descent into failure, by supporting family life, and encouraging
our families to have more children.
This message is
not meant to offend or target any specific group or people. This is
simply an observation of the truth.
And, that is
today’s Morning Minute
“How Do You Resolve Problems?”
To begin problem resolution, which word usually begins your initial
What? Who? When? Why?
Those were the options in a recent LinkedIn poll. Here are the
203 votes for what;
27 votes for who; 5.7%
223 votes for why;
21 votes for when; 4.4%
There were many comments explaining their answers. Solving
problems, taking advantage of opportunities, and resolving
conflicts are all part of a leader’s daily agenda. We have all been
in meetings where everyone has an opinion, but nothing gets
settled, and no accountability is assigned.
Do you have a process to resolve problems? Having a process for
solving problems, having productive meetings, and ensuring
accountability would be a great tool for effective
GREAT NEWS! Dale Carnegie shared a simple but effective process for
getting real answers using these 4 questions…in
is the actual problem or opportunity?”
Have them describe this exactly. Ask for clarification. Ensure that
you are addressing the real issue, not just the way the person sees
the problem. To achieve resolution, you must understand the
has created this problem or opportunity?”
Once again, dig deep. In most cases there is more than one cause.
Listing all the causes will lead to multiple options for
resolution. Keep asking until all the causes are
options are there for resolution?”
Because there are probably several causes in answer to question #2,
there will be multiple options to consider. Do NOT accept that
there is only one option. There are always options.
solution do you recommend?”
Here is where accountability is assigned. They must recommend a
solution, no exceptions. This is especially important in meetings
to prevent complaint sessions where nothing gets
I have personally used this process repeatedly to assign
responsibility, and to ensure that we isolate and understand the
issues. This process requires examination of every option,
and understanding who and what will be affected by either your
decision or non-decision.
How will using this process to solve problems save you time, and
create accountability for your team members? How much time will it
save you having staff who analyze these issues before they bring
them to you? How will using this process help you groom future
leaders to help your organization grow?
In the next issue we will examine how their poll answers indicate
That is today’s Morning Minute.