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Information is not knowledge …

By | 2018-06-19T06:14:15+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, social, uncategorized|Tags: , , |

and it's no substitute for ignorance (5 minute read) "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance." – Herodotus Today, as never before, information is increasing and knowledge is decreasing. Because it’s the era of … quick-click, sound-bite, short-clip, digital drivel – we’re buried in a tsunami of information, roiling across the Internet. We’re addicted to Read more...

Fascism versus Democracy …

By | 2018-06-11T08:28:36+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

or 'the strong and wrong versus the right and weak' (7 minute read) I've borrowed the heading from something President Bill Clinton said, and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright restated in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. It's a must read for anyone who gives a damn about the stopping the decline in our democracy and the Read more...

Communities are dying …

By | 2018-06-11T08:50:00+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|

from a lack of public engagement, aided and abetted by toxic discourse (7 minute read) A common definition of community is a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social and economic ties, share common values and perspectives, and engage in joint action in a geographical location or setting. The critical part of this definition is Read more...

Out-living your money is a senior’s nightmare …

By | 2017-10-11T18:13:48+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

 But it doesn't have to be this way. For many Ontario seniors like Morris Adams, living longer could soon improve financially ... but you have to do something – before October 19th   Morris Adams, 91-year-old Canadian "The fear of seniors is that they will outlive their money. Ruthie and I have.” – Morris Adams (2 minute Read more...

What do 27 psychiatrists, psychologists & mental health experts know about Donald Trump that we don’t?

By | 2017-10-03T09:43:32+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: business, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not much. They just have the training, professional duty and guts to do something about it. Three things you might not know A new, must-read book (guaranteed bestseller) will be released on Tuesday, October 3rd: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. It is the work of 27 esteemed psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts who have assessed President Donald Read more...

Trump would fail “Basic Training” as Commander-In-Chief because …

By | 2017-09-07T17:40:28+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: business, community, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , |

... he doesn't pass the minimum requirements in the US Army's FM 6-22 Leader Development Field Manual Three things you might not know Donald Trump would not pass the "five crucial qualities" in the US Army's basic leadership development manual. The "time horizon" and the "order of information complexity" inherent in most decisions required at the level of a Read more...

From Charlottesville to Cobourg, free speech walks a …

By | 2017-08-18T06:09:03+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

fine line between open debate and abusive control (6 minute read) The tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia last week cannot be equated with millions of daily infringements on free speech but its violence exposes the problem of maintaining the fragile balance between two fundamental pillars of democracy: the people's freedom versus the autocrats' control. When free speech turns abusive and Read more...

Leadership in the mirror and …

By | 2017-07-21T10:26:18+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , |

the genetic battle between achievement and cooperation Four things you might not know A shallow understanding of the genetic fundamentals of human behavior is perhaps the greatest deficit in leadership today. If you haven't read half these books you're not leadership material. CEO pay has grown 127 times faster than worker pay over last 30 years despite workers nearly Read more...

Where is the leadership in this toxic brew of …

By | 2017-07-07T08:40:44+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: business, community, politics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

twisted populism, failing leadership and genetically driven Darwinian leaders? Double, double toil and trouble; Fire leaders, and burst their bubble; Fair is foul, and foul is fair, The peoples' cupboard is always bare. When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won, That will be ere the set of sun, and the populist movement overcome. – adapted from Read more...

70% is a long way from 100% …

By | 2017-06-20T11:34:39+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: business, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , |

so why is it accepted as a benchmark by most leaders? Three things you probably don't know When rating the top five public tech organizational cultures, Google came out on top, scoring 71 out of 100.[1] When rating the best companies among women Apple scored best at 69 out of 100.[2] When minorities rated their experience, the best score Read more...

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