There are no words to describe the horror and sadness at the brutal killing of four men in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday.
A house of worship, whether a church, synagogue, or mosque, is a house of sanctuary--a place where people can feel safe to pray or just to escape the problems they face in their daily lives.
What happened to four men at prayer in a house of worship in Jerusalem is unspeakable. Yet if we don't speak out about this type of incident, it will continue to happen, and that in itself is unspeakable.
"Never again!" is a declaration we hear about the Holocaust, but every genocide in history started not with mass killings, but with acts of violence like this one.
It doesn't matter whether the victims are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or something else. We must speak out to stop this from happening again.
This week I am at the Sonata adult piano camp in Bennington, Vermont. In addition to practice and performance, we also have classes on musical subjects.
Today's class was about musical overtones. Playing an A on the piano doesn't give you just that note, but a whole series of other tones that resonate in the background...an octave, a fifth, a third, and eventually the entire chromatic scale. We hear these other tones in the background and they change the way we hear the music.
Similarly, in your business there are likely overtones that creep into your communications: things that aren't said overtly but that influence your message. This can be everything from your brand image to employee interactions, competitive and market pressures, and even how much the listener is predisposed to be tuned in to what you're trying to say.
Stop and think about how these hidden elements may be changing your communications. How can you create a more conducive environment for getting the right messages heard?
Republicans clearly trounced their Democratic rivals in Tuesday's election, putting both houses of Congress in Republican hands. This means we should be expecting significant change in Washington, right?
Well, not exactly. Historically, between 80 and 96% of incumbents are re-elected to Congress each term. That means that even though there will be some changes with a new party in charge, for the most part, we've returned the usual suspects to office.
Two weeks ago, Democratic political pundit James Carville told me no one individual can come to town and dramatically change Washington. Unfortunately, President Obama learned this the hard way.
Rather than wait for Washington to lead the way, wouldn't it make more sense for our businesses and organizations to take steps to change themselves?
I suspect, however, that in a short time, we'll see this dance play out again, and again...unless something dramatically changes.
They said it couldn't be done. The visiting team just doesn't win the 7th game of the World Series.
But they also said the Pittsburgh Pirates would win the Wild Card game. The Washington Nationals, with the best record in baseball, were a shoe-in for the Division Series, and the reigning National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals were bound to win the pennant.
The sports media and pundits said the Kansas City Royals were the team of destiny, and after Tuesday's game, it looked like that might be so.
But no one bothered to tell that to the San Francisco Giants. No one told them they couldn't win with a roster riddled with injuries. No one told Madison Bumgarner he couldn't throw 5 shutout innings three days after a complete game shutout. It went down to the last batter in the bottom of the ninth, but the Giants pulled it out to win their 3rd World Series in five years.
Imagine what you can do when you don't believe the naysayers. Look what you can do when you don't stop believing...when you never lose sight of the goal.