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Never, ever give up

Published: 1/25/201

Never, ever give up

From the CEO Sir. Winston Churchill is a fascinating man. Most of us know him from his time leading Great Britain during World War II. However, he was a dynamic man who became a great leader in spite of himself. An email came into my inbox noting that he passed away this week in 1965 and I started looking into the man who has become legend. He was a man who wasn’t afraid to take a stand, even if it wasn’t popular. He served his country in both the military and as an appointed, then elected, leader. His profound use of language, especially during the war, puts him into a rarefied group who used his speech and words to move issues. Some things you may not know about Churchill:
  • As Home Secretary, he pushed to put libraries in prisons
  • Initially, he did not support women’s suffrage
  • His mother was American
  • As Chancellor of the Exchequer, he led the move to a gold standard, linking the pound to gold, which led to deflation and severe economic impact.
  • He was made an honorary U.S. citizen by President Kennedy in 1963
  • Although many claim he grew up with a stutter, it is more likely he had a lisp
  • He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953
  • Churchill was the first to use the term “Iron Curtain” when describing the communist threat in Europe
  • He served twice as Prime Minister – during WWII and then again in 1951 at the age of 77
  • He was an artist, creating 500 works during his lifetime
He’s a man whose place is cemented in history for his stout leadership during the war and his thoughtful insight as a political thinker. He was flawed, like most of us, but his views evolved over time as did some of his political beliefs. If you haven’t done so, take some time to learn about this man and his leadership during crisis.   You can’t be a great leader if you are breaking laws. So the Chamber is holding our annual Labor Law Workshop next Thursday morning to make sure you’re in compliance. Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best transition ever, but it has merit. I hope you’ll join us to learn about the new laws facing employers. You owe it to your business and employees to be up on the myriad of new labor laws that went into place on January 1st.   Have a great weekend!


scott Scott Smith President/CEO  Weekly Quotes – From Mr. Churchill: Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.

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