Click here if this doesn't display properly on your screen.



How My July the 4th Took a 180º Turn



Author:   Glenn Shepard
Date:   July 8,  2014
Category:   Management




Montgomery, NY July 9
Albany, NY July 10
Dalton, GA July 15
Wichita Falls, TX July 22
Paris, TX July 23
Waxahachie, TX July 24
Lewisville, TX July 25
Ithaca, NY July 29
Canandaigua, NY July 30
Click here or call 1-800-538-4595 to reserve seats.

Dear Glenn,


What is your take on employers who expect their employees to lie? I have been told so many times that "that's just the way business is done now".

 How does an honest employee draw the line while looking for a new job that doesn't require they sacrifice their personal ethics?


Arlene in Richmond, VA



Dear Arlene,


I once interviewed an FBI polygraph examiner for one of my books, and he cited a study that found the average person lies 3 times a day. There are overt lies, lies of omission, lies of compassion, lies of exaggeration, etc.

   He explained that while a civilized society couldn't exist if everyone was a pathological liar, it also couldn't exist if everyone was brutally honest like Jim Cary in the movie "Liar, Liar".

   Parents lie to children about the existence of the Easter Bunny. You'd probably lie to your 91 year old grandmother when she asks how her Christmas turkey is, no matter how awful it may be.

     Advertising is based on emphasizing product benefits without outright lying. Kevin Trudeau, author of books on everything from weight loss to curing cancer, is in prison for charges stemming from crossing the line from aggressive advertising to outright lying.

     Every manager knows how often job applicants exaggerate on resumes, and employees exaggerate or lie when using paid sick days.

    I'm asked to "lie" (and do) in this column by changing people's names when they want to remain remaining anonymous.

     The answer to your question is that there is no simple answer. You have to decide for yourself where you draw the line in the sand.

     Thanks for your question.


- Glenn in Nashville

Click here to submit a question. If yours is selected, you'll win your choice of the "I'm the Boss, Not the Babysitter" or "Work Is Not for Sissies"  coffee mug.

It began as many holiday celebrations do here in Nashville, with an open air concert on lower Broadway, in front of the Hard Rock Café.


This one featured Billy Currington (“God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy”), and was followed by what was reported to be the second largest July the 4th fireworks display in the U.S.


We met a woman whose son had recently returned from Afghanistan. When I mentioned how happy she must be to have him back, her response sent chills down my spine:



“I’ll never have him back. He wasn’t physically injured, but he’s so emotionally and psychologically damaged that I don’t know him. He can’t keep a job. He’s so angry that he can’t function. I can’t even talk to him.”



She explained what a failure the V.A. had been, and how she hoped all the media coverage of the recent V.A. scandal might bring much needed changes.


When the obligatory Lee Greenwood song "I’m Proud to Be an American” was played later in the night, I noticed how everyone seemed to know the words. From the Mitchell, South Dakota pharmacist to the Huntsville, Alabama CPA standing beside us, it seemed like every one of the 284,000 people in attendance was singing along.


But when we got to this verse, something struck me:



“I'm proud to be an American,

Where at least I know I'm free.

And I won't forget the men who died,

Who gave that right to me.”



I realized that metaphorically speaking, forgetting the troops is largely what we've done to those who made it home alive but in need of help.


When I Googled “V.A. scandal”, I found story after story of veterans who’ve died waiting for medical care. Words like “Betrayal” and “Abandonment” came up again and again.


It is unconscionable that we would send these brave men and women to put their lives on the line in service of our country, and not take care of them when they return.


It baffles me how many politicians argue over whether certain interrogation techniques of terrorists or methods of execution of convicted murderers are inhumane, but virtually ignore the inhumanity and injustice of how we’ve failed our returning troops.


Paying lip service by saying things like “I support our troops” or thanking them for their service isn’t enough.


Regardless of whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or anything else, this should be one issue we can all agree on.


If you are a proud American, I’m urging you to write your Congressman and Senators, and demand that they don’t let this fall to the back burner again.


Click here to go to the U.S.A.'s official website.





To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard




P.S.  For those who plan to send nastygrams about how this newsletter isn’t  appropriate for this issue, I implore you to use the Unsubscribe link. I will not apologize for standing up for veterans to whom we owe a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay. I AM proud to be an American, and believe we can and must do better.


P.P.S. Canadians do something called the Highway of Heroes to honor their fallen, and I've always wished we did something similar in the U.S. Click here to see.




Click on this button to comment on today's column.






^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^ 








^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^   








^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^ 








^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^ 








^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^ 








^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^ 







^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^      ^     ^      ^      ^      ^      ^