In July of 1776, over 230 years ago, American colonists called for their independence from British rule. Words from the Declaration of Independence have been repeated over and over and are just as important today as they were in 1776.
In the spirit of the 4th of July holiday here in the U.S., the words that are so important in so many situations are these: “…all men are created equal…”
While there has been much debate about these words and what the founding fathers meant, there is some simple truth – everyone is equal, no one is more important than another, no one is better than another. This applies to labor and management, too. Everyone has their own ideas, own beliefs and own ways of thinking that is distinctly their own. If we all thought and acted the same, think how boring life would be. Would there be any innovation or new ideas to help create new businesses and jobs or sustain businesses and jobs?
We need to embrace differences and work together to encourage new ideas to move forward and treat each other as equals.
We need to look beyond whether we’re labor or management or race or religion or political affiliation and work together. There are many significant issues to be tackled and together we can do it better as long as we remember those words, “…all men are created equal…”
Happy birthday U.S.A.!