Family

In the 9th chapter of Samuel Florman’s book, “Good Guys, Wise Guys, and Putting Up Buildings”, Florman describes how the empoyers of his company, “Kreisler, Borg, Florman”, came together as a family throughout the years due to the employers instinct to treat people well, share prosperity, and three significant people who held the “family” together.  Joe Blitz, on the other hand, believed in Belligerence.  Two of his employers would constantly fued in which he stated that he preferred it that way.  This could have been fairly destructive to his workers and to his fueding employees.  It was bad for his people no matter how much he wanted it that way.  What he should have done was seperate the two and keep them from working near each other.  They were obviously not a good fit for his company and distracting to the other employees.  However, Blitz made it work out for him, even though it is unethical to make a few people’s lives miserable in order to make your life easier.

In Frank Miller’s essay, “That Old Piece of Cloth”, he talks about how, when he was a teenager, he  rebelled against his parents when they tried to teach him to be patriotic.  He believed that it was just an “Old piece of cloth” when he was growing up during the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  It wasn’t until 9/11 when Miller began to understand the meaning of what his parents were trying to tell him.  Terrorist killed his neighbors, and made the lungs of every New Yorker filled with the chalky dust that filled the air.  Miller saw patriotism as “self – preservation” and “central to a nation’s survival”.  He quotes Ben Franklin in saying, “If we don’t all hang together, we all hang sperately.”  It is important to treat each other like family and fueding should not be tolerated in a workspace because it could split the workforce into pieces just like the country did in the 60s.  America needs to be a family if we want to help our country survive.

I remember my middle school baseball team that I played on when I was in 8th grade.  We were a small team of about 14 players and we all came together as a family and would hang out together outside of baseball, much like “Kreisler Borg Florman” employees.  As a result, we had a very good year and only lost 3 games the season.  On other teams that I played on that had fueds between one teammate and another, resulting in poor performance.  For example, on one travel team that I played on we would all yell and point fingers at one another and our record that summer was sub .500. I believe in teams that are united and that work well with others are the most successful, not necessarily the ones that have the best players.

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