Dave Richards' Weekly Column in The Woonsocket Call

Dave Richards for December 6th…………

--I have to tell you how much fun I had at the Woonsocket Main Street Holiday Stroll this past Saturday afternoon! What great memories were made for so many thousands of people who came by, enjoying the booths, the decorations, the ice sculptures, the Polar Express, horse-drawn carriage, trolley car, and of course Santa’s arrival on a Woonsocket Fire Department truck in the afternoon. Hundreds of youngsters were waiting patiently for the Jolly Old Elf for his first visit of the season to his cozy little house in the mini-park near City Hall. He’ll be back again on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If ever you start feeling overwhelmed by the holidays or life in general, just take a look at the scenes at Depot Square when Santa is in town or when the Polar Express is running. Watch the faces of the children and, I’ll tell ya, it’ll take years away from your attitude and make your heart much lighter.

--Another way to get that holiday feeling is to take a seat in our beautiful Stadium Theatre for a performance of A Christmas Carol. The Fabulous Denise and I are still in awe remembering what we saw last Saturday night there. I spent many youthful years performing in the theater, and let me tell you I was spellbound at the professionalism and talent on that stage. Sure, we all know the story. But the way Shining Light Productions tells the story is nothing short of amazing. With spirits literally flying in and out of scene and some very clever scene changes and even a few playful jokes thrown in, it was time well spent for us and I encourage you to get tickets soon because even with the performance added tomorrow night, seats are becoming in short supply.

--Returning to the mundane of daily life, our local elected officials are almost all officially seated and are busy about the business of government. Everyone is promising to work together with those they may not agree with. Let’s hope they all follow through on that hopeful thought. Here in Woonsocket, our inauguration is tonight at the Stadium Theatre, and all are welcome to attend. Our prayers are with these fine men and women as they take on very important responsibilities. Politics can be a rough business, of course. It is especially tough at the national level where whomever is elected President of the U.S. finds themselves searching for people to assist them in running the government. Mr. Trump needs to hire hundreds of people, some personally. It is almost unavoidable that he will consider hiring people who originally wanted the job he will now have in a few weeks and you find yourself wondering, “Can I trust them?”

I think it is very important that an executive in any organization should be able to trust that their subordinates will work for them and not against them. If for no other reason than the fact that it is always messy to dismiss people who are in the public spotlight, with plenty of unintended consequences. Then, when you try to hire someone else, they’re wondering why you didn’t ask them in the first place. An executive often finds themselves needing to hire a worker and not finding anyone who is available that they wish to hire. It happens in both public and private business.

Just think about this for a moment. How many really good workers do you know? If they are engaged in careers, would they take a temporary job for four years and maybe a four year extension? Would they take that job with all the political baggage which comes with a high-profile government position? A lot of good people I know would politely say, “No, thank you, Mr. President-Elect”. And the president-to-be is left to search some more.

You’d think that there would be no end to the list of job seekers, and you’d probably be right. But the top-quality, highly talented and successful people you want to hire are in short supply. So you start looking at political people who fancied themselves president themselves. You hope you can trust them. But you never know, do you? Could you be hiring someone who will work to undermine your efforts? You could. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. President-Elect. It is very difficult to run for and win the presidency. It is far more difficult than that to BE the president.

--That’s what I think. What do you think? Comments to: dave@onworldwide.com or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332. Thanks for reading.


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