If your think education is expensive,
try ignorance.

Derek Bok


Navigating The Storms


It is painfully obvious that our nation, once described as the "land of the free and the home of the brave" has become divided. A recent Gallop poll, for example,  reveals: "Forty-nine percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is 'poor' -- the highest percentage in Gallup's trend on this measure since its inception in 2002. Meanwhile, 37% of U.S. adults say moral values are 'only fair,' and 14% say they are 'excellent' or 'good.' Americans have always viewed the state of U.S. morals more negatively than positively. But these latest figures are the worst to date. In earlier polls on the measure, Americans were about as likely to rate the country's moral standing as only fair as they were to say it was poor. But in 10 of the past 12 annual polls since 2007, Americans have been decidedly more likely to rate it as poor."

Whether the cause of this moral decline is the result of systemic injustice, media bias, political correctness, a disparity in health care, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, or failing immigration policies and their seeming association with the long war on drugs, the depth of these problems and civil unrest now endangers not only the American Dream but the very lives of our citizens.

American Crossroad of Trust


America is in peril and the atrocities, which we have endured, have been an intentional attack on the fundamental trust that holds our civilization together. 

It has been an assault on people and on the solvency of an economic structure, and it is a disruption of the stability, freedom and protection a global community of trading nations provides. But in the wake of the destruction, it was our leaders, who had been entrusted to protect and serve, and American Business, sensing the benefit of a seemingly greater enemy, who took the opportunity to reveal the dubious business practices of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, and others, with confessions that they had been duplicitous in their duties.

And our biggest casualty in all these events was trust, the trust of our people, their trust in their personal safety and the country’s security, along with their trust in our leaders and the economy. Some would like us to believe that our real struggle is between rich and poor, or East and West or even between the primacy of a religion’s teachings. But it isn’t about rich and poor. It isn’t about East and West and it isn’t one religion versus another. It’s about stability, freedom and protection for everyone — it’s about trust.

Life Lessons - School of Hard Knocks


Lecturer and instructor for the Real-Life University,  Mr. Tom Fairbanks shares some of his insights learned attending the School of Hard Knocks...where the rubber really meets the road. It is in life's classroom that lessons are truly learned and indelibly imprinted, shaping one's character.

Tom loves people and thrives in seeing them succeed, provided their success is through honoring the Principles of Good Business. His humor and real-life experiences make him highly effective in teaching success strategies that have a long-lasting effect. When those key principles are not followed, people suffer. Rewards seldom have a lasting satisfaction when the principles of good business are violated. His insights will help everyone navigate the coming storms.

He's the author of two books: Navigating the Storms and American Crossroad of Trust. Tom has also written many articles, Op Eds and legal briefs.

His contrarian opinions strike a harmonious chord in all who openly hear him speak or read his works. He's knowledgeable and witty and very thought-provoking!


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