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What of loyalty?

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR BEST friends from high school? Do you remember what it was that made you best friends? I just got a call today from a guy who, but for a chance meeting on the streets of Manhattan eight years ago, I haven't seen since 1977. Daryl and I were so close growing up that we felt like brothers. What made it a particularly impressive relationship was that we grew up in a village on Long Island that was very racially tense, and he is black.

Our friendship made us rebels in our own way, I suppose, though we didn't think of ourselves as such. Even when the tension started running high and some of my other black friends became combative, Daryl and I never denounced one another; we never left one another's side.

What made us so loyal to one another? An affection for my father, for one, I suppose. Daryl loved my dad, and my dad loved Daryl.

But why all this talk of boyhood days and brotherly love? Daryl and I were able to share a respect for one another that transcended the more petty problems surrounding us. It's what was able to help us weather the drizzle that so many small-minded people tried to whip into a tempest.

Were we smarter than our peers? Or was it simply that we could see the benefits of developing our friendship despite an environment that supported derision instead of desegregation? Whatever it was, we were able to find and hold onto one another.

His phone call got me to thinking about how loyalty stems from respect, education, and personal development, despite a tumultuous climate.

In this month's cover story, contributing writer K.T. Anders echoes the same sentiment regarding how to find and hold onto valued employees. Starting on page 24, "How do you bait the hook" talks about how to start the employer-employee relationship the right way, and how to create an environment where each benefits the other. It's no secret that simply offering a paycheck is no longer draw enough.

And while we're on the topic of loyalty, I want to reconfirm CLTC's commitment to you. We've received a few emails recently questioning my decision to run the "Spotlight" interview we ran in the February 2001 issue. Several conversations with the subject of that interview had me convinced of his legitimacy as an interview candidate. E-mails to the contrary, however, have induced a further investigation, which we will present to you in full in our next issue.

Mark Zacharia

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Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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