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George Washington’s Message to the Nation Applicable to the Corporate World

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The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead

Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions ‘for the general diffusion of knowledge’. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”

These are words from the farewell speech that George Washington, Father of the United States of America made on September 19, 1796. What he was essentially trying to say was that those who run the government and take decisions on behalf of the nation should be enlightened and well-educated to be able to take informed and visionary decisions.

The same is true of the corporate world. Organizations need to have, in Washington’s own words, “institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge”. These could be the brick and mortar institutions of yester years or the virtual institutions of the modern world which many leading corporates have already begun to nurture. They know that investing in the education and development of the employees ensures the development of the organization.

On his birthday, CommLab India remembers George Washington, an exemplary figure devoted to civic virtue and a symbol of the United States and republicanism in practice.

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