Daily Archives: April 9, 2019

Economy matters. Above all else? (PART ONE)

Economy matters. It absolutely does. And you may recall that the whole reason our economy is in the state it’s in right now is because of the antics of the last set of Conservatives. Their questionable integrity got them booted out of office and forced an “Orange Crush” vote in protest. That’s proof right there that integrity matters as much as economy.

That’s how I replied to an email from a friend of mine who was disappointed by my recent post about the upcoming Alberta election. He told me to “read the policies and reflect just a little on what the NDP has done to this province.” His final message to me was, “Economy matters.” Then he disconnected from me on LinkedIn. I guess I only get to be his friend if I agree with him on everything.

Economy matters. Above all else?

Economy matters. Above all else?

A lack of integrity can crash the economy.

You don’t only need to read Alberta’s archives from 2015 to understand how a lack of integrity can detrimentally affect the economy. Read today’s news.

Just ask TD Bank about the effect this CBC news story about disgruntled employees had on their stock performance: TD Bank shares post worst day since 2009 after CBC story.

That story was followed by yet another one about thousands more disgruntled employees who replied in solidarity: ‘We are all doing it’: Employees at Canada’s 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers.

That story was followed by similar complaints from employees in the telecom industry: Former Bell and Rogers employees reveal sales secrets submitted to public inquiry.

And that story was followed by a public inquiry which reported this just last month: Telecom customers face ‘unacceptable’ harm from misleading sales tactics, CRTC says.

Too bad the banking inquiry wasn’t as accurate as the telecom inquiry was: The FCAC’s handling of its bank review is grounds for a public inquiry into the regulator and Canada’s financial services. “It’s proof that the Department of Finance is complicit with the FCAC and is deceiving the public,” SIPA president Stan Buell told Go Public.

Ask all these companies what stories like these can do to their share prices. It isn’t pretty. And it affects us all.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

The opposite of integrity is dishonesty.

Economy matters. Above all else?

When those in leadership place economy ahead of integrity, that economy will only sustain itself for so long. Employees and the public will begin to see through the deception. They’ll start complaining. First in small numbers. Then those numbers will grow larger and larger until a domino effect takes place that not only slows current progress; it can cause a recession, even a complete market crash.

I’m going to a Jason Kenney rally in Calgary this week because I want to hear him speak. I’m still willing to listen to what he has to say. But his policies are not the only things I’m watching. I’m also watching his character—his level of integrity. I long for the Ralph Klein days again. I hope this is the guy. But we’ll see.

Related Reading: Wells Fargo account fraud scandal …Initial reports blamed individual Wells Fargo branch workers and managers for the problem, as well as sales incentives associated with selling multiple “solutions” or financial products. This blame was later shifted to a top-down pressure from higher-level management to open as many accounts as possible through cross-selling.

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Self-Editing Tools for Independent Authors

Self-editing will never completely replace the value of a professional human editor for your books. But these self-editing tools can help you clean up your blog.

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self-editing (Image by Anne Karakash from Pixabay.)

l recently came across an article written by Amanda Shofner, and further edited by the TWL Team, on The Write Life website. I take the advice regarding these editing tools seriously because of who is giving this advice:

During self-edits on my latest manuscript, I experimented with six editing tools, both free and paid, to determine which could be most beneficial to The Write Life’s audience. Besides being an author, I’m an editor, so I also weighed each tool against what I’d look for when editing.

…An automatic editing tool doesn’t replace a human editor. Because language rules and elements of a good story can be so flexible, human eyes will always be superior to the rigidity of automatic tools. (The Write Life, February 2019)

According to Amanda and the TWL team, each self-editing tool has its strengths and its weaknesses. None can be used for everything.

Self-Editing Tools for Spelling and Grammar

Not surprisingly, Grammarly is first on the list of self-editing tools. We’ve all been inundated with Grammarly advertising lately, so it’s a popular brand. You can download and start using a free version of this tool to help with self-editing your blog entries. Unfortunately, you can expect to be continually bombarded with even more ads if you do so. They won’t stop until you upgrade to a paid version. At the end of the day, The Write Life team recommends Grammarly for basic grammar and spell checking. I personally think you can get this same value from Microsoft Word … and without all the advertising interruptions.

The next recommended tool is called ProWritingAid. This also has a free version available (for a limited time) so you can try it out before buying it. It takes things a step further by helping you catch over-used words and repeated phrases.

After the Deadline is next in line. This grammar tool is completely free of charge, so it’s perfect for bloggers on a budget. That said, the team at TWL cautions “you get what you pay for” here. They recommend Grammarly above it.

Self-Editing Tools for Analyzing Readability

The Write Life team recommends AutoCrit as a great tool for fiction writers. They also speak highly about this paid tool’s ability to analyze and correct one’s common writing issues. More sophisticated than any of the earlier-mentioned tools, it can help in the developmental editing stage of a manuscript.

Next up is the Hemingway App. This free online app needs to be used in conjunction with other grammar and spell checking apps. Why? Because it doesn’t check those things. It appears to be similar to the Yoast: SEO for Everyone plug-in I recommended earlier in that it analyzes your writing to improve its readability.

Last, but not least, there’s WordRake. This one is a fairly pricey add-in for Microsoft Word or Outlook, and with good reason. You get what you pay for in life. And here’s what these editors have to say about this tool: “WordRake is a great tool for the copyediting stage. Verbose writers, authors wanting to cut down on editing costs or editors looking to speed up their editing process will most benefit from WordRake.” It sure sounds worth the investment!

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