As the U.S. government shutdown enters its fifth week, American business leaders are calling for balanced, intellectual, and respectful discussions that address the important issues facing our country – among them are Bahram Akradi the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Life Time, Inc. In an open letter to all Americans, Akradi makes a case for unity, not division.
I regularly think about the influence of leadership on the well-being of individuals, societies, the environment, and our planet. Whether in our communities, businesses, or even our homes, each of us plays a critical role in uniting people around causes that contribute to a healthier, more productive world.
This is equally important for those in public service. After all, our elected officials are supposed to lead and unite us. Let’s make it clear to our leaders in public service that we expect them to act in this fashion. Please join me in asking all of our elected officials — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, including our President, Senators, Representatives, Governors, and Mayors — to focus on what is best for our citizens and our country.
Instead of constantly resorting to attacks and counterattacks, let’s ask our elected officials to engage in productive and respectful debates so they can prevail with the best approaches that move our nation forward. Only these types of debates, broadcast to all Americans, will accurately inform and empower each individual to form his or her own conclusions.
Instead of dividing us, let’s ask our elected officials — and the media — to unite us and to do so with the mutual care and respect we would be proud to teach our children.
I hope fellow business and community leaders also will join me in asking all politicians and the media to halt the ongoing blame game and, instead, focus on balanced, intellectual, and respectful discussions that address the important issues facing our country.
We need to be the United States of America, not the Divided States of America. Only as a united nation will we solve the real problems we face right here at home, while positively influencing the world around us.
To all elected officials and media, I ask that you commit to lead our nation with the common goal of unity and alignment. Please focus on doing what is right for our country, as leadership is a responsibility, not a privilege . . . and now, that responsibility is to unite America.
For the rest of us, we each have the power to let our elected officials know how we feel, what we expect, and our desire to be united, not divided.
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Bahram Akradi founded Life Time®, a privately held operator of large, resort-like healthy living, healthy aging, healthy entertainment destinations, programs and services, in 1992. With the mission to provide an entertaining, educational, friendly and inviting, functional and innovative experience that meets the health and fitness needs of the entire family, Akradi and Life Time have since been credited with transforming the health and fitness industry. Today, with operations in 35 major markets across 27 states and Canada, Akradi is applying his more than 30 years of experience in healthy way of life initiatives to the extension of the Life Time brand. Akradi began his career at Nautilus Fitness Center while attending the University of Colorado and completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Life Time is headquartered in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This article originally appears here.
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