Monthly Archives: May 2010

Wake up, dude…

I love this article from NPR. In brief, it talks about, and demonstrates, how new college grads are totally unprepared for the realities of what’s facing them as they enter the work world. I realize it was 33 years ago, but honestly, I don’t recall ever feeling this way nor being this naive. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t.
It’s not much to write about as we get to this holiday weekend, but it’s kind of fun. In fact, this kind of sums it up:

“Once I get closer to graduation,” Fogel says, “I would probably be more interested in professionalism, because then I’d be more likely to find a job.”

You know, you’d be shocked how many people my age are thinking exactly the same thing.  Let’s take some time off, rest up, and think about this:

Polk says researchers pointed to one area where recent graduates stand out: “There’s a sense of entitlement that we’ve picked up on, where people think they’re entitled to become, let’s say, president of the company within the next two years; they’re entitled to five weeks of vacation.”

Maybe we can all come back a little more rounded and focused on reality.  There’s a reason why they call it work!

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Principles Before Profit

I did a little catching up on my reading a while back and I ripped out an article from Business Week that I thought raised an interesting question. The subject is sort of dry on the surface – “benefit corporations” – but the discussion is definitely one worth having and I’d love to hear what you all think. Continue reading

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Over Your Shoulder

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige is an often quoted baseball player. In fact, much of what he said dwarfs his sizable achievements on the diamond. One of my favorite quotes is his: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” and I thought of that this morning when I read a release on a new TvB study. Continue reading

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Guessing = Messing

Question mark

I read two things this morning while, while superficially unrelated, raised the same issue in my warped mind. I’ll share them with you and would love to hear what you think.
The first piece comes courtesy of the 2010 Omniture Online Analytics Benchmark Survey and the second via comScore figures released by the Newspaper National Network and reported by Media Post. Continue reading

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Handicapped Parking

Taiwanese Guide Signs G49: Handicapped Parking...

Over the weekend I was reminded of one of my pet peeves. We were at the supermarket and as we were walking to the store a huge SUV pulls into the handicapped spot near the door. The 30-ish woman driving reached into the glove box and pulled out a handicapped tag which she hung on the mirror. The passenger, a man in his late 50’s-early 60’s hopped out of the door and walked briskly to the store. WTF? Continue reading

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Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken

It’s Friday so let’s talk about chickens or, more specifically, about roasting chickens. I don’t mean the classification of the bird: I mean how one prepares it.  What the heck can we learn about business from roasting a chicken?  Lots! Continue reading

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Going Rogue

Title card for 24 (TV series)

I’m a big fan of “24” and I”m kind of sad it’s going off the air after Jack is done wiping out the latest threat.  It’s interesting to me how over the years both the left and the right have seen Jack as a personification for the other side when in reality he’s kind of right down the middle – a guy who is trying to do what he believes is important to get a job done.  The ends justify the means in his mind, even if those means involve torture, violating constitutional rights, etc.

But we’re not here to have a political discussion of 24 although it will be a great college course some day.  Instead, I want to talk about what’s happening to Jack now – he’s lost his compass in my mind – as he kidnaps presidents and goes off the national security reservation in the interest of THE TRUTH coming out. Continue reading

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