Monthly Archives: August 2010

Why You Do These Things?

Cookie, Anyone

A very long time ago, I had a teacher who taught a class I didn’t find particularly challenging. Like most lads of 11 or 12, I found other, generally disruptive ways to amuse myself (and often my classmates) in lieu of the lesson being taught. As an aside, once I became a teacher several years later, I didn’t find it all that amusing when some of my charges did similar things.
Inevitably, she would reel me back to Earth and ask me in a phrase that the whole class came to know and love “Keith, why you do these things?” No, English was not her first language but it was a language class anyway so not much English was spoken. I bring this up because I find myself asking the same question about something this morning and maybe you can help me answer. Continue reading

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Changing The Format

A golf ball.

I’m playing this weekend in our club’s Member/Member tournament. No, it’s not televised or even streamed – sorry. But it does provide a business thought I want to share with you. To get there, I’m going to take a few words and explain the format but stay with me – hopefully it’s worth the golf stuff.
You play with one other member as your partner over the course of 3 rounds. Each of the rounds is a different type of competition. The first is a scramble (you each hit and pick the best shot to play next then you both hit from there); the second is a best-ball (you each play your own ball and the low score counts on each hole); the final round is alternate shot (the team only plays one ball and the players alternate shots. One guys tees off on the odd numbered holes; the other on the evens).  Got it?  So what’s the business thinking? Continue reading

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Grow Up

I’m not sure if you read this article from yesterday’s New York Times. Very enlightening. It speaks of parents who take their kids to college and then stick around, sometimes for days. As someone who has been through this process – twice – I can tell you that it’s awful. Leaving the person you’ve protected since birth hundreds of miles away with strangers is a frightening, difficult event. I still refer to the first time as one of the worst days of my life and the second time was a little easier only because the school is only 90 minutes away (and I can do it in 60 if I don’t mind a couple of tickets). So why should you care? Because it affects you if you hire any young people. Continue reading

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