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Brett Favre, One More Time

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I’ve tried to draw some employment lessons this year from the goings on surrounding the fabled and large-headed NFL quarterback, Brett Favre. (Click here and here.) In summary, Favre taught bad lessons to employees, and the Green Packers taught good lessons to employers.

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Last of Many Employment Lessons from the World of Politics in 2008

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I’ve drawn many employment lessons from this year’s remarkable political events — at least, I’ve tried to. It’s appropriate to end 2008 with one more.

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Can You Fire An Employee Because You Just Don’t Get Along?

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Yep. Most of the time. Sometimes, it’s called insubordination if you disagree with the boss too often. Sometimes, it’s called failure to meet expectations if you’re not doing what the boss tells you to do. The end result is the same. You’re fired.

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Eliot and Chesterton on the New Year

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I couldn’t decide between two New Year’s quotes that I thought particularly appropriate for transitioning from 2008 to 2009. So, let’s go with both.

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The Recession of ’08 Becomes the What of ’09?

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It’s been a tough year. After wondering whether the country was in a recession for months, we finally had to admit it somewhat late in the year. Now what about ’09?

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The Christmas Wars: Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

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Just when it seemed “The Christmas Wars” were cooling, a religious discrimination complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stoked the fiery chasm separating the politically correct from the Christian faithful. Simply put, which is it: ”Happy Holidays” or ”Merry Christmas”?

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What We’ve Come To?

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Out With the Old?

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In a previous post, I focused on Merrill Lynch as the poster child for today’s financial debacle. In a recent article, the New York Times also takes aim in the context of the financial industry’s struggle with what to do with bonuses in 2009.

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What Employees Want — Tip of the Week

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I’ll confess that I’ve relied heavily on Execupundit for my “Tip of the Week” lately, but it’s been hard for me to come up with something better. This tip from Execupundit is particularly good, giving all of us something to think about for the coming year.


Corporate BS

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Here’s the Corporate BS from December 21-31, so this takes you through the end of the year.

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I Go to Work — HR Song of the Week

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Let’s try a rap work song this week. Perhaps some might call this pre-historic rap, since “I Go to Work” was done by Kool Moe Dee in 1988.

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This Is How You Survive Work?

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Check out this YouTube clip for advice on getting by at work. It’s not necessarily good advice.


Happy Holidays!

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After a year like this one, perhaps more than ever we need to take a look at Virginia O’Hanlon’s question about Santa Claus and the response of the New York Sun’s editorial page in the late 19th century. (more…)


Longing for the Good Old Days

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A lot of us have had this longing for a while this year. We know that the good old days (whatever that phrase may mean) are gone, and if we’re honest, we know that we bear some responsibility for their departure. Honesty would also require us to admit that we only long for some of the good old days.

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Dirksen on Billions

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The late and unforgettable Everett Dirksen had a way with words during his lengthy service in the U.S. Senate. One of his well-known quotes is perfect for today’s craziness.

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