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