The Dog Star: Buddy and the Button

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I take the dogs for coffee on the mornings when I don’t work out. Last week, the three of us were driving out to the main road when we encountered one of my neighbors with his labrador, Chloe, walking along his lawn. The lab cautiously watched Koufax, sitting in the …


Go, Beavers

I spoke last Tuesday morning for the Institute of Management Consultants’ chapter in Portland, Oregon. Oregon, where I’ve been several times, is a beautiful place with lovely people, but is somewhat, well, different. For one thing, everyone is fond of saying, “Go Beavers!” Incessantly. Unrelentingly. Every team, it seems, is nicknamed The Beavers (except those of which are “Ducks”) which, my being from New York originally, takes some getting used to. There are beaver representations everywhere. When I saw a …


The Perverse Magnetism of the Airline Business

As consultants, we should be observing the environment for best and worst practices, right? If you’re in this profession long enough, some ineluctable trends begin to emerge. We have to put the dead rat on the table (as my friends at Hewlett-Packard were fond of noting.) One such trend is that the U.S. airline business draws stupid management to its ranks with the ferocity of an energized electro-magnet in a junk yard. With only two exceptions—Herb Kelleher at Southwest Air, …


Ellicottville Journal

In fulfilling a speaking assignment, the limo took me on the hour trip to Boston’s Logan Airport; I waited an hour for my flight; I took the hour flight to Buffalo in a cramped jet made by elves in Canada; and I was taken another hour south from the airport to Ellicottville, New York. Ellicottville is “ski country” here, with chalets, lifts, and the whole nine yards. Unfortunately, I figuratively mean “nine yards,” since the highest hill has an 800-foot …


Hear Now, The News

There was a hew and cry from the morning talk shows today because a new reality show is based on an actual CBS affiliate using a female wrestler and glamour-puss as on on-air reporter. Apparently, this demeans the news profession and focuses on all the wrong criteria: looks, sexuality, novelty, reality TV. The problem, of course, is that the wrestler (who I would assess as moderately attractive and very fit) symbolizes the current reality of network and affiliate news operations. …


Consulting Opportunity

Experienced executive coaches (5 years or more) with graduate degree preferred, who currently do work with senior executives (VP and above), and who would like to be considered for inclusion as an external executive coach for a national hospital chain. Will require résumé, letters of reference, interview and a background check. Please direct all inquires to my email address at drjkentferraro@aol.com. Dr. Jay Kent-Ferraro


The Dog Star: Koufax and the Squirrels

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) My white German Shepherd Dog, Koufax (named after legendary Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax) is representative of the best in consulting. His companion, Buddy Beagle (just about every other Beagle is named “Buddy,” but it works) is the perfect acolyte. Koufax is our fourth dog, after a Siberian Husky, his son, …



In the Shadow of the Moon

I’m on the board of trustees of the Newport International Film Festival, which just began its tenth year. Our opening night film was a documentary about the Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon. It is one of the finest works I’ve seen in a long time. If you get the chance to see this when it opens nationally, I’d urge you to experience this unique work. It demonstrates what the factor Tom Wolfe called “The Right Stuff” really is, …


Amex Strikes Out Again

I’m a charter Amex Platinum Card owner, and the decline in its status and service as American Express includes more and more people is a situation to be avoided. Today, I attempted to send two gift cards for a hundred dollars each to people who did me favors. Since I know from past experience that the web site often freezes up, I called the customer service line. After a several minute wait, a woman proceeds to read me a script, …