Closet Compulsion

I am a practicing heterosexual. I’ve been in the rest room of O’Hare Airport between flights and been propositioned by men. Of course, I’ve also been propositioned by men at the bars of some of the best restaurants in New York and San Francisco. As a woman friend advised me, “Gay men appreciate men. Take it as a compliment.” I have. Women are propositioned by men at bars quite regularly, I’m told, as well as in a variety of other …


The World of the All-Too-Narrow Consultant

I heard a priest speak in church today, standing in the aisle without notes, alternatively citing Thomas Aquinas, a court case of ten years ago, Einstein’s writings on the curvature of the universe, and the reasons to suspect that God just might exist. It was eight minutes of fascinating points underscored by examples, and several people remarked within my hearing that it was an excellent homily. (By the way, those are the elements of the perfect keynote speech, as well, …


Consulting Opportunities

We here at the Wellesley Hills Group – www.whillsgroup.com – are adding a senior marketing/business development manager person, and a mid-level marketer. Do you know anyone who meets these profiles? Senior Consultant: http://www.whillsgroup.com/pages/30277_senior_consultant.cfm – 8+ years of experience. Able to lead client engagements and teams for consulting, marketing and lead generation. Someone who would be credible with consulting, accounting, and law firm leadership. Senior Associate: http://www.whillsgroup.com/seniorassociate.cfm – 3+ years of experience. Hunger and desire to be the best at marketing. …


In A Rib Joint

Last night we had a compulsion for ribs, so we went to Smokey Bones, one of the best rib places around. Our waitress (if you are obsessed with political correctness, you may read waitperson or waitron or whatever waste of time you prefer here) had a great personality, was attired perfectly for the place (casually inelegant) and was clearly pregnant (see, you would have guessed it was “waitress” anyway). While she was describing the specials, a young girl ran up …


Abandoning Brilliance

Today’s Wall Street Journal excerpted a piece from Time Magazine that’s frightening: “How High-IQ Kids Are Neglected in School” details how U.S. schools spend $8 billion annually on educating mentally retarded students, but only about $800 million on high-achieving students. We spend one-tenth as much on our all-stars as we do on our poorest performers. What athletic team would do well in competition with that kind of training regimen? The problem is that organizational America does exactly the same. Training …


Why Would You Hire These Guys?

Iowa has recently ordered payment to stop for consultants A.T. Kearney after the state auditors found that Kearney was being paid more than the state saved in the project! And that was after the state kept lowering the success metrics to try to make it easier for Kearney. This is what happens when you send masses of people to justify billable hours and large fees. The large consulting firms are not driven by their services, or their markets, or even …


Strength and Cereal

I was staying at a Marriott where a client had placed me, in the middle of the country somewhere. The club floor was quite nice, and I was having some hors d’oeuvres and a drink when a fellow walked in obviously straight from the health club. He was about 40, had on shorts and a tee-shirt, had a towel draped around his neck, and he was obviously very much into body building. Aside from the inappropriateness of this half-dressed, sweaty …


Good Thing Those Transfats Are Gone

I was out on my errands today and realized it was lunch time and I was famished. However, it was teeming more than Noah could imagine, and I was dressed in raggedy shorts and a tee-shirt. Fine dining was out. I sought a drive-through, something with which I lack intimate familiarity. I found a Wendy’s out on a major road and joined the queue. I seemed to have the only vehicle without visible rust. Wendy’s, it seems, no longer sells …


The Dog Star: Taking A Sharp Right

(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) At the pool today, the dogs were fighting and playing as usual when Buddy suddenly ran onto the lawn between the pool and the pond. That is unusual, because Koufax can easily run him down in the open. Buddy was running for all he was worth but Koufax, resembling nothing …


Andy Warhol Rolls in His Grave

Here is just one verbatim excerpt from another PR “expert” apprising all of those on her mailing list (and anyone she can find—I never asked to be on her list and never heard of her before, so this is spam) that she can gain us wide exposure, for at least a few minutes. Have tragedy, will travel. But read the “expert’s” own language: “Want To Be Everywhere At All Times? This media placement is excellent in that numerous media outlets …