Ignorance and Measles

Of all things, we have a measles outbreak, and there are STILL parents who will not allow their children to be vaccinated. Here’s an item from today’s New York Times:   QUOTATION OF THE DAY “I said, ‘I’d rather you miss an entire semester than you get the shot.’” CRYSTAL McDONALD, whose daughter was sent home from school during a measles outbreak because she had not been vaccinated. Once rare, cases are now popping up rapidly. Can someone tell me why …


Deflated Balls and Inflated Egos

When I spoke at chapter meetings for professional speakers, and I was the most successful person in the room by a factor of 1,000, some people would say, “He’s really a consultant, you can’t judge your success against his.” When I spoke at consultants’ meetings with the same ratio, they would say, “He’s really a speaker, you can’t judge your success against his.”   This is how small minds react to excellence: find a way to discount it and pretend …


BOO!!

I live in Rhode Island, yet I was astonished to hear Denver fans booing Peyton Manning during the Bronco’s loss to the Colts yesterday. And now there should be a penalty for piling on, as the press salivates about Manning having to face retirement. At the outset of this season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was questioned in Green Bay (to which he replied famously, “relax”) and Tom Brady was supposed to be over the hill in New England, where they also …


N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E.

I’ve mentioned quite often that my respect for someone’s expertise is generally in inverse proportion to the amount of initials after their name, magnified by the obscureness factor. I know what an MBA means, but CRQ-FB8 leaves me seeking a drink. The worst cases of depression after losing a job I’ve encountered are those in which the individual identifies with his or her title, and not contribution. Take away the business card, you take away the identity. Take away the …


Thunderbird School of Business Goes Out of Business

The highly-touted Thunderbird School of Business was purchased by the University of Arizona because Thunderbird would have gone out of business (and has, as an independent entity). It had too much debt, not enough income, and was living, apparently, on repute and not results. Imagine sending your kid there and paying tuition? And are they going to keep the administrators and faculty, who evidently couldn’t find the business smarts to avoid or somehow deal with this? How many of those …


Ripped-Off in Omaha!

A woman in Omaha, Michaela Valentin, ordered a $1,600 electronic product, which was sent and received. A month of so later, the credit card processor tells me she refused payment and I have to send evidence. I do that, but learn subsequently that since I took longer than ten days to respond (I was traveling) her refusal to pay was automatically honored! Phone calls and email to Valentin are simply ignored. The program she ordered and kept for free? Self-Esteem! …


Konik’s Tail Vodka

I complained here about The Drink Shop in London completely unconcerned about my order for Konik’s Tail Vodka on its web site, because they couldn’t figure out from my address and email I live in the US. The owner of the Polish vodka company saw my blog, and evidently gave The Drink Shop hell. (“This is unacceptable. I’m trying to sell my vodka!”) Today, someone from The Drink Shop called and said my vodka was on the way. Hell hath …


Small Minds in Small Business: Dumb Ass Stupid Management

I walk into the local liquor store and ask a woman who’s obviously a manager or part owner to order a very expensive vodka and single malt scotch. I tasted Konik’s Tail Vodka at Scott’s in London and my local cigar club carries Dalmorie King Alexander, which I’ve inexplicably developed a taste for. I want them on hand for when the spirit moves me (pun intended). Well! I just about ruined her day. She couldn’t find the vodka on her …


The Commuting Conundrum

I’m sitting in my New York hotel catching up on email and writing with the TV on in the background at 8 am. Bear in mind that I am originally a New Yorker and I’m here very often. I know the place well and thrive here. Few things surprise me. The TV traffic reporter is noting matter-of-factly that the delays at the George Washington bridge are 30 minutes, the Holland Tunnel 20 minutes, and the Lincoln Tunnel 40 minutes. That …


Uh, oh….

Relative to my being stopped for indications of explosives in my luggage in London reported elsewhere here on my blog, a man was just detained in Florida because the machines detected explosives on his person. It turned out to be his cologne. I am not making this up, it was reported this morning on all the networks.