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WANT A JOB, ASSUME THESE POSITIONS

Posted by | Random/Rants, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Relying on several decades of experience interviewing job candidates, and as many years critiquing the process from the perspective of a public relations professional, here is a less obvious, somewhat random and hardly exhaustive list of considerations for drafting resumes and cover letters, and being interviewed. Throughout the application process, your goal is to provide compelling evidence of your potential…

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TAKE ARROGANCE/IGNORANCE TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS

Posted by | Humility, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

I’ve always believed that the combination of ignorance and arrogance makes the worst possible person and professionally, the worst possible boss. Still true. But I’ve come to realize that these two traits are actually more symbiotic – a reciprocal cause and effect. In other words, ignorance breeds arrogance and arrogance perpetuates ignorance. Arrogance is the result of thinking you know…

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DON’T BLINK, YOU’LL MISS THIS AGELESS METAPHOR

Posted by | Longevity, Random/Rants | 5 Comments

“Never use your blinker, that just tips them off,” experienced L.A. drivers exhort. Sad but very true as it is, this cultural dysfunction also suggests an explanatory metaphor for another age-old dynamic: the challenge to maintain our independence as we grow older. Like so. The desire to remain independent is close to the top of everyone’s concerns as we age….

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LONGEVITY IS A MOVING TARGET

Posted by | Longevity | 4 Comments

My moment of reflection over the obituary of a junior high school teacher of mine was cut short when I read “He died unexpectedly at 85.” I couldn’t help but ponder the incredulity of the phrase. Really … unexpectedly, at that ripe old age? Such hubris. Have we truly entered the new age of longevity? This level of confidence, almost…

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FOR THE 100TH TIME, AGE DOESN’T MATTER

Posted by | Longevity | 2 Comments

Age is more than a number. It’s an equation. Similar to Einstein’s theory of relativity, our perspective on aging depends upon where we stand in space and time. Data from this year’s 10th annual United Healthcare “100@100” survey confirms that the definition of “old” depends on who you ask. At least 60 percent of the centenarians surveyed said they do…

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IT’S THE GOLDEN AGE OF IRONY

Posted by | Culture, Longevity | 2 Comments

Growing older is confounded by misapprehensions, contradictions, ironies and age-inappropriateness. The sooner we can correct these bad attitudes and actions and get back to when longevity rules, the sooner we can slap a cease-and-desist order on manufacturers and marketers of “anti-aging” products. To get started, here are some topics for discussion and possible reconciliation: No one wants to grow old….

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DOES CAR WASHING SHOW CLASS?

Posted by | Philosophy | 5 Comments

Armed with a bucket, sponge, soap, hose and time. I washed my car today. Using as little water as possible. And watching out the entire time for the patrolling water police. Not that washing your car is a criminal act, as far as I know, but it felt like it. Then I waxed it. Hardly rocket science, but the process…

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KEEP THE MONKEY OFF YOUR BACK

Posted by | Culture, Philosophy, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

Slaving away in your executive suite, are you frustrated with not having time to join the hallway conversation about the finale of “Breaking Bad” and what will become of Jesse and Saul? Instead you’re thinking how much work there is to do, and why you’re the only one who’s busy, who cares. Breaking free of this frustrating predicament calls for…

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DON’T BE DUPED BY HOLLYWOOD’S DOPPELGANGERS

Posted by | Culture, Film & TV | 2 Comments

“Hey, isn’t that … oh crap, you know from that old show … damn, what’s his name … Alan Thicke?” “Nope,” your friend declares, and thinks, “Welcome to Hollywood, you rube.” There is a phenomenon that occurs with remarkable regularity when walking the streets of Hollywood (and to a lesser extent New York City.) You see celebrities – or at…

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WALKING THE TALK

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“Walk the talk.” Car dealers routinely feature this pitch in their repertoire. “I drive the same car.” So do sales reps for cable and wireless companies. “This is my provider; they’re much more reliable and faster.” Insurance agents, of course, always claim to have the same plan they’re selling. In fact, in almost all lines of business the personal endorsement…

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