Archive for June, 2011

June 17, 2011

From the “Are You Certain?” File

There’s a new study out, the results of which were reported in this article on Time Magazine’s website time.com. It seems that researchers in Australia have concluded that if you’re on an airplane and another passenger has the flu, the closer you sit to that person, the greater the chances of you catching the flu.

And I’m presuming these guys were paid to perform this study … Have a great weekend!

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June 14, 2011

Burnt Bridges Harder to Fix

Even superstars can’t get away with burning their bridges — ask LeBron James of the NBA’s Miami Heat. Still dealing with the fallout of losing to the Dallas Mavericks in this year’s NBA championship, James had to do some damage control on something he said was quoted out of context. But championship win or lose, he probably wouldn’t have to be dealing with this if it weren’t for the bridge he burned with his previous team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I’m much more an observer than I am a fan of the sport, but to me, LeBron’s announcement last summer about “taking his talents” to Miami is what burned his bridge. Apparently this announcement came without even the Cavaliers’ owner knowing in advance of his decision. Lots of fans think James burned his bridges by leaving Cleveland, but that’s not a fair position to take, since he, and any other NBA player, should be free to play wherever he’d like to.

It’s the manner in which James departed Cleveland that blew up the bridge and mobilized armies of LeBron-haters across the country. And even his superstar status couldn’t bridge that gap. So if you’re a superstar in your own right at a company, and are thinking of taking your talents elsewhere, be sure you handle your announcement the right way, and not LeBron’s way.

June 7, 2011

Bringing Mom to Your Job Interview?

It’s the end of another academic school year. During this time I seem to get more questions from my college student audience, and from readers of my last book “Dive Into ACTION! For Recent Graduates – Don’t Be A Part of the Pack, Be Apart From the Pack”. The economy is stuttering, jobs may have hit a hiccup, and another crop of graduates is in the market looking for jobs.

In the midst of all this, I came across an article discussing “helicopter parents” who get too involved with their kids’ job hunts. I had to shake my head, but you decide after reading this article from Fortune on the CNN Money site.

College grads, when you look for jobs, be sure to leave Mom or Dad at home!