Anyone ever hear of a guy called Ghandi? Even without a hashtag he might be on to something with this one: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s interesting to me how someone perceived as passive can actually be pretty confrontational in that this is a direct call-out to everyone who… Read more »
Posts By Paul Grugin
What qualifies anyone to dialogue as a subject matter expert on political correctness? What exactly does political correctness mean in the context of a United States government employee’s concerns? Should political correctness be a factor in public anything? These are all tough, complex questions. And while it may be incredibly ambitious to tackle them, this… Read more »
Today is going to suck. Barring any pre-existing condition like depression, a pending court appearance or surgery, the overwhelming majority of human beings do not wake up with apathy or negativity as their first thought of the day. Most of us… regardless of socio-economic background, heritage or any other demographical category… most of us start… Read more »
Whether or not you have kids, we all were one at some point in our lives. We all learned to crawl-walk-run (literally and/or figuratively) throughout life. Chances are along the way it involved watching another. Learning from them probably involved accepting their assistance as well. The point being, at some point in our lives we… Read more »
Everyone gets thirsty. It’s easy to see thirsty folks heading to the water cooler for refreshment, be it in the traditional form, a coffee station, or by proxy via vending machines. Everyone gets bored, too.
Home security and personal security are subjects everyone can relate to, and safely assumed to share the same level of importance to most people. While we might not conscientiously put thought into foiling a burglary or assault, we do in fact take steps to enable successful prevention of crime…we take steps to protect ourselves. As… Read more »
Perhaps the most popular example of average Americans resisting authority came during the Prohibition Era of 1920-1933. Putting aside the imagery of movies like The Untouchables, moonshine & home breweries took on bigger, albeit clandestine, role in American innovation. Also of note during prohibition, production of sacramental wine for churches rose by hundreds of thousands… Read more »
Also no surprise, the business community, whether private sector or government-based, tends to focus on the knowledge, skills and abilities related to job performance or career development. But rare is the job advertisement that warns: Successful applicants should be prepared to remain seated for biologically unnatural periods of time.
Gary Sinise in Forrest Gump. Tom Cruise in Born On The 4th of July. Two great American actors in two powerful films with incredible imagery. It’s not Hollywood’s fault that our society is so dialed in to their productions, but the reality is many Americans’ mental image of a Veteran is skewed by these memorable… Read more »
Ever been in a new place of employment? Struggled to grasp the logic in new processes or in understanding why folks do things the way they do? You are not alone, I assure you…What has worked for me over the years to varying degrees is shifting the dialogue away from “new guy” and onto “new… Read more »