James D. Robertson
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@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich Ending a sentence with a preparation is one thing up with which I will not put!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Grammar Police: Twelve Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes
A curse on the Oxford comma - may the fleas of a thousand camels infest its armpits! The last book (only book) I wrote consists of 70,709 words. Of the 70,709 words; "and" appeared 2060 times; "that" 512 times; "more" 213 times. With a little imagination I was able eliminate all except a few. Next time you're (impersonal pronoun) working a new manuscript - pick a paragraph with a view toward removing those words even if you have to restructure the sentence. It is surprising how much smoother the read will be. Then if you have time call Oxford and suggest some new and novel idea as to the disposition of it's comma.
Ms Bell - Thank you for your kind words! I regret my tardiness in reply - BUT (always a butt - this time mine in a sling) - a couple of weeks ago I threw down the gauntlet in front of an errant SUV that took offense and promptly and efficiently made an attempt to run over my left leg almost succeeding. I got even by abandoning my attempt to establish a meaningful relationship with the stupid thing and had the paramedics transport me to the hospital where I now reside. And will reside for several more weeks. Given a little more time and I'll come forth with an offering more in keeping with your thoughtful musings! In the meantime have you had a chance look over the book I recommended a while back?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on CEOs: Team Leadership Training Starts at the Bottom
First and foremost: Prepare a PHYSCIAL organizational chart to be posted prominently on EVERY wall of EVERY person in the chain of command. The information contained thereon will be the specific duties of the people holding the position described in the box. No deviations! The chart is to be large, 500 point font if you must! Anywhere, anytime the project at hand is to be discussed - it will be discussed with that chart in sight. Physical copies will be carried to "away" meetings. Make it a rule no business will be conducted unless the chart is present, full size on the wall. This should materially keep the keep the non-profit on course bearing in mind "volunteers is as volunteers does."
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Cause-Related Marketing: When Doing Good Goes Bad
This guy either took a page from my book or I took a page from his - since I answer to four score and seven I will invoke my octogenarian-al privilege and claim he took a page from my book - go go go!!!!
7 months ago on Mad Men: Ad Agency of the Future
Is it too basic to "ask at the door"? We ask virtually every customer how they heard of us!
7 months ago on How to Measure PR: Use These Tools
@ginidietrich @jdrobertson Interesting (co-incidental) you say that! Just last week I was speaking to a group of young people in a civics class and had this , in part, to say:
is irrelevant to me how ridiculous or specious or insulting citizens may be in
their attempt to communicate with their elected officials or their
representatives – they are entitled by right of constituency. Conversely, the
targeted official does NOT enjoy that right. Nor does he have the right to
insult or belittle. His sole sworn obligation is to honestly and without
insulting the dignity of the inquisitor answer his concerns or outright solve
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Get Media Attention: Six Tips to Pitch Journalists on Your Own
@ginidietrich @jdrobertson I'm sorry it never occurred to me the offending word was/is obscene. I have always felt the reason profanity exists at all is because some people count themselves so superior the only way they can communicate is in language they feel rest of us can understand. Deliver me from that!
Your second point is near and dear to my heart but I think you might be a tad too christen when you say...criticizing without a solution isn't helpful.... My take: criticizing without a solution is just plain bitching and I don't want to hear it
@RebeccaTodd @jdrobertson I'm sure you meant caveat emptor -
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Inspiration Edition
@RebeccaTodd @jdrobertson Surely the joy of learning is truly a wondrous thing! Your line ... based on more information.... has already been plagiarized in my computer for use in my next paper. Yesterday, I thought I'd show off for a group of kids who were playing with a yo-yo. I ended up spending the next hour with them teaching me a couple of tricks I'd never seen before. I can fly a kite too. Better than those smart-aleck yo-yo sharks. So there!
@RebeccaTodd @jdrobertson Hah!!!! You are absolutely right in your observation once again offering proof-positive that blondes are getting a bad rap! However, may I point out: Those of us of the octogenarian persuasion (four score and seven) are protected by divine rite from ever being wrong about anything. We are protected from contradiction by church, clergy and congregation. And above all you young whippersnappers. Aside from that Ms. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
... the triumph of intellect and romance... Hah! Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill!!
@belllindsay @jdrobertson Ms. Lindsay - seeing your interest in leadership - may I recommend a book? You will truly enjoy - if you haven't already read it - Up the Organization, by Robert Townsend,1970. It is short and a fun read but hard hitting. It is the type of thing you'd keep on your desk.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The How-tos of Humility in Leadership
@TaraGeissinger Something to remember! You can supervise an employee only insomuch as he will allow it.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The How-tos of Humility in Leadership
@belllindsay @jdrobertson Thank you for your endorsement. When you ask...if the work world... Preparing people for eventual leadership... My question to you would be, WHY doesn't the work world prepare their people for leadership? I have been asked on occasion to present a leadership course to several churches and fraternal organizations where the attendees come on their own time. We usually pack the hall - it's surprising how many people attend. The shipyard where I worked had an education department where the employees could attend these courses at night. One guy in apparent exasperation suggested to me, "You sound just like my wife!" That gave me a great idea - I invited all the wives to attend the class with a promise of a certificate of completion signed by the plant manager.. It took a couple of sessions but we most of the wives showed up. Interestingly, these ladies knew a lot about the shipyard and had suggestions for improvement that were picked up by management and later implemented.
How easily the word rolls off the lips!
The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS)
District encompasses 163 schools, 90,000 students, 20,000 employees and a
budget of 1.3 billion dollars. We have had and continue to have a succession of
less than satisfactory superintendents.The
reason for this is simple: The board of Education who is responsible for the
selection hasn’t got a clue when it comes to defining leadership.They think they do – but they don’t. They
inevitably end up hiring some silver tongued devil with a great personality.
Wouldn’t you think a group of people who are about to confer a mantel of great
responsibility and a quarter million dollar salary should have at least a
rudimentary knowledge of what it is they are looking for?
Leadership is learned – there are a very
few “born” leaders! Even though the APS board of education advertises for and
talks about wanting an outstanding leader – they (board) separately or together
don’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about. Worse! They continue
to defend their choice and only make noises about getting rid of him/her around
election time. By that time, however, we vote them out and replace them with
another bunch of losers who will scream to the high heavens, “this time we will
find a “real” leader,” not, of course, knowing what a leader is!
is so important to the military formal classes in the subject begin in basic
training. The higher the rank the more intricate the courses become. A
prerequisite to certain superior rankings requires formal extended leadership
training in an academic environment.
in mind: A leader is not paid for what he does rather for what he can get
others to do.
must know himself.
must know his people.
must know his job.
assist him in this endeavor he must, at the absolute minimum, have a solid
background in such subjects as: (alphabetical order)
– both oral and aural.
Leadership is the life blood of any
company yet how many companies do you know actually ask prospective employees
about their leadership experience or for that matter offer on-going in- house
instruction in leadership?
@michaelsantoro @jdrobertson Believe it or not I use to teach a class on " How to Lie With Statistics.? When I see a bunch of charts and graphs or a powerpoint machine primed and ready to go - I get very nervous. (If you are not already familiar with it - I most sincerely recommend to you the book, How to Lie with Statistics by Darrel Huff. It is a fun read along with it's enlightening message). As for me - take me on the tour - let me speak with the principals. I hasten to add this is what I'd want - I offer no criticism of your approach.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on You’re Fired! How an Agency Survives a New CMO
Don't drown me in charts and graphs - I want to see boots on the ground! Take me out on the field and show me!
I have often wondered - do people I don't know or barely know feel they have to use profanity when speaking with me because they think it's the only thing I understand - that, in fact, it's all I'm capable of grasping! They certainly don't do much for my quality of life!!!!!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on How Online Bullying Affects Your Brain