Anachronism (n) – a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
Wandering among the wonderful historical reproductions of Williamsburg VA this week I came across this carriage lamp. It stopped me in my tracks and brought a smile to my face. The beautiful simple colonial design contrasts abruptly with the CFL bulb. I am not being critical of the wonderful staff at Williamsburg. I applaud their use of eco-friendly lighting but the image conveyed is a bit jarring. (more…)
Last week I attended a presentation about managing different generations in the workforce. If I had one wish granted by the genie of business wishes, it would be that this generational nonsense just go away. It is based on what I consider very faulty logic that goes like this: as we grow up, significant events that occur during our early maturation years of adolescence influence our beliefs and values. I am okay with that, it makes sense. These early influences then determine our behavior in the workplace. Whoa, we need to stop there. I can certainly buy that someone growing up with the 911 tragedy playing out might have a sense of threat or uncertainty that an older person may not feel. But does that drive their behavior in the workplace? I do not see it.
These early newsletters were long, turgid and quite frankly, boring. It took me years to realize that with newsletters, like with art, less is indeed more. Over the years, I’ve cut down the length as well as frequency of my missives thanks to the feedback of my readers. I now am committed to publishing 6 per year, one every other month.