“Pencil-whip. Verb. (third-person singular simple present pencil whips, present participle pencil whipping, simple past and past participle pencil whipped) (idiomatic) To approve a document without actually knowing or reviewing what it is that is being approved.” Typically, pencil whipping is as the definition above from yourdictionary.com implies. It is signing documents without really knowing what is being signed. … Continue reading Pencil-whipped
I recently consulted with a job-seeker somewhere in-between a career change and a life change. Her former career having been less than kind, resulted in a bit of time off while she cleared her head. Fast-forward three years and she was ready to return to the field for which she was well trained, qualified and … Continue reading Bait and Switch
There’s an old saying – at least I hope it’s still a saying, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression.’ It’s the premise, albeit somewhat misguided perhaps, behind the retail greeter. “Welcome to Wally-World, thank you for coming.” It’s also behind the root principal of consistency in service and hospitality. If a … Continue reading First Impressions: No Substitutions
My travels bring me in to a wide variety of settings across a range of industries. I may be photographing an event, portrait or party one day, then a product line the next. I can also find myself analyzing processes within a small business or large-scale enterprise. I’ve recently been spending some time on a construction … Continue reading Are You Putting Best Practices To Work In Your Business?
I was wrong. Or was I? For months I’ve been dismissing the negative impacts of Amazon on the economy. Perhaps I’ve got a soft spot for a success story. After all, who really took the company seriously when it launched as an online bookseller? Now look at ‘em. Amazon has done incredible things! Sure there’s … Continue reading Just say Ahhh-mazon…
I’ve long been an fan of infomercials and television advertising – or as I prefer to describe it, “a student of the pitch.’ I’m not crazy mind you, I do prefer commercial free broadcasts, have time-shifted since the age of the VCR and have been known to pause a DVR long enough to get ahead … Continue reading Free, free, free.
Did you blink and miss it? Well, the concept of backing “American-made” has of course been around a while – and it will make the rounds again, for sure – with or without the White House. July 16 through 22, by proclamation of POTUS 45, was the first Made in America Week and the … Continue reading Made in America ‘Weak’
“You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best” That’s one of my favorite pizza box slogans. Another, I’m sure I’ve seen is “If you love our pizza, tell a friend. If not, tell us.” Mr. Cynical side has always interpreted that latter suggestion as ‘tell us and it will die with us,’ but my inner … Continue reading B-B-Bad Reputation?
I’m taking a moment on this International Workers Day to send up a flare. I’m sending out an S. O. S. -- We need help! Mayday! The May 1st announcement that the Trump Administration would discontinue an education initiative focused on young women and girls in developing nations, “Let Girls Learn,” was yet another ‘last … Continue reading . . . – – – . . . Sending out an S.O.S.
On #consciouscapitalism with a nod to #benandjerry, and believers in #grassroots movements everywhere