Are we there yet?

“The shortest distance between to points is always a straight line.” Do you know how many times I have listened to that statement from someone? Countless.
I am sitting in Boston and I hear some lady using it again, but this time I can’t handle. I have to butt into her conversation and get all Hah-vid sm-aht (Bostonian for Harvard intellectual) I then explain the difference between spherical geometry and Euclidean geometry and how they vastly differ from social geometry.
Let me break it down for my readers, all four of you.
Spherical is round and therefore the distance between two points can be measured as a straight line or from one point to another pretty easily. We can conclude that inches, feet, miles can be measured between two fixed points. Euclidean geometry is slightly more complex. The two points can be the same fixed spots on a sphere, but a sphere eliminates an actual straight line, and now one must calculate the arc of the sphere.
All of the equations and theorems can be eliminated from the conversation when the aforementioned phrase is used in regards to social or human geometry. The term was invented by Donald Black which uses models to explain variations in human behavior and the social life through a ladder of success and failures. The point that can not be explained is the option humans have to choose, which in theoretical mathematics can only be returned with logical conclusions. ( Lost yet? ) The law in this theory is “direction” and the most regularly chosen direction is downward. People as a whole make more negative causing decisions rather than positive causing decisions. Therefore forcing the straight line of dreams and aspirations to be constantly reviewed and adjusted.
So in conclusion the statement ” the shortest distance between two points is a straight line” is more of a happy thought rather than fact, unless your actually measuring on a globe, map or other fixed objects.Not with life!
The lady stared off into nowhere and walked away. Hopefully she was a little more enlightened, but regardless of that, she was affected by social geometry… And so are you. Choose upward.

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“I Must Break You!” -said Adversity

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The life lessons from a Rocky film are astounding. You remember the scene? Rocky is in Russia standing in the ring surrounded by thousands of screaming fans and cold faced national diplomats. The shadow of an over powered , over-roided, over hyped, over the top (another Stallone film reference) foe in the ring standing before him, Ivan Drago. “I Must Break You!” is all the Soviet says and blasts Rockies hands downward.

Rocky had to face the fact that he was to old for the sport he had grown to love. At the same time he was mourning a close friend and former boxing champions death, Apollo Creed. This extremely confident, highly publicized Soviet champion now declares his complete disgust not only for American boxing, but for America herself. What was rocky to do?

How often does this scenario play a role in our lives? What would you do?

You face mountains and extreme environments and rather than back down in fear you push on. You always take on these circumstances as preparation for the main event the real challenge. the Ivan Drago’s of life. Don’t you?

I have come to the conclusions that there are 3 simple steps to overcoming these Ivan “the Adversity” Drago’s in your life. And non of them include running back to mommy and daddy or quitting.( don’t be a puss)

Lets start with – Not wasting your time or consuming energy in the “Blame” game. Choose to recognize that things happen to everyone and most times there is nothing you can do about it. Look to the positive side and recognize the opportunity to grow and take it on the chin, so next time you can be more aware of the steps leading to such calamity.

Of course -you should never panic, because you perceive the adversity to be so overwhelming there is no way out. Keep moving forward and realize that crisis is a great way to show your inner strength and heart. (the Rocky Mentality)

Finally, the reality of it all is, adversity is short term. And everyone has someone to count on. Let a trusted ally mentor you. Even Rocky needed help.

I am going to watch that movie again, but I wont watch Judge Dredd

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Are You Prepared for This?

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Recently I made the rounds to college campuses visiting with students looking for a career that coincides with the recent degree they earned. I am most confident that higher education degrees do and will make a difference in your place of employment, but determination and aptitude will take you further. (different blog title)

Let me go thru a few Great and not so great things that I learned through my career events this year and in the past. Maybe you can agree or add a few to the list…Either way its my list and it may not even matter to you..

Great things to do at a career fair:

  • Research who you want to work with. I simply mean have a clear understanding of the job you want and look into the companies that will be at the event and determine they offer the type of job you want…
  • Have a name tag that tells the recruiter what your degree is in and when you graduate…
  • Dress for the CEO’s job.
  • “Take the Bull by the horns” basically, don’t walk around waiting on the recruiter to stop you. Introduce yourself and be excited that your there. If the line is crazy long go to the booth beside it, usually they put like industries in areas together. The chances are they have the same position you’re looking for.
  • Brush up on your manners…”hey Bro” “was sup” and introductions like these are not always the best way to get the ball rolling. I understand that you may want to show personality, so be funny, be yourself, be brief…but don’t be rude

Not so great thing to do at a career fair:

  • Don’t ask “how much does the position pay?” this information is learned in your research stage…
  • If your resume has a link on it, it better be active. avoid typos on your resume and be sure the contact information is correct.
  • Don’t over stay your time at the booth…have a few questions for the recruiter to answer, and then leave.
  • Most booths have “SWAG” for the students to take. You are not there for your kids, nieces nephews or even the lazy roommate. Take one or take what the recruiter offers, Please refrain from asking for another one or something else.

These things will BLOW UP your chances:

  • bad breath!!!!!
  • sweaty palms and handshakes!!!
  • cutting line to get swag only!!!

I bet you can think of a few more, I have seen a list like this in the past and started to write them down and realized it is not just me that notices. And yet students continue to make the same mistakes. I know that nerves can play a part in the process, but the more comfortable a student is with preparation these mistakes can be limited if not avoided.

I plan on speaking with Career resource centers in my local area and hopefully we can eliminate some of these together.

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New Years Resolution, Already quit.

I wanted to run everyday and eat better (again) I know the S.M.A.R.T rule for making goals… Apparently I don’t have any real “want to”.  This year I was determined to drop 30 pounds, and the fact is, I may still accomplish that, I  mean really its still freaking January. The problem with New Years Resolutions and me, is simple. I Hate trying to dictate an outcome that I desire with steps and process that I can’t stand.

This dilemma is also found in everyday routine and that’s why I struggle to get it done. I tend to be more innovative and acceptable of change when I don’t want to do something, that  something may  or may not be required to get a final result that I want.

Do you have the same problem? Don”t Lie!

Lets be honest here, it may be an awful practice or pointless step in the process, it may even seem idiotic or asinine, but we do it anyway. I don’t want to start some crazy uproar by saying “challenge everything” because that’s just as asinine. Instead try to work backwards from the goal and determine the steps required to get back to start,  and ask how can I do the same thing  in a different way? Sometimes you can make a change and other times you can’t, and that ok too. The end goal either needs to be a deep desire of yours or a “must have” from the standpoint of workload in order for the steps to matter. The bottom line is without these two reasons, you will never complete your task.

I do want to lose this beer gut, and I plan on looking good again ( that’s  relative to my circle of influence)  I know that running and dieting can make shed 30 pounds, but do I have to shed 30 pounds in 90 days or 12 months?  and If the time is longer I can stop a few bad eating habits and take the freaking stairs.

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Am Mayan trouble?

I am a firm believer in following through with what you say you’re gonna do, I expect others to do the same. I let some things slide passed me, like when my 8-year-old says he wants to play video games all day and night, not really a promise I want him to keep.

With the recent end of the world bonanza, it got me to thinking. (Rare) What have people said to me that I am expecting to happen or what can I let slide? I can consider the Mayans and how I reacted to the failed delivery of goods they promoted. I never made real preparations to the claim and didn’t consider the possibility of such an apocalyptic event to actually take place. So the Mayans never had a chance to get into trouble with me. This in turn made me look deeper into my own possibility of being the failure of delivering goods. Ouch! Sometimes self-reflection can be intimidating and painful. But useful for growth and change.

As a 29%er I have a real obligation to the stability of our profession in HR. Come through and follow through are vital to allowing our relevance in a 71% work force. I know that in NO way can I make a claim that the end of the world is near, but neither can I make bad choices to allow others to think I may not inevitably do what I said I would do. I can also reflect on what others may say they will do and weigh it based on the true possibility it can be done by them. On time, and correctly. What can I do to assist them in not failing to deliver. That’s what leaders do and it makes the team succeed.

I would hate to be called on the carpet and have to ask AM I IN TROUBLE?

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The Christmas Party Pooper

Another year almost in the bag, like most employees at the free booze Christmas party. I love these events, as an HR pro we get to see crazy mixed with alcohol. Yeah I said it “crazy” , you know I am right, you can admit it. Employees are crazy and HR knows it, and deep down inside they know it too.
Let me set the seen, its Friday night, the location has been scouted for months, reserved for weeks, the food is catered and the booze is served endlessly. Mainly because the drink tickets are handed out by the one person in HR who got to the party early and pounded a few real quick. Some people are dancing and the rumors are spreading about the drunk girl in development grinding on the VP of sales. Everybody in HR are waiting for the eccentric new hire to show up in the gothic Christmas outfit, and the camera guy from marketing is pissed he hasn’t eaten yet. (Pretty close to most parties wouldn’t you say)
The night is scurrying along and it seems to be another hit for the HR event planning committee. That is until Monday morning at 8:47am when the email finds it way to the HR manager, and then quickly forwarded to the entire HR team…yup! Your first complaint.

This is where I separate the 29% from the 71%.

The 71%says ” oh you know the music was a bit loud, and the DJ played a lot of rap music. I suppose next year we can move the speakers back from the tables and make the soft music last longer so everybody can enjoy the conversations they are having with each other. I think we can also bring the food court away from the door areas so it stays warmer longer, no one likes to eat cold food. And maybe we can offer valet parking, to avoid the long walk to our beautiful location.”

The 29% says ” shut the hell up with that crap. It’s a party, you didn’t pay for a thing and the DJ had a suggestion sheet for music. If it was too loud, move away from the dance floor. I am sorry your food was cold, stop freaking talking and eat your food while its hot. Seriously your bitching about the walking distance, this should have been the measurement of how much you should drink while at the party. If you could barely make it to the location sober, you should have known better than to get sloshed while at the party. Grow up and think like an adult before you write a childish complaint letter, next year stay home.”

Every party has a pooper that’s why we invited you party pooper, party pooper.

Tell me your party pooper story.

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