Common Sense has “left the building”!

March 15, 2019

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Does one really need to have “common sense” not to throw trash on the road from the car?  What about a car tail-gaiting a motorcycle?  How about when I take my mother in law to the Gym at the hospital and every single time, I open and close the physiotherapy door on my own with no one helping an attendant pushing a wheel chair – not the nurses walking by nor the people sitting inside!?  Hey, how about spitting beetle nut on the side of the stairs? OR, the worst, urinating on the side of the road?

Do we really need to be taught common courtesies – isn’t it ingrained in humans since we are born?  NO.  Thinking back, I realize, what I take as common sense now wasn’t perceived so then.  I mean, why should I litter my own city?  Why should I break the signal?  Why spit on the stairs?

So, the solution is going back to basics- EDUCATION & UPBRINGING … schools & family!

Not only do our schools need to teach common sense to children, starting from NURSERY; but these values need to be reinforced by the family too.  If one is taught as a child that – – – he/she should not defile the environment; should open doors for elders; should assist a wheelchair person; should not interrupt conversations (I’m good at doing this!) – – – that will stick to them like glue for the rest of their life!

So, the new generation needs to be taught (and reinforced) COMMON SENSE in their daily dealings in life and with humans, animals & our environment.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to welcome back common sense then.

(Thanks to my wife for editing this post first)

What’s Your Weakness 🤔!?

March 8, 2019

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I am impatient, many times, and I do interrupt – especially when I try to finish someone else’s sentence (isn’t that annoying!) … not a good thing.   Short attention span!  What else … umm, let’s see … I tune off in a conversation!  When I can’t work further, I pack up and leave for home! … and I can go on and on.

However, when we’re interviewing candidates (and these are “Executive” level people), and my colleagues or I ask them about their weakness (and I still believe this is an important question … tell you why in a moment), answers range from –

  1. Oh, I can’t think of any off hand
  2. Honestly, I don’t have anything major
  3. Lies irritate me
  4. Impatient when the work isn’t done on time

(…and I can go on and on)

So, we’re human and does that makes us … perfect?  Errr, I don’t think so!

Don’t “lies” irritate or gall most of the 7 billion humans on Earth?

Generally, wouldn’t most people get irritated if the work assigned by them is not completed on time?

(On one skype interview, when I heard “I don’t have any”, I completely tuned off and that was the end of his candidature!)

I mean, these are not “weaknesses” per se, so why say it?  Why not be upfront and honest about your [personality] traits because [it] is going to be apparent to your bosses and peers within a week of joining!

If you have a short attention span or if you anger easily or if you like to do work yourself or you don’t delegate … why not say it honestly?  This is not a rhetorical question- I truly don’t know know why this happens (maybe it’s because I’ve always worked in the family business and never got on the job market)!

Why is this still an important question?  I believe it shows how communicable the candidate is – how open she is – how approachable she can be.  If she’s willing to share a character flaw, in my books, she’s worth taking on board because her open approach will benefit the team and her peers.  By mentioning your “weakness” one acknowledges we are human – and we are NEVER PERFECT.

Personally speaking, if your professional side is fine, I much prefer honesty up front rather than finding out a month later that you cannot take, say, criticism.

… as Commodus says in “Gladiator”, “It vexes me … I’m terribly vexed!

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WHO wants to be a … POLITICIAN !?

February 8, 2019

I think you, not only, need to have some “balls” (pardon my French please!) but you can’t get emotional.

Let’s see-

Definitely, you should be able to take & accept criticism.  You would need to accept changes to your “grandiose” ideas and possibly “idealistic” thinking, which may have brought you into this field in the first place.

You need to have a Rhino’s “hide”!  We mortals can’t be public representatives.

Your family life is absolutely exposed!  Your every action, words (and thoughts!) are at the mercy of the public – you can’t hide behind “having a private life”!  Oh no, sireee bob!

You should be able to manage people & meetings (boy, will you have plenty of those!) and be willing to accept conflicting viewpoints & opinions (naturally, the buck stops with you so you have to make the final call).

You will be in 24/7 crisis mode !

You should be able to hold your own in the face of the media, the public, your own colleagues – let alone the opposition.

What other qualities does one need to be a public representative?

I could never be a politician or a public representative… I’m too emotional.  Could you???

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