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This post reminds me of what it was like growing up in Waterloo during the farm crisis of the 80's. We had every chance to evolve, but refused to, either out of arrogance or fear, because we felt the industrial sector would bounce back in the likes of John Deere, Chamberlain, and Rath. We were wrong. Waterloo didn't have a plan B or anything to prepare itself for the downturn. It took years for Waterloo to slowly pick itself up and move towards new diverse sources. Rath and Chamberlain are lone gone, but Deere is still around. But it's not the Deere our fathers and grandfathers remember. The sad part is that a large number still pine for those times again. It's a whole new different ball game out here and refusing to acknowledge that there are new rules and games, is simply refusing to move forward and preparing ourselves to segue into new industries and way of thinking.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2011 on Distributed Generation at Christian Renaud's Blog
As an non-entrepreneur, I can't speak as an "up-and-comer" or from the "old guard." From the outside, my perception is that there is a generation "business" gap. As a "cubicle grunt", I never believed in burning bridges with former employers and established professionals. Nor did I showed any arrogance and tried to be independent of "The Man." I have no idea what these employers are saying to others behind my back if I'm not bad mouthing them. If they are bad mouthing me, I can only hope that my actions and behavior towards people in public and private will trump their internal agendas. Sometimes, we have to either play or use "the game" to our advantage and to make nice, whether we want to or not. Either have a couple of offensive or defensive plays in your back pocket, or use your natural skills to play a position, whether it's a quarterback or a someone on a kickoff team. In some ways, I do see the old guard in trying to hold on to their power base, in regards to the evolving business culture. It is not a surprise that former workers in the the corporate world have a sense of distrust. If they are asked to offer ideas on how to make the company efficient and responsive to their customers/client needs, the company doesn't heed them, it get tossed in the trash can for more micromanaging and ideas that have failed over and over again. Reinventing ourselves is tougher for those like me, who are searching for the path that will ignite our passion and drive.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2011 on Des Moines at Christian Renaud's Blog
If they can work on legislating horse racing and boxing, Congress can spend 10 mins to pass a short resolution honoring Coach Paterno. All of this "we have more pressing issues" excuse is hollow and shameful.
"I think there's more parity this year"? Good grief, what a load of hot air! Bowl games for losing teams. (head shaking is disbelief).
After signing up for LinkedIn, I realized quickly that it felt "hollow" when I send an invite out to someone to connect with me. I started writing out short messages (LinkedIn limit you on how # characters you can type). If I met someone for the first time, I remind them my name and where we met. If it's someone I've known for a short time or longer, I'll say "it was nice to talk to you. I hope you have a great day!" or something close to that.
Somewhere, Al Bohl is sitting back, with a cigar and a brandy, laughing at KU for their latest mess under Perkins. And KU fans thought Perkins was a better upgrade as A.D..
Drew, as someone who has been on the other side receiving comments for the past four years, I can attest to the anonymous posters post childish and comments that are out of line. These individuals do not care about establishing a conversation. They are "hit-and-run" posters. They'll write something to denigrate you or write anything unrelated to the topic, and then disappear, without commenting again, for fear of being called out. Another part of this topic is with the newspapers on-line. When I receive a notification to review a comment to my blog, I will read it and if it's not suitable to post, I delete it. Only if the papers will do the same. What I hate more than anything is someone who posts a comment on the Register's website, and click on the "recommend" button to glorify their own comments, as if anyone agrees with it.
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I'm very selective about accepting a friend request on FB. If I don't know them, I'll send a personal message to whoever is a mutual friend between us to tell me more about this person and if I have met this person before. Recently, I received three request from folks I have never met. One of them wanted to friend me because I am big Swing Out Sister (musical group) fan and she's a fan as well. I have yet to do it. As far as those I have friend-ed and haven't heard a peep out of them, I'm stuck with them. I'll send a note to see what's going on. Besides that, if I don't hear from them, I ignore and move on to those who are active.
If he wants to beat Culver, why not take the risk and challenge him in the Democratic primary? He decided not to do that, hoping that he can siphon votes from both respective parties. Basically speaking, he wasn't going to take the risk, which is unlike him. Not many Iowans are keen to taking an Independent seriously historically, and Narcisse's run may continue that mindset with voters.
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