What exactly is critical thinking, Big Red Car?
Big Red Car here on a crisp Monday. Been gone to Savannah and New York City for my annual pilgrimage to celebrate somebody’s birthday, to see the Broadway shows, to eat decadent food, and to watch the NYC Veterans Day Parade. Missions accomplished.
On the plane back, I got to thinking about the issue of critical thinking. Somebody whose opinion I respect said that much of what is going on today is driven by a failure to think critically, accelerated by an intellectual laziness to simply follow one’s emotions.
Career, what career, Big Red Car?
Big Red Car here in the ATX on a gloomy, wet day. Ahh, it is still good, y’all. Will be 80F by afternoon and maybe, just maybe, the sun will burn through.
Today, in our new gig economy, it is almost impossible to get the word “career” out of one’s mouth and not have it drown in your smile. Companies don’t provide career opportunities; and, companies in or around the tech space, the startup ecosystem, make no bones about it. They are all headed to the pay window and one can only hope to have a few stock options with which to enjoy the trip and then find another gig on the flip side.
But, in spite of this, YOU still need to take care of YOU.
That’s what we are going to talk about today — you managing your career in the day of the gig economy.
Exit interview, y’all?
Hello, dear readers. It is 66F here in Austin By God Texas. It is clear, crisp, and lovely. It is sweater weather.
So, the last couple of posts we have discussed how to fire and layoff employees.
When you part company with an employee, a useful exercise is conducting an exit interview. An exit interview may provide a soon-to-be-former employee an opportunity to harness their candor and tell you some things they might not if they were dependent upon you for their next paycheck.
The question is how to conduct the exit interview?
Leadership changes can effect policy which can alter outcomes. Leadership changes are critical to outcomes.
Big Red Car here on a glorious Texas, Austin By God Texas, day. Ahh, on Earth as it is in Texas!
One of the easiest ways to change outcomes is to change leadership. I say this in the context of business leadership (startups, in particular), but the example I will use has to do with the Middle East and ISIS. Hello, America!
If you have been following the unending war in Iraq and Syria, you will note several interesting things.
ISIS is kaput and it is only a matter of time before its leadership is dead, and its footprints disappear.
Let’s explore how this happened.
The Big Red Car shares insights on manliness in the age of Harvey Weinstein. Be a man. Man up.
Big Red Car here on a perfect, sunny Texas day. On Earth as it is in Texas.
The recent Harvey Weinstein imbroglio has the Big Red Car wondering if the Nation is still producing MEN. Not, “men.” MEN.
Guys like our fathers, who won World War II by kicking the crap out of the Nazis and the Japs and made the world safe. Guys like George (NMI) Washington, who founded the country, beat the Brits (most proficient army and navy of their times), and generally showed the world how the cow was going to eat the cabbage at this democracy stuff.
Maybe we’ve just forgotten what it means to be a man and need some remedial instruction.
So, here goes.
Principles, Big Red Car? How about a Texas v Oklahoma prediction instead?
Big Red Car here on a cloudy Saturday waiting for the Texas v Oklahoma football game to start. We light it up at 2:30 PM Texas time.
I used to go to the game in Dallas for about a third of a century. Then #1 son took his show on the road and I stopped going. Sigh.
Now, I am going to watch it on the telly. But, I can get snacks all the time. Unlimited beef jerky, the thick kind. Also, Orangina. Lots of orangina.
So, today we talk about the way a CEO guides their company to the Promised Land. The Promised Land is a self-defined concept, but it is whatever you want it to be.
We talked about the difference between firings and layoffs last week.
Layoffs are never fun. Here’s how to think about and do it.
So, it is gorgeous in the ATX — high 0f 78F, currently sunny and 67F. On Earth as it is in Texas! A day to eat outside.
So, we spoke earlier about firing folks for cause, remember?
Today, we follow up on that by talking about layoffs. Layoffs are “not for cause” terminations, while firing people is “for cause.” Know the distinction. Either way, it is a hard day at Slippery Rock when you have to fire or layoff folks.
Firing people and laying folks off is a hard day. Here are some thoughts on how to do it.
Big Red Car here on a cloudy, but soon to be sunny, day in the ATX, God’s country. On Earth as it is in Texas! Muggy today.
So, a CEO has a series of things she struggles with. We talked about that right here:
One of those things is terminating employment either by firing someone (for cause) or laying someone off (not for cause).
They are both difficult to do. Here’s some thoughts on the subject.
Everybody needs a good critique, right? Ahhh, criticism is the breakfast of champions, no?
Big Red Car here on a cloudy Texas day. Only going to be in the low 80s today. Time to start thinking about the swimming pool, eh? Haha, Hell no. Swimming today, y’all.
So when you’re a CEO you will receive and give critiques. Makes sense, no? Performance appraisal — feedback — is the breakfast of champions.
Today, I want to get your mind right about how to receive this when it is you being critiqued. Ready?