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I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite cynics, H.L. Mencken.  Since he died in 1956 most people haven’t heard much about him.  But for his time, he was a noted cynic and satirist.  He was the one who actually coined the phrase “monkey trial” from his coverage of the Scopes trial.  He did one of the first books talking about the difference between American and British English.  I know him best from his quotes.  Here are some of my favorites;

  • For every complex problem there is a solution, clear, simple and wrong.
  • A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin
  • A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
  • An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
  • Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
  • Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
  • It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
  • It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
  • It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
  • Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.
  • Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
  • Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
  • The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.

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Each year billions of dollars are wasted on employee recognition programs that do not work. In Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works  author Cindy Ventrice explains why and describes what employers and employees each expect from recognition, why most recognition efforts miss the mark, and what readers can do to give morale and productivity a genuine, lasting boost.

Make Their Day!  shows that effective recognition has more to do with integrating recognition into the daily routine of the workplace, and less to do with celebrating recognition as a separate “special event.” She outlines the key elements of effective recognition–praise, opportunity, respect, and thanks–and explains why good working relationships are at the core of all effective recognition. To read an excerpt…

This best-selling book provides a proven manager-driven approach to recognition. It is full of practical examples from successful companies around the country including: FedEx Freight, Microsoft, Immunex, Wells Fargo, Griffin Health, Xilinx, The Container Store, Graniterock, Athleta, Design Octaves, and Plante & Moran. See the list of featured companies.

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It seemed that everyone liked the first two Terry Tate videos.  Now Terry has to go through sensitivity training.

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When I saw this video, my first reaction is that it was a wonderful example of how an instructor can set the stage for learnng by dealing with people’s believe systems and preconceived notions in a very positive.  The instructor also really knows how to use statistics and graphics. 

 The message of the lecture isn’t as interesting as the teaching style.  Try looking at it from that standpoint.

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I see a lot of people liked the first Terry Tate Office Linebacker video.  In this next video, company policy dictates that Terry takes a vacation.

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If you haven’t see this video, it’s really funny.  Language is a little blue.  It’s part of a series of videos.

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