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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/28/16 edition

May 28, 2016

Can we all agree, The President was right to visit Hiroshima?

Can we all agree, that despite the GOP’s attempts at doom and gloom, the economy seems to be recovering pretty well?

Can we all agree all those young people living at home may not be a function of the economy? Maybe they just want to be home.

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

Can we all agree it’s just thrilling to know Donald Trump has officially won enough delegates to be the Republican nominee for President?

Can we all agree that Marco Rubio apparently thinks Mr. Trump will help him in his next career?

Can we all agree no matter how many dumb policy statements he utters, missteps he makes, or politicians in his own party he attacks no-one seems to have handle on what Donald Trump would actually be able to do as President?

Can we all agree that his latest statements on the California drought should automatically disqualify him from the race?

Can we all agree, despite the qualifiers, Hilary Clinton’s email server may be causing her problems on inauguration day in January?

Can we all agree if Bernie Sanders and Hillary are neck and neck in California this week, he will probably pull ahead over the next  10 days?

Can we all agree that selling arms to Viet Nam is a policy shift many Baby Boomers, who fought in that country, never thought they would see?

Can we all agree President Obama probably wanted Texas and 10 other states to sue him over the LGBT bathroom rules, so  it will keep the issue in the news through the elections?

Can we all agree, the Republicans have no idea how to deal with the LGBT issue and now it has led them to defeat their own spending bill?

Can we all agree that new findings suggest we may be dealing with a major health problem in the years ahead, unless manufacturers figure out a better way to protect us from our cell phones?

Can we all agree the medical news about antibiotic resistant bacteria was predicted years ago?

Can we all agree, California’s so-called bullet train between LA and San Francisco looks more and more unlikely to be completed?

Can we all agree it’s very sad to see the potential end of the Persian rug business?

Can we all agree, at least one new Harvard grad, already has number of job offers, after this speech at graduation?

Can we all agree, despite assurances, we’d all be a bit hesitant to try the latest Whole Foods delicacy being sold in Florida?

Can we all agree that, if it stabilizes the world economy, $50/barrel oil may not be so bad in the long run?

Can we all agree, the problems at Baylor University, probably go even deeper than what’s been made public?

Can we all agree the Obama’s new home in Washington DC may be a step up from the White House, except for the level of service?

Can we all agree this could be the most heartbreaking story of the week?

Can we all agree that Louisiana’s new “Blue Lives Matter” legislation is totally unnecessary?

Can we all agree we’re not surprised that North Korea may have been behind the digital theft at world banks?

Can we all agree, equating veterans waiting for medical care to waiting in line at Disneyland, is just unforgivable?

Can we all agree linking the obesity epidemic to the drop in smoking levels is absurd on its face?

Can we all agree the NFL has once again shown itself to be incapable of facing the truth about concussions?

Can we all agree the TSA might be the worst run federal agency in the United States?

Can we all agree Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has become the face of Silicon Valley excess?

Can we all agree that voting in Austria is a warning to us about Donald Trump?

Can we all agree  Trump’s tax returns must be quite embarrassing if he still won’t release them despite pressure from his own party?

And finally:

Can we all agree, one way to get rid of accidents may not be to  simply stop using the word?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/21/16 edition

May 21, 2016

Can we all agree Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech at the University of California should be a must read for all new graduates?

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to Cal graduates. (SF Chronicle Photo)

Can we all agree that only Donald Trump could make a plane crash a political event?

Can we all agree Donald Trump didn’t really have to say anything to win over the NRA, but that didn’t stop him?

Can we all agree that 5 months before the election and two months before the party conventions, is way too early to predict who has been damaged more by the primary campaigns?

Can we all agree that Bernie Sanders is sounding a lot like Donald Trump, after his supporters disrupted the Nevada delegate selection process?

Can we all agree that Trump’s proposed nominees to the Supreme Court are nothing more than a show to placate conservative republicans?

Can we all agree those same conservatives must be really important if they have Mark Zuckerberg looking for their approval?

Can we all agree that Megyn Kelly’s interview with Donald Trump did more damage to her reputation than to his?

Can we all agree that Google’s flypaper patent to prevent injuries to pedestrians from their self-driving car, may be be the strangest idea of the week?

Can we all agree the Oklahoma governor deserves tremendous credit for vetoing a bill that would make any abortion procedure a felony?

Can we all agree that extending overtime pay to workers making $47,600 will give a number of folks an immediate pay boost?

Can we all agree there may not be anything more terrifying than killer bees in your back yard?

Can we all agree the latest Olympic doping scandal is just one more reason to avoid this summer’s Olympic Games?

Can we all agree that 7 consecutive months of the warmest weather on record equals global warming?

Can we all agree the failure of Burlington College in Vermont reflects very poorly of the leadership of its former president Jane Sanders, wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders?

Can we all agree the Supreme Court has now become a mediation service, because it can’t decide cases with only 8 justices?

Can we all agree that spending $7 million to investigate what happened in Benghazi is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money?

Can we all agree that, except for a few feature films, there is probably no reason for anyone over the age of 14 to go to the movies this summer?

Can we all agree the latest report on genetically modified foods is irrelevant to the debate over whether they should be labelled?  Even the report writers admit it.

Can we all agree the Senate bill allowing people to sue the Saudi government over the 9/11 attacks is another example of pandering to conspiracy theorists?

Can we all agree the FDA’s new label requirements will only work if people read them?

Can we all agree it’s not surprising Congress has once again tied itself into knots over a measure to protect LGBT rights?

Can we all agree that it’s tough to figure out how the United States Attorney General has any standing to sue the Russians over their illegal doping of Olympic athletes?

Is California water crises over?

Is the California water crises over?

Can we all agree that while California has suspended state-wide water restrictions, most Californians will continue to conserve water?

Can we all agree Congress probably has no idea what will happen when they pass a new act to reform the nation’s toxic chemical regulations?

Can we all agree the last thing this country needs is a cheese glut?

and finally:

Can we all agree Mr. Ed’s sidekick will be remembered fondly by all his baby boomer fans? “Willllburrrrr?”

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/14/16 edition

May 14, 2016

Can we all agree that waiting in security lines for over an hour to get on a plane is n0t the payoff we expected for improved security when we travel?

Waiting in line in Minneapolis (Star Tribune Photo)

Waiting in line in Minneapolis (Star Tribune Photo)

Can we all agree that opponents of the death penalty may have found an unlikely ally in Pfizer?

Can we all agree that George Zimmerman has carved out a new definition of insensitivity by deciding to auction the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin? And that’s the kindest thing I could say.

Can we all agree, speaking of insensitivity, it’s hard to figure out what a Belgium beer company was thinking when they decided to replace the name on their beer cans with ‘America?’

Can we all agree the Obama Administration’s decree on bathroom use has made an isolated problem into a national issue?

Can we all agree we finally found someone nasty enough for Donald Trump to disavow – his  former Butler ?

Can we all agree Donald Trump’s reaction to calls for release of his tax return makes even his supporters squirm?

Can we all agree, it’s nice to know the GOP’s Stop-Trump movement is still in the game?

Can we all agree that new revelations about how Donald Trump handles himself with women is not exactly a surprise?

Can we all agree the Russian government’s reaction to the Olympic doping scandal, just adds credibility to the charges?

Can we all agree the GOP’s ‘victory’ over the Affordable Care Act, issued by a Republican judge, will be short-lived since the Supreme Court has already ruled on the issue?

Can we all agree the Catholic Church’s decision to study the possibility of female Deacons, does not mean it will happen, but it adds to Pope Francis’ legacy of change?

Can we all agree that reading about the political turmoil in Brazil is starting too get very boring?

Can we all agree that Speaker Paul Ryan’s meeting with Donald Trump was all form and no substance?

Can we all agree that if Mr. Trump is elected President he will have at least one foreign leader who will welcome a visit – the new President of the Philippines? He appears to be Trump 2.0.

Can we all agree that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s social media attacks on Mr. Trump may not win her a VP job with the Clinton campaign, but it’s sure fun to watch?

Can we all agree it’s about time an American President visited Hiroshima?

Can we all agree that the tactics Uber and Lyft are using to avoid improved background checks on their drivers are leaving a bad taste with many consumers?

Steph Curry: NBA MVP (USA Today photo)

Steph Curry: NBA MVP (USA Today photo)

Can we all agree it’s good to know that our representative in Washington can’t agree on fighting Zika, or helping Puerto Rico, or any of a host of other problems, but they can agree that the bison should be the national mammal? As a true orange and blue Bucknell bison I am just so proud.

Can we all agree that Commencement season is destroying the concept of free speech, as campus after campus cancels an invitation, because some group raises an objection?

and finally:

Can we all agree Steph Curry’s shimmy may be a bit of unnecessary celebration, but he certainly deserves to be the first unanimous MVP of any major sport?

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Testing for Emotional Intelligence – Again

May 10, 2016

Filed under: Coaching,Management,observations — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 11:51 am

I’ve written several posts on emotional intelligence, but many people are still confused by the concepts of self-awareness, self-efficacy, and  emotional recognition.

A recent client brought the issues into sharp focus. She is a young woman, who graduated from college four years ago and has had a number of short stints (a year or so) at just-above entry-level positions at Bay Area firms.

Her most recent, was a one-year contract job which concluded four months ago.

She had asked me for help in reviewing her resume and standard cover letter to figure out why she had not been able to find a new job.

She had been offered jobs, but felt they would not provide the salary she needed. She had recently concluded that, “The market has changed. If you’re not an engineer they just feel the supply of people for administrative positions, or social marketing is just so large they don’t have to pay anything.”

She insisted that she was not looking to make a fortune but just enough to support herself and maintain the apartment she rented after she was in her contract job for a few months.

She may be right about the job market, but having lived in the Bay Area for 20 years, I don’t think so.

The job of a good coach and career counselor is to help clients see things from a different perspective.

Could it be that my client was so emotionally unaware that she could not step back and look at the facts from a different point of view. This is the key to one aspect of emotional intelligence: understanding your own strengths and weaknesses.

I suggested she ask herself the following questions:

Why was she able to find positions, but unable to find long-term success?

Was she mistaken that she had a chance at a long-term position at the company when she rented a San Francisco apartment?

With unemployment in the Bay Area and in the nation, continuing to be very low why would there be a sudden flood of folks for the positions she sought?

Was it possible that firms offering her positions really didn’t want her to accept the jobs?

Would it be worth taking a lower salaried position in the hopes that, after a while, you could prove your worth and earn a raise?

These were not comfortable concepts for her to consider. Suggesting that maybe the problem was on her end and that she needed to make some  changes  was not an option.

Emotional intelligence is, in part, the ability to question your beliefs and consider that there is something you might need to change. Perhaps you are not the perfect employee, perhaps its not ‘office politics’ that stalled your career, perhaps there’s a good reason that contract position didn’t turn into a full-time job?

Whether you answer the questions honestly is a true test of your emotional intelligence.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/7/16 edition

May 7, 2016

Filed under: Can we all agree — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — admin @ 7:21 am

Can we all agree it would be interesting to see if Donald Trump would bar the new Muslim  mayor of London from entering the United Staters?

Can we all agree this week’s turn of events in the GOP is  just stunning? Trump wins Indiana, Cruz and Kasich drop out and the party establishment goes nuts.

Can we all agree that Trump’s chances in the general election depend on how many party loyalists vote for Hillary, or just don’t vote at all?

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Can we all agree that, once again, the media listened to too many ‘experts,’ and were never able to provide an accurate picture of what was going on with GOP voters? But then people blame the media every four years, anyway.

Can we all agree the parade of GOP leaders who will not support Trump, combined with talk of a third party movement shows how desperate the party has become?

Can we all agree that the Democrat’s biggest worry may be overconfidence?

Can we all agree that it has taken President Obama way too long to visit the disaster that is the Flint, MI water crises?

Can we all agree that it is hard to comprehend the number of Canadiens who have been forced to evacuate because of the Fort McMurray wild fire?

Can we all agree we are surprised but not shocked that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US?

Can we all agree that the FDA needed to do something to regulate e-cigarettes before states such as California created a patchwork of regulations like we already have on cigarette sales?

Can we all agree as North Carolina and the Federal Government battle over the state’s so called, bathroom law, the real losers will be the citizens of the state?

Can we all agree the announcement on new national monuments to the gay-rights movement seemed timed to counter to rising tide of anti-gay sentiment in the US?

Can we all agree that the San Diego judge handling the class action lawsuit against Trump University must have been  counting on a Trump loss in the presidential election when he scheduled the trial for November 28?

Can we all agree this video taken from a camera attached to a rocket launched into space is just mesmerizing?

Can we all agree that 160,000 new jobs may not be what economists expected, but it’s better than a loss of jobs or declining wages?

Can we all agree the best we can say about the first Communist Party Congress in North Korea in 35 years is “who cares.?”

Can we all agree the same could be said for the Sport Illustrated plan to feature a nude photo of Kaitlin Jenner on its cover?

Can we all agree it will be great to see Jon Stewart back on TV around the election, even if it’s just short videos?

Can we all agree cease-fire agreements in Syria seem almost meaningless?

Can we all agree California will join the list of states which have legalized marijuana after the votes are counted in November?Unknown

Can we all agree comedian Larry Wilmore crossed a line with his remarks at last Saturday’s Correspondent’s Dinner? But the President was very funny.

Can we all agree, now that Malia Obama has decided to take a year off before attending Harvard, everyone will follow suit?

And finally:

Can we all agree they best story of the week was the Leicester City soccer club winning the English Premier League title?  One commentator likened it to a Triple-A baseball team  winning the World Series.

 

 

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