At an age when many believe that life is winding down, it’s just getting interesting. Occasionally someone will say to me, “You look good... for 73.” I’ve also heard variations such as, “I’d never guess you were that old.” When I first heard these comments from people, I felt good, as if I’d pulled one over on them. Sometimes I would respond, “I don’t feel like I’m 73.”
I am very sad and very sorry to have to write this article. Connor and I said goodbye to our cat Harriet this past weekend. She was 16 years old and I can say without doubt that she brought an incredible amount of love and laughter to me over those 16 years.
We live in a connected society, and expect everything to be networked and connected to the internet. Connecting requires a modem, and today most internet providers provide you with a combination modem and router. They usually have four ethernet ports, and tend to include wireless access.
Most drivers have a story about the day they ran out of fuel. It’s an unpleasant feeling when one minute you’re cruising down the highway in overdrive and the next you’re sputtering to an ungraceful stop. You hope that you’re near a gas station, or if you’re lucky, that you can cruise right up to the pump, when you finally shut down.
Last week, I was facilitating a discussion in class regarding cultural differences in the workplace. Specifically, we had a lively discussion regarding differences in the approach to performance management practices across the globe. For example, in the U.S., we are always focused on formally documenting performance discussions, mostly to protect us from potential employment related lawsuits. In most Latin American countries, as well as in southern Europe, the attitude toward performance management is very informal, usually completed as on-the-spot conversations, and not at all focused on anything written. Perhaps this distinction is a direct result of civil law vs. common law approaches to employment, or a consequence of American at-will employment rules vs. contract employment? As the conversation progressed, we concluded that the primary cause of these differences goes deeper than the law, but rather to cultural principles.
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