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August 29, 2017

Step Right Up!!

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Maybe there’s a grain of truth to P.T. Barnum’s famous “There’s a sucker born every minute” line. At the risk of coming across as a critic I offer up the following somewhat facetious examples of how suckers in today’s world might be running rampant:

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April 23, 2017

What we Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

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I mindlessly answered the phone the other day and found myself momentarily wafting in dead air. All of a sudden a voice says: “Oh, I’m sorry. This is Emily. I didn’t expect you to pick up.” I started to say that it wasn’t a problem when I got cut off mid sentence by “Emily” informing me that because I had stayed at one of their resorts recently…and that was her final word when I ended the call.

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November 9, 2016

Don’t Stuff Those Linkedin Contacts in a Virtual Drawer

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Quick, how many Linkedin contacts do you have? Unless you’re some sort of savant you likely have no idea. A lot probably because, after all, it’s been 13 years since Linkedin infiltrated our business lives.

Hitting the 500+ contact club is no big deal anymore but, admit it, when you got there it likely gave you a little satisfaction. Kind of like watching your odometer go over 50,000 miles.

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August 2, 2016

A Fortune Cookie’s Role in Career Planning

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A friend of mine recently opened up a fortune cookie and received the following message: “The sky’s the limit. But only to the end of the month.” A couple of days later he was presented with an attractive job opportunity, something he wasn’t actively seeking.

Paying heed to Confucius, he didn’t dismiss this opportunity out of hand. For the record, it came from a company who knew him – and kept tabs on him – from a previous consulting gig.

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June 22, 2016

If it Seems Too Good to be True…

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I recently received a letter from Arthur D. Smith. Arthur D., who I’ve never met, asked me to get back to him ASAP. It seems that I’m the beneficiary of $13.9 million as a result of being next of kin to someone named John Lee.

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