Log Entry no. 162: Bigfoot

Cooter, his two sons “No IQ” (NI), the oldest, and “Wanting IQ” (WI) headed for a week at a Tennessee mountain VRBO with the extended family to celebrate Whim’s 60th birthday. There were 10 in all. Whim, a great outdoors guy and hunter, believed in Bigfoot. Believed for decades. Whim had Sasquatch religion!

So there was a plan put in place for Whim’s enjoyment and surprise with a Bigfoot theme. Cooter, WI, and NI did the planning and purchased a head to toe Sasquatch costume. Head hood, body suit, hands, feet.

The Gatlinburg, TN VRBO sat on a hillside with a large, expansive rear deck, looking down into the woods; the woods came within 20 feet or so of the house and deck.

Cooter talked NI into suiting up in the Sasquatch outfit and walking through the woods to surprise Whim. It was all carefully timed. At 5pm, well into happy hour, NI was to appear walking in the woods, someone would yell, “Whim, It looks like Sasquatch is in the woods”. With that the group was to race out onto the deck. NI’s brother, WI, was loading up garbage bags with water balloons, 70 balloons, for the group to take down Sasquatch. NI had no knowledge of this. The group did.

It worked like a charm. Sasquatch (NI) appeared in the woods, the nine Bigfoot hunters raced out onto the deck, grabbed the balloons, and pelted NI, pinning him down, while the barrage continued. The laughter was so intense it was excruciating!

Whim, the birthday guy, aggressively participated and enjoyed the whole gag immensely. He was presented with the Bigfoot costume along with several other gifts to mark the occasion, his 60th.

Whim would tell you, Sasquatch is out there!

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So Who Is Going To Fix It?

Unless you live in a rabbit hole, consider from a high level view, the wayward condition of our country, the USA. When a country lacks leadership it is like a sailing ship without a sail.

High level views are very valuable.  It enables a  person or group to step up out of the mire, the confusion, the mess, to view the issues, conflicts, and factors causing the problem and search for solutions to set a course of correction.

So ask yourself: who is going to set a course correction for the country and its many throbbing issues.

 Who is going to fix it ?  It is not Washington DC; they got us here, in addition to an apathetic citizenry.

So who is going to fix it ?

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As a side note … if you want a better economy, and you are not working, and you’re able to work, you need to get out there and take one of the 100’s of 1000’s open jobs / positions.  Here are your opportunities. Here are the industries.  Make a contribution !

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.t01.htm

There is not always wind, not always sun, but always TIDES !

The technology was new to me when I read about. I found it a possible significant solution for the world energy issues.

With this tech being around for years and very successfully applied in a few countries, and considering the renewable energy issue, and fossil fuel pollution situation, and the not so

unknown and now recognized impact of global warming, it is a wonder the world has not joined together and developed and applied this technology to a global grid to feed consumer energy needs.  Of course that would have a great impact on several industries… maybe this great alternative resource is too painful to existing industries to broadly implement on a meaningful scale.

https://time.com/6189832/ocean-tide-energy/

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“Enough”

(apparently some elected officials believe we need more…)

Here’s a Forbes article summarizing this horrendous situation in the USA.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2022/07/04/us-mass-shootings-hover-near-record-breaking-levels/?sh=4a8871dc5f62

Media — 6/13/2022. They agreed on background checks for buyers of guns between 18 and 21 years of age. Should have been all buyers. More funds for mental health. That is he sleeves out of their vests. Help the states with red-flag processes. Pass the issue off to the states. YOU KNOW THE NRA IS THRILLED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR PUPPETS!

Here’s what they did not do:

Time Magazine June 20 – June 27, 2022

Media — 6/13/2020. A few major reforms were left out of the proposed deal, including a provision to expand background checks. Also absent is a ban on military-style assault weapons. Plus, there will be no change to the minimum age to purchase guns, which is 18 years old. And no mention of bans on high capacity magazines.

Apparently, courage is not a behavioral competency required of most elected officials in Congress.

Here is the answer (and you can still keep your firearms!):

Anyone who purchases, any age, is subject to a background check. Minimum waiting period, 30 days. AK15 style attack/assault rifles or similar are banned from the USA (except law enforcement and the military). High capacity magazines are outlawed.

And another solution (my preferred):

https://successnexcess.com/2022/05/15/gun-violence/

Holding weapons manufacturers legally responsible for use of weapons by owners/others is absurd!

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Like Watching Grass Grow

If your house or apartment or, if your homeless your tent was on fire, and the Congress was “manning” the firehouse, your home would burn to the ground.

All the murders, all the dead people, all the dead children and we have this. This is past horrendous!

The Senate on Tuesday (6/21/22) cast a key vote to advance newly released bipartisan gun safety legislation, a major step moving the bill forward as lawmakers face pressure to respond to the the recent string of mass shootings. The bill still has a number of hurdles to clear, however. In the Senate, it will face two more major votes — first to break a filibuster and then on final passage. The vote to break a filibuster will be a critical, high-stakes moment for the legislation since it will require 60 votes to advance, which means at least 10 Republicans will need to join Democrats in support. This latest move to advance the bill is the clearest sign yet that it will likely overcome that filibuster. If so, the bill will go on to a final passage vote. The House would then need to take up the measure.

Least we forget…

The pace of mass shootings in 2022 is part of the three-year uptick that began in 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, the total number of mass shootings all year jumped from 417 to 610. The number jumped again in 2021 to 692. In 2022 so far, mass shootings have resulted in 1,357 people shot, resulting in 278 deaths. Through the same period in 2021, there were 1,293 people shot, resulting in 280 deaths, while in 2020 the numbers show 802 people shot with 152 deaths.

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Humor, a business tool…

… and it is absolutely free! And it is all about maintaining some balance in the culture if you are a leader. And as a reminder, leaders can be found anywhere in the organization, they don’t necessarily have to carry a manager’s title! And, some managers/supervisors/executives are not necessarily good leaders.

Here are some excerpts from the full article in Fast Company Magazine on the benefits of humor in the work environment:

“Fact: organizations in which humor is part of the culture reported shareholder returns 19% higher than their competitors, according to a Huet & Associates study.” 

And from another source, some of the benefits of humor in the work place

“The CEO of Peppercomm observes that humor and levity in daily work interactions, even virtually, can actually change how our brains work to develop creative solutions, reduce stress, and solve problems.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90751142/the-business-case-for-getting-your-team-to-laugh-together2

“It’s very difficult to dislike someone who makes you laugh.”

This blogger has worked in more than 25 business locations in the USA and business locations in 19 other countries. Obserations and experiences have proven that humor is highly appreciated and respected, it easily and effortlessly crosses all cultures, and molds great, long term working partnerships and relationships!

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Landmines in the field of recruiting

… in the ever present minefield of candidate interviewing.

From Maggie Smith, vice resident of HR at Traliant, a provider of online compliance training.

Asking personal questions that aren’t job related can be problematic. A simple rule to follow is to keep interview questions focused on the position, the skills and experience needed, and realistic expectations for the role.

Some questions to avoid may seem obvious, but it can be a minefield if one slips into casual conversation and ends up asking something that can potentially cause problems for you and your organization.

Additionally, to stay on track, remain focused on talent and capability. And to assist  in evaluating future performance, behavioral based questions (behavioral competencies) are excellent recruiting tools for employers. They are also excellent traits that candidates should highlight as part of their interview plan. Referencing a previous post:

https://successnexcess.com/2018/05/30/influence-impact-of-behavioral-competencies-on-careers/

From Maggie Smith and Fast Company:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90745224/5-things-you-should-never-do-in-a-remote-interview

… predictable characteristics of changing times and changing work environments.

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Who is responsible for the Decisiveness in the USA?

This entry is not about voting or political party preference, just a situational look.

Presidents are the leaders of countries. If you look at the “recent” lists of presidents you may agree each had his (can not use the female pronoun yet) priorities, battles, and made popular and unpopular decisions. And the country was divided on certain issues.

Inside the capital, January 6th. “Make America Great Again”

Consider the reality: The critical level of divisiveness that the USA now faces was created during the Trump administration. Under no other president, under no other administration did it ever reach the intensity or criticality of what we have today. Under no other presidency did we have the growth and involvement of hate groups in our government, the election and voting mess, and the level of divisiveness in our country and government.

For the record I am not anti-political party.

And for the record, Biden is creating his own mess, with the help of a badly divided Congress that has lost its way and its focus on its ultimate purpose, that being creating laws and making decisions in the best interest of the country and not the political party.

Just saying…

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Advice from New Zealand’s Leader…

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in 150 years when she was sworn in at 37 years old in 2017. Since then, she has worked steadily on gender equality initiatives such as equal pay for women and paid parental leave, and comforted her country through times of crisis.

The prime minister’s words here remind us that leaders make the most impact when they listen to the people around them, try to find common ground, and lift up those who need it most.

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