Global Scams and Fraud

Many citizens are aware enough to avoid wide spread scams and fraud. This extensive article from the April 2020 AARP Bulletin describes just how sophisticated and global this stuff has become. Many organizations specializing in it sound and look like legitimate well run and organized businesses.

Here is a link to the article:

Stay safe out there!

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Absent the Ability to Learn

So when I posted the “Very Unusual Boss” entry, it came to mind that I had something to say about Patrick Herbert’s quote.

Brian Patrick Herbert (born June 29, 1947) is an American author who lives in Washington state.

So how would you describe people who do not have the wherewithal to learn? Would the following make your list (not intended to be inclusive) :

  • Self-centered
  • Think they know
  • Not so smart
  • Probably not popular
  • Poor team players
  • Maybe not respected
  • Sought out as mentors, coaches?
  • Short on some key Behavior Competencies *
  • Possibly big on ego?
  • Might not be the best employee

Obviously the above is not intended to apply to those who have learning disabilities or other types disabling challenges.

Posted under Success, Why? Just turn the list into positives statements.


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A Very Unusual Boss…

My friend had boss that was “heavy duty” into leadership. They operated a business that was $800 million with thousands of employees spread over many countries. Here is my friends mini-account of his leadership trip with his boss.

Brian Patrick Herbert (born June 29, 1947) is an American author who lives in Washington state.

The boss was all about performance to objectives, metrics, being responsible, demanding accountability, making sure that the leaders, his 8 direct reports, drove the business to the same standards and goals. They all had something to learn from the boss.

He was an unusual boss. He was experienced in finance, manufacturing operations management, engineering, customer service, internationally experienced — he lived and ran business in other countries. He could always ask the right questions.

He would stand up for a person, his people. He believed in family first. Recognition was a management tool and he used it frequently in many different forms and formats. He believed in pay for performance. He promoted good performers.

He believed that it was easier to close a manufacturing facility than to fix it. His default mode was fixing it. He was skilled at it, proven.

He didn’t suffer fools. He could be hard on people; did not shy away from embarrassing a subordinate or management above him in public. Not necessary! Costly in the long run.

He would purchase books for his staff to further educate them in business. He even found leadership lessons in Dr Seuss’s, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

He drove talent renewal. Invested in it. Created an annual process that was tracked and measured. Insisted that it was owned by his direct reports.

There many types of leaders and bosses around. It is always good to take people for their strong suits, looking for opportunities to learn. Glean the best from the best. Stash away the experiences that will remind you that is NOT how to do it, need to avoid that. Learning from poor examples is still learning. You can learn from good bosses and the other type as well.

This post listed under “success” as people’s behavior usually offers something to learn.

Love the quote from Herbert!

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A Message from the CEO…

This message from AMC Theaters CEO and President Adam Aron, was communicated to their valued A-List members, AMC Stubs members and guests on June 18th. Primarily it announced the opening of most of their theaters in the USA in July, as well as their aggressive plan to have patrons enjoy a safe experience. As important, the message also assured their customers of the companies sound financial position.

What I find really interesting is his reference to the difficulty of customers finding factual information. So well said!

Here’s an excerpt from the CEO’s communique:

“Finally, I am pleased to report that AMC Theaters is in an excellent financial position to welcome you back to our movie theaters. In recent weeks, you may have seen or read speculation about AMC’s future. In this time of great uncertainty, where facts are in short supply, speculation and guessing sometimes becomes the norm. Somehow, that speculation can become conventional wisdom, and that conventional wisdom in turn can be reported as truth. Let me say to all of you that so much of the speculation about AMC that was prevalent in the last several weeks was just plain wrong. In April, we successfully raised a half a billion dollars of new investment capital for AMC, and fortunately that puts us now in a position of considerable strength.”

“AMC was founded at the corner of 12th and Grand in Kansas City, Missouri in 1920, making this year our 100th Anniversary. Now that we can once again reopen our doors to you, we are so looking forward to another 100 years of making smiles happen.”

This blogger wishes AMC success and a safe reopening and future.

If you are interested in the entire message:

Looks like AMC has may have some very talented leadership !

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Burger Time !

So when your kid, now age 38, works in technology, is a gamer, and nerd, sometimes on the occasions where gifts are given, this is what you get. His brother pitched in too for Dad’s Day.   I”m not complaining… the man cave has some tech in it and this will be a great addition.

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My Friend Harv…

The call on June 4, at 8:15 AM… just may stay with me forever.

He was just such an exceptional human being.  Funny, humble, caring, considerate, patient, kind… I’m not going to finish the list as it is very long.  But what says it all to me is how Harv viewed others, his expression, “You don’t know until you have walked in their shoes.” just says volumes about the guy.

Harv personified the Zellweger phrase from “Cold Mountain”… “youTOOL BOX need help, here I am.”

He was like my other brother.  It did not matter whether it was golf, a party at his place or ours; I was always excited to see Harv.  He brightened my day. He completed my holidays when we were together…so many trips to his place, so many memories, so many events.

HOT RODAnd we talked about opening up a pub with a hot rod theme… it’s probably good that didn’t happen.

Harv hosted such great Thanksgivings; many of us with distant family. Turkey shoots and shots! After each, he would say, never again.  Then he’d host it again next year.

He liked our mutt; always took her out for a dump and short walk.

Bill gave him that state of the art driver for Christmas one year… really worked for him.  Every time he boomed one out there I’d tell him he should send Bill money!

GOLFERSuch a master craftsman… if stuff broken in heaven, he’ll fix it.  I figured that is why he got called. He even fixed the golf cart that a friend used and accidentally take out some neighborhood mailboxes.

I even thought about asking him to fix that congressional shithole in Washington, but that would be asking too much of a good friend.

And so many shots and beers… that was usually the greeting I received. The only thing I was sure of on our sleep-overs, at either house, was what the next morning would bring! The only living being that was physically right was the dog.

His golf game went extremely bad one year so he started to bring a flask… it didn’t’ help.

RAVENSAnd who could never forget the Ravens-Steelers game parties… filled with cheers, and more than occasional vulgarity!

Harv, so lucky to have had time with him!

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Root Causes…

I doubt we’ll see any significant change until some constitutional basics change.  Groups that by broadest definition and behavior, that have now or historically demonstrated a raciest and/or supremacist platform or tendencies, need to be outlawed, eradicated.  They should not be supported under freedom of speech, right to protest, and other amendments or  laws.  As long as the USA’s basic amendments and constitution can be interpreted to support raciest and supremacist behavior, it is not likely we will smother the hate and ugliness in this country.  It is against the law for organizations to discriminate in employment practices however other groups or organizations specifically not covered by law can.  

Quite a dichotomy!  

Further, If law enforcement and judicial departments where held to similar enforceable non-discriminatory standards (much broader than employment practice) and penalized for violations, we just might see the start of genuine “fit for duty” standards in the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). 

Can the criminal justice system “police” itself ? 

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