Archive for January, 2011

The ethics of fan-dom

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

If you’re as sick as I am of the constant bad news and wrangling from the business and political sectors, it may be time for us to talk about something a little lighter. The Super Bowl is coming up, presenting a dilemma for diehard fans whose teams didn’t make the cut. If you’re not sure [...]

So, how civil is the state of the Union?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address this evening, playing to a packed house of legislators, judges, and other luminaries. The Members of Congress have announced their intention to demonstrate their commitment to greater civility by sitting mixed together instead of divided by party affiliation. It’s a nice gesture, but I wonder [...]

Don’t blame the customer

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Continuing my Friday series on keeping your business out of court, let me tell you what happened recently to my friend Joan. An avid crafter, Joan is also a not-so-secret Ebay addict. She’s built up quite a stash of craft supplies by bidding on Ebay, and she usually enjoys wonderful relationships with sellers who are [...]

Thank you, Mr. President

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

President Obama’s speech in Tucson last night was, in my opinion, about as good as it could possibly have been. Yes, I know there were detractors. Could we please just acknowledge that there always are, and recognize that critics aren’t always right? The President’s central point – that we can and should decide to treat [...]

Let’s improve civility in business, too

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Last weekend’s shooting rampage in Arizona, in which six people were killed and fourteen others – including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – were wounded, has sparked a firestorm of debate here in Washington. The question on everyone’s mind seems to be whether Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter, was whipped into a violent frenzy by militaristic [...]

Pay your people a fair wage

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Continuing my Friday series on keeping your business out of court, let’s focus on a class action suit that’s pending against my favorite celebrity chef, Mario Batali. Full disclosure: I had the privilege of eating in Batali’s Babbo restaurant in New York a couple of years back, and briefly met the Maestro himself. He’s utterly [...]

America’s workers deserve a happier New Year

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Now that the holidays are over and those of us who have jobs are back to work, I want to dedicate this post to the folks whose largely unnoticed efforts make the holidays possible. Here’s are a couple of examples. On Christmas Eve, around 6 PM and for reasons that aren’t relevant here, my family [...]