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I am an unabashed fan of human productivity and the need to marshal it at any and all costs. So, here goes…
What do we do with ourselves when we wake up to the press of time? When one’s physical abilities to excel are largely past? When one’s chance to “be somebody” through one’s children is no longer an option? When one’s opportunity – if not root desire – to make a million bucks has slipped by?
What are we left with?
I just read a piece in The New York Times Sunday business section called “The Pull of Heavy industry.” It features Alex Kummant, the CEO of Amtrak. When asked about what keeps him up at night (besides his 4 month old), he said, “human resources issues.”
Last week, the New York Times ran an article, entitled What Do I Do? What Week It Is about a guy named Sean Aiken, who was trying out a new job every week for a year. The article quotes Sean as saying, “We have been told our whole life that anything is possible. Well, our parents did a great job, cause now we actually believe it.”
That’s my fantasy news flash for the day. I came across the article Businesses Offer Ways for Employees to Balance Work and Family on the ABC News site the other day that described how helping people deal with non-business related stress – marriage, children, etc. – makes employees more productive workers.
A recent, front page article in The New York Times about French
identity reported that the French Conservative candidate for president,
Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to establish a new arm of the government – a
ministry of “immigration and national identity.” At the same time,