Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing

For most the extra long winter has been a trying affair and it is with that sentiment that we bring you the equally trying Seven Day Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing from our wonderfully challenging world.

This week we want to illuminate a particularly telling piece that helps to back up some of swipupstream’s assertions when it comes to hiring.

This week confirmation that too much undeserved positive reinforcement when we are young leads to unrealistic expectations of our work places and bosses came from the paper. The cover page of The National Post declared, “Me generation comes of age.” The article went on to confirm The Hire Me book’s declaration that young people are coming into the work force expecting to receive a blue ribbon for plain old work, just like sports day at school and whether they deserve it or not. The article continues that many experts believe this is and will continue to be the biggest problem for companies as the “me” age group graduates from both high school and university. Conclusion: it is perfectly fine to discipline your child and let them know that they won’t be the best at everything. That is a reality and they will be better off for it when they truly earn their first blue ribbon in whatever they are really good at.

We live in a blame culture. Everyone wants to look elsewhere to point the finger. I continue to look at the media and the latest spin on environmental problems is that China is to blame. North Americans continue to look abroad rather than take their own actions to become accountable. Page 12 of the Province today is a clear example of news that is only part of the story. “Asian smokestacks spew weather-changing smoke” reads the headline. The truth is it is dramatic and those people that still read the paper daily long for the days when the evil red army was our enemy. It’s half the story. Take a look at your own environmental protocol. I bet just like my business you can find someone every day that escapes punishment when they can’t even be bothered to recycle. Asia is the least of our worries. We are our own worst enemies.

And with that we b ring the whole sordid affair to a close. We will see you next week for some more Sights, Sounds, Speculations and Stargazing from our wonderfully challenging world.

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