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Bullet Sunday 488

Posted on Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Dave!There's hope for 2017, because an all new Bullet Sunday starts... now...

   
• Love! The reason I managed to get through 2016 was because I have a lot of internet friends holding my virtual hand. People can diminish online friendships all they want, but the people on the other end of the screen matter to me, and the importance of those relationships cannot be understated. There were days that they were all I had, and I'll always be grateful. As we head into 2017, I'm guessing a lot of people are going to be relying on an online community to get through. Here in the US we essentially elected a license to hate and, though hate is nothing new, there are already signs that it is escalating to a frightening degree. Maybe it's because of how you worship. Maybe it's because your skin color. Maybe it's because of your sex. Maybe it's because of who you love. Maybe it's because of where you live. Maybe it's because of how much money you have... or, more likely, don't have. People can be horrible to each other, and choosing to be kind in the face of that is going to mean the world to somebody out there. Keeping that in mind as you interact online in the coming days is vital. I'll be paying it forward by trying my best.

   
• Help! All that being said, if you're in the US, need help, and can't find the support you need, there are places you can call free of charge...

Get the support you deserve. There are fellow humans wanting to help.

   
• Inspiration! Here's Simon Sinek on why good leaders make us feel safe...

We can all be good leaders for each other.

   
• Sleeping! How Jake Sleeps...

Jake Sleeping in a Very Odd Position

Meanwhile... I can be laying in the most comfortable bed on planet earth and still not be able to sleep.

   
• Roast! The late Carrie Fisher was damn funny on top of being talented, beautiful, and brilliant. This video of her roasting George Lucas has been making the rounds is undeniable proof of all of it...

And here she is on Harrison Ford...

Miss you, Carrie.

   
• New THRICE! Hey... did you know that the latest issue of THRICE Fiction has been released? And did you know that you can download the issue for FREE? If you didn't, now you do! If you did and didn't believe it, I'm here to tell you it's all true! Head over the ThriceFiction.com and grab it!

Thrice Fiction Magazine Issue No. 18

   
• More Simon! I catch shit every time I mention how tough it is to hire from the crop of Millennials that have permeated the work force. Every time I'm told "The generation before us complained about us, the generation before them complained about them... it goes on and on, and dumping on Millennials is just continuing a tradition." Which is probably true... but when it comes to THE ACTUAL WORK... to interacting with people to complete a task... Millennials can pose problems unlike anything else that's come before. Simon Sinek has completely nailed it in this video, which is so worth your valuable time to watch...

What's interesting to me is how NON-Millennials are adopting the habits of Millennials which Sinek is discussing. Particularly when it comes to mobile phones. Nobody will put away their phones for five fucking minutes anymore, no matter what their age, and we're all losing because of it. That goes for performing in the workplace... and double for maintaining healthy friendships. My only resolution for 2017 is to pay more attention to the people in front of me.

   
And... that's the last of the first bullets of 2017! Be safe and be kind, everybody.

Comments

  1. Robin says:

    I love Simon Sinek. I have been struggling with hiring Millennials as well. They want lots of money,they want to work from home, work short days, and then want to know when their next promotion and raise will be. I ask what they have achieved to earn a raise or a promotion and they say, “well, I have been here six months”…and then they tell me about all their other job opportunities, which I promptly tell them they should take (and they somehow stay). It is so unbelievable to me. One thing I disagree with Simon about is that we should adapt the environment to the Millennials. I completely disagree. In my opinion, the Millennials need to suck it up and get to work! The phone thing applies to everyone now…sad. And forget about making plans, people just don’t show up!

    Simon’s view on leadership is spot on as well. It really makes it clear to me why my company is in chaos. We were acquired 18 months ago and in addition to the jobs eliminated at the time of acquisition, we are forced to rate everyone. I cannot have more than 10% of my team rated as outstanding and I am required to have 10% in the “needs improvement” category which means they will potentially be terminated during budget time (which falls at Christmas time). Makes it hard to build an outstanding team when they are forced to compete constantly.

    Happy New Year Dave!

    • Daver says:

      I never heard of him before this video. It’s practically life-affirming, because he’s discussing what I’ve been dealing with… that others have chastised me for even mentioning. The fact that it’s an attitude that’s spreading to other generations is almost more worrisome.

  2. Thanks for the Simon Sinek video. I was spellbound. As a Manager of millennials I can say for 100% certainty that entitlement is YUGE with them. And this is super bloody helpful. Thank you.

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