October 1, 2010
What They’re Doing Right
Since I pick on people or situations that I think are odd, let me write about some things people are doing right:
1. Ann and Nancy Wilson of “Heart”
From “Parade” Magazine, Sept. 19, 2010
What advice would you give to young women who want to rock?
Nancy: There’s a great deal of pressure on young women to portray a hyper-sexualized image.
Ann: And I think they get told that if they do that they’re going to be successful. When, in actuality, if they look like pole dancers, all they do is make themselves more disposable. So be true to yourself.
Nancy: And play, play, play.
From an article by John Gallagher in the Detroit Free Press, reprinted in the Idaho Statesman on September 29, 2010:
BMW in Germany has discovered that by adapting its plant to older workers, it increased their productivity so that it matches that of younger workers. Innovations included: Bigger type on computer screens, installing floors that were easier on aging knees, tools with larger handles…
Thank you, BMW, for not just pushing us out the door.
And finally: Anybody who counsels young people about careers should watch the “Parents Unemployed” episode of “Life Unexpected.” It has a GREAT scene about a Career Day at a high school, where a radio personality says she did a lousy job of producing a radio show because her dream was to be on the air, not behind the scenes. When she actually got her chance, she tanked; but she went back to producing and PREPARED for the job, so that the next time opportunity knocked, she’d be ready. So many lessons in that 2-minute segment.