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  • don bosch 9:37 am on 01/07/2015 Permalink
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    Change: What the recession did to American fathers. The post was adapted from Ronald Mincy, Monique Jethwani, and Serena Klempin’s new book Failing Our Fathers.

  • don bosch 9:52 am on 11/05/2014 Permalink
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    What happens when you get drunk and kill Putin’s friend with your snowplow?

  • don bosch 7:54 am on 10/06/2014 Permalink
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    News you can use: Google’s head of HR on adding horsepower to your resume.

  • don bosch 8:02 am on 09/12/2014 Permalink
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    Six management lessons everyone should know.

  • don bosch 5:09 pm on 09/05/2014 Permalink
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    Men and the Midlife Job Search, by Julie Cantor

    The prospect of dating in your mid-40s after a divorce or breakup is about welcomed as a shower without any heat on January 3rd.

    You feel like you are out in the world, exposed. Those extra tires around the waist, the kids, the mortgage, graying of the temples, you wonder how you will find time to meet The Love-of-My Future. What will she think of me?

    I have spent a lot of time with some great men who have been ‘married’ to their work for years and years and now they are in a place where they have to put themselves out on the market again. I see it in their eyes. The jovial ‘I am King of the World’ skip in their step initially seems gone, the fear creeps in, they feel embarrassed or some shame around whatever got them to this moment in time.

    These great guys brush off their resumes and talk about themselves like they are someHoliday Inn Express instead of the Ritz Carltons they were a year or two ago (and still are) under their post-professional-breakup status. They are just bummed out to be on the job market again and begin to lick their wounds and boost their morale once they come to the realization they have to ‘date’ again. They have no choice but to move forward.

    Guys, you have many choices and here are five thoughts on seizing this unique moment in time: (More …)

  • don bosch 8:47 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    Wives often make great business partners.

  • don bosch 8:17 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    job hunting in the 1930’s (via)

  • don bosch 12:24 pm on 08/19/2014 Permalink
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    HuffPo: 16 Dads, 16 Different Paternity Leaves. Ultimately, your relationship with your boss and reputation at work will have the biggest affect on leave requests.

  • don bosch 10:22 am on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    JudgyBitch: 5 Legal Rights Women Have That Men Don’t. The comment threads on her posts are always interesting.

  • don bosch 8:01 am on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    Tent Making: Starbucks’ New Schedule Policy May Not Be Enough For Struggling Parents

    Staying parked at Starbucks isn’t a great long-term strategy. Forbes says people willing to change jobs command higher salaries. And we’ve abandoned the traditional breadwinner model anyway, so there’s that. Ultimately, Starbucks is just tweaking their employee management system to deal with Obamacare. Expect many other companies to do the same.

    UPDATE: Why guys get trapped in soul-sucking jobs

    From my own experience, men not living their true purpose in life are simply less potent and less effective leaders. If you have a son or daughter, think about what you are indirectly teaching them by playing it safe. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.” Is this going to be you?

    The ball is in your court.


  • don bosch 11:59 am on 08/13/2014 Permalink
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    10 Tricks to appear smart at meetings. Trick #11: Avoid meetings.

  • don bosch 8:16 am on 08/12/2014 Permalink
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    Are you respected in the workplace?

  • don bosch 11:33 am on 08/06/2014 Permalink
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    The life-cycle of democracies:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.

    Go read the whole thing. Then consider where we’re at, and what Good Men should do about it.

  • don bosch 7:49 am on 08/01/2014 Permalink
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    Leadership in business is a contact sport. (via LinkedIn)

    Apologizing to your boss may be warranted if you made an error in judgement that caused injury, but I disagree with apologizing for a bad habit. It’s more common to hear complaints about employees who are always apologizing but who never do anything about it.

    Better: Thank them for pointing the issue out, and let them know it’s something you’re working on – if in fact it is. We all have bad habits and personality quirks. Bosses are people too. There’s no reason to apologize for something in your personality that rubs your boss the wrong way, just like you wouldn’t expect him or her to apologize for the same.

    The biggest workplace sin next to abuse is not error, but idleness. That said, every time I’ve been counseled by bosses over the years, I’ve found a kernel of goodness that I could put in my pocket and learn from.

    Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored. –– From Proverbs, Chapter 27

  • don bosch 5:02 pm on 07/29/2014 Permalink
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    Why The Jordan Brand’s Lead Designer Left Nike.

    Mayden realized he’d never grasped the psychological effect that obesity could have on a child. And he felt a sudden sense of urgency. He left Nike, he says, because it was “the natural choice that any father would make,” to devote himself to finding the cause for his son’s rapid weight gain. He wanted to understand why, though he’d thought his family was living a healthy lifestyle, his son was having difficulty breathing and sleeping. He studied nutrition, genetics, GMO food products, and the way families were eating. The culprit Mayden points to today, diagnosed after visiting several doctors, was his son’s collection of food allergies and intolerances.

    Awesome sauce. Now he has a start-up. If you see one of these, you’ll have a great reason to buy one.

  • don bosch 10:02 am on 07/29/2014 Permalink
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    Boston father’s group grows.

    According to Mahaffey, the group includes single fathers, some who work from home, others who are new to town and looking to meet people, working dads who want to meet up with other dads and their kids, and full-time stay-at-home dads, who are perhaps the fastest growing subgroup.

    According to the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Research Project, there are more than two million fathers nationwide who do not work outside the home, nearly double the number since 1989. The numbers show that the 2007-2009 recession caused a rise in unemployment, contributing to the number of dads staying home, along with illness or disability.

    Another contributing factor involves the rise of women in higher-paying professions and changes in cultural attitudes toward men staying at home to raise children. In fact, the Pew research showed nearly a quarter of stay-at-home dads say they do so by choice.

  • don bosch 10:24 am on 07/27/2014 Permalink
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    No, it’s not your imagination: The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less.

    The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

    They told me if I voted Republican that the rich would get richer, and the poor would get poorer. And they were right!

    UPDATE: More here.

  • don bosch 8:58 am on 07/22/2014 Permalink
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    Evan Koons: Trees of the Field – Thoughts on Work

  • don bosch 1:33 pm on 07/16/2014 Permalink
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    Do Americans hate their jobs or not?

  • don bosch 11:21 am on 07/14/2014 Permalink
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    I think most guys aren’t happy about their jobs, but they do find satisfaction doing them, which is a different thing. They do them because they’ve got mouths to feed, and because work – and accomplishing tasks – is an honorable thing.

    Speaking of, here’s Mike Rowe’s Father’s Day post.

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