Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard or seen the news about the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and their owner, Donald Sterling. Sterling’s now-famous comments to his girlfriend were taped and made public. If you have not heard about it, you can catch up here.
What followed this story were more stories (and more will come as this is not over yet) about the reactions from players, the NBA, Sterling’s wife and Sterling’s continued PR fails (How do you attack Magic Johnson?).
Today, however, I discovered 32 people who like basketball, the NBA, and they are decidedly not racist.
(Disclaimer: This post is restricted to just the NBA.)
This morning I attended a presentation titled, “Meet the Young Authors”. During this presentation, 32 diverse (in culture, skin color, etc.) second graders read aloud their very own stories that each wrote and illustrated. The stories ranged from aliens to animals, from dreams to fantasy, and from superheroes to sports. In fact, several of the stories were about basketball. (One of my favorites was by a young author who had Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan dunking on each other!)
After each story was read out loud, the author then shared a few items about who they were, what they liked/didn’t like, and what they wanted to be when they grew up. And yes, each author of a basketball story included being a player in the NBA as one of their items.
But, here’s the thing: each author has a different ancestry, a different culture, a different accent, and a different skin color. Yet they all love basketball and have similar favorite players.
Oh, to be so wise as these young authors.
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I am currently reading Michael Lewis‘ new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. A quick overview of the book can be found here.
DISCLAIMER: I HAVE NOT FINISHED THE BOOK AT THE TIME OF THIS POST.
So why am I writing a post about the book if I have not yet finished reading it?
In chapter four, there is a section where it is shared that while the big banks, etc., are working to keep their actions confidential, “DIY detectives” were able to find all the information they wanted by connecting with bank employees on LinkedIn and reviewing their profiles, resumes, etc.
Knowing the ongoing discussions around companies wanting access to employees or potential hires’ social accounts, I found myself asking the following:
- Will one possible ripple effect of this book be that companies attempt to crack down on employees’ LI profiles?
- If so, can they do so? Legally?
Personally, I don’t know. It’s just a question that popped into my head while reading the book.
What do you think?
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The other day we were discussing some clothes that she had picked out for me. (Whenever she puts an outfit together for me, I receive compliments.)
E: “Mom, I’m really glad you listen to me when it comes to your clothes.”
Me: “Well, you do a very good job of dressing me.”
E: “Thank you. But I feel sorry for Daddy.”
E: (With attitude) “He has NO sense of fashion.”
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I’m starting a new adventure and know that I have a lot to learn. You know, “flying the plane while building it”?
Actually, it’s not that bad.
Basically I am heading out on my own again – from a business standpoint. I’ve learned quite a bit over the past few years and continue to do so.
I’m working on a new website, following up on some leads and opportunities, and basically, just believing in myself.
I’ll keep you posted and if you have any thoughts or want to share your start-up experiences, please do so!!!
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Lately I’ve noticed what is to me a disturbing trend. As documented in a #FF post on Spin Sucks, I am an avid college football fan. I mean, you can ask my husband – on Saturdays, college football is on all day long. (Clemson Tigers!)
Here is what I’m seeing and hearing. Before, during and after the game, a sports reporter does brief interviews on the sidelines with each head coach.
The reporter asks a few questions and usually ends the short interview with “Thanks, Coach”. Until this season.
This season I’ve noticed that when the interview is over, the reporter is saying, “Thanks, Dabo” (Swinney). Or, “Thanks, Nick” (Saban). Or, “Thanks, Steve” (Spurrier). No “Thanks, Coach”.
This gets my goat. Since when is it appropriate to call Coach by his first name? I must have missed that memo.
Here is my thought process: The reporter has a professional relationship with these coaches. Coach is the respectful term – it’s a title.
Reporters, please stop. Respect the coaches for who they are and what they are doing – being Coach.
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