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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Prairie Home Cancels Bops
The Ditty Bops' appearance on A Prairie Home Companion next week in St Paul has been cancelled. Hopefully it will be rescheduled for a later date.
North of 40:Delegating decisions
Many people have difficulty making decisions. They find they have too many choices in life and aren't able to compare one to the other, because they can't foresee all of the outcomes at once, or they're deathly afraid of making a mistake, or even worse, they don't even care enough to think about the decision. Well, what you need to do is to force other people to make the decision for you. The simplest way to do that is by making outrageous demands. There is no quicker way to find out how much a person, or a company, cares for you than to ask them to do things they don't want to do. If you have a $50,000-a-year job and another company is trying to lure you away from it, tell them you want $300,000 a year plus a $100,000 signing bonus. It may seem a little over the top, but at this point in your career you have nothing to lose. Those kinds of demands send a message to the new company that you have a lot of confidence and feel you are worth a lot of money. They don't need to know the truth -- the truth that every company you've ever worked for thought a lot more of you at hiring time than they did once you started working there. You have to take advantage of that. You're like the bride at a Baptist wedding -- you hold all the cards. If the new company says "no," you're no worse off than you were. If the new company says "yes," you're in great shape. And most importantly, the decision was made for you. Give it a try. If it works well for you, who knows, maybe you could become a professional athlete.Fun With YouTube
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