So, ITV has warned the cast to watch their eating habits between seasons. Here is the coverage on this weighty issue in the New York Post.
So, ITV has warned the cast to watch their eating habits between seasons. Here is the coverage on this weighty issue in the New York Post.
The business media, such as Forbes (read here), are busy deconstructing the death of Crumbs.
But most of what is being hammered as Lessons Learned is stuff we writers already know about trends. To survive, we had to anticipate what trends were on their way out. To thrive we had to be early adopters (but not too soon on the scene) on what was emerging that our clients needed to know about in their communications.
Everything changes. Those high-priced (up to two bucks a word) and plentiful opinion-editorials for brandname media became a lux item business leaders could no longer afford. After all, in addition to paying us they had to pony up plenty to media placement experts. In the D.C. area they charge about $15,000 a month. So it became obvious to us that we better ferret out other top-line kinds of assignments. I landed contracts to ghostwrite books.
Among what was becoming a force of influence has been tweeting. We writers made it known that we could capture in that short form the message of even the most conservative businesspeople. There is money there, unlike some other forms of social media.
What's next for us writers to pounce on? I predict a surge in short books. Some will be knocked off on computers. Some will be self-published with vendors like iUniverse.com. Some will be given the royal treatment and put out there by official publishing houses. We have to get in on that action. We do that by recommending short books as the new price of entry.
"While the company [Conde Nast] lifestyle is lavish, the company culture is fearful." Dominique Browning, Chapter 1 in 2010 book "Slow Love: How I Lost My Job Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness." Here you can order it from Amazon.com.
For about 10 years Dominique Browning managed to make it in a glam field: Editor-in-Chief at Conde Nast title House & Garden. Doing that, she knew, required being an astute game player. When the gig vanished, she took the time to decide what new way she wanted to live her life. What she accomplished in her book was confirming that making in big in glamour industries requires more than talent.
Before the members of the Class of 2018 select their majors and begin concrete career planning (nailing down internships) they should read "Slow Love." What game do they want to get into?
And before those already in those fields declare themselves "failures, they should consider if they want to overhaul how they are playing the game. By embracing a new set of values and behaviors they could begin to get ahead. They might not make it to the top of the food chain. However, they could gain access to more of the high compensation and perks in glam.
No, it's not too late to do course correction. That's the beauty of the American brand of capitalism. We can jump in at any time, at any stage of our careers and at any age and start the right moves.
A Baby Boomer colleague who was cut loose from a glam field made it his business to operate his own business in exactly the ways the game requires. "I made mistakes as an employee, being nice," he confided to me. Currently he keeps score on what favors he does and which are returned. In his industry which is full of fear he has become feared.
On the other hand, he is the same sweet guy in personal relationships. It's mandatory to set up a support system totally separate from work. That's where we go to nurture the human in us. The money and other goodies we generate by being a ferocious animal on the playing field nurture our capitalist side.
Generation Z's signature is: The Ethical Generation.
They care more about the world than about themselves. No selfies live here.
Those in public relations have to figure out how to connect with this unique group.
There are a variety of markers for this generation. I go with the born-from-1995 through-2012 parameters. In an article published in Payment Week today, I explain how different this group is from Millennials. Here you can read it.
Given that they are selfless, they are not wired to ignore the truth when that is convenient. In positioning and packaging their clients' points of view, public relations agents will have to do deep dives for information and insight that Generation Z will assess as accurate and relevant.
How to get their attention, to begin with? The oldest is 19. The youngest are todders. That's a wide spread. Those in communications might be smart to niche this. Create promotions which catch the eye (they are post-word, totally visual) of various age segments.
One common factor, though, is their love of food and beverages. Research shows they spend more of their money on the experience of eating and the big gulp than on anything else. Also, they enjoy hanging around the stove cooking up simple dishes. Unlike previous generations, they shun foods that are popped into the microwave.
Another unifying meme is love of family. The ethos might echo the times when immigrant families like mine huddled for survival under one roof. That was the multi-generational household. Through this generation, we aging might get respect again. My grandmother from Poland ruled as a powerful matriarch.
Like the patriots in colonial America, members of Generation Z can lead this nation to where no country had ever been. Members of the public relations community would be wise to catch the rhythm of that momentum.
We Baby Boomers loved Red Lobster and Talbots. The love affair ended when they stopped providing us with what we wanted.
At Talbots it was clothes for The Professional Woman who went into the workplace in the late 1970s. We couldn't make a mistake at Talbots, whether we needed an interview suit or a casual outfit for the company retreat.
Then, for whatever reasons, both diluted their focus on pleasing us. Talbots hasn't fully recovered. Time will if Golden Gate Capital, which bought Red Lobster from Darden last May, can turn it around.
It doesn't take much to get shut out of the group. That's the bad news about being a social being. The good news is that small changes can have big impacts in being included. So, it's puzzling why social workers, therapists and compassionate acquaintances don't clue the isolated mentally ill about how they can come to enjoy the benefits of being a part of. That includes healing.
At a twice-a-week lecture/discussion series, a middle aged man living at a group home attends. He is one of the 45 million of us who experience mental illness each year (Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration). Obviously, he is educated and bright. Afterwards when we mill around, no one joins him.
He keeps us away from him, through design or ignorance, through his "potato chip habit." Every twice-a-week, he brings a giant bag of chips, loudly eats them, and keeps wiping the grease from his hands on whatever. Dirty looks sent his way go unheeded.
Can't someone, anyone in his support system do some "potato chip therapy?" Gently clue him in. Such a small change could break open for him the usual ways we humans heal through socializing.
A former practicing lawer and industrial-strength influential in the tech world, Arrington doesn't take crap. He doesn't have to.
So, when his former girlfriend Jennifer Allen went public with allegations of everything from Arrington's rape of another woman to emotional abuse of herself, the world was all-ears. You don't take on Arrington lightly.
After taking other non-legal steps, Arrington filed a lawsuit against Allen for defamation. The rape allegation, of course, was the most dangerous to reputation. Well, as Alyson Shontell reports in Business Insider, that lawsuit has been dropped.
As Arrington wrote on his blog, notes Shontell, Allen "retracted her statement and apologized." Here is the BI coverage.
Activists focused on improving the world may be deciding that the rape meme, from the get-go, has not been built on the strongest of platforms.
For example, Laura Dunn, who has become iconic in media for having been a victim of campus rape, was drunk at the time. Come on, from the beginning of time, mothers have been telling their daughters about not allowing themselves to be in a vulnerable state in the presence of males. Intoxication makes females very vulnerable indeed.
Secondly, most alleged rapes happen in private, with no witnesses other than the two parties. Therefore, there is so much she said, he said. Supposed physical evidence of assault could have been the result of rough sex.
And, third, the limited resources of activism might be better leveraged in the cause of protecting children from child molestation. Research and experience, such as sitting in 12-step speaker meetings, show that is all too common and the trauma gets baked into the victim's wiring.
Females, at least in the U.S., are not innately helpless against rape. There are common sense precautions, such as hanging out and walking in groups. Also, forget getting drunk in mixed company. Children are defenseless.
Current Wellness movement will never have the traction of the simple Great Escape of drinking the day away.
Allegedly actor Shia LaBeouf did just that. Now he's in trouble but he has the resources to get himself out of the pickle.
The last time I did just that was when I had to put to sleep two dogs, Nicole and Joshua, in a short time. Booze, plenty of it, got me through.
Sure, we are supposed to mature and find other kinds of coping mechanisms. Some years later I bumped into mindfulness. When Jason my cat passed on, I got on the cushion at a Buddhist temple. Of course, it worked. In fact, I got to the other side of that and adopted rescue dog Lee K.
But, nothing will replace booze as mankind's multi-purpose tool for holding off reality, at least for all that day of drinking.
From business to churches most of the leadership had been moving along on the assumption that the worst was over. Then came the Q1 GDP report that the economy had contracted 2.9%. Here is the coverage in The New York Times.
So, what do you do?
First, don't panic. In that breakthrough book "Confidence," Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Kanter nails panic as the major reason business goes into a downward trajectory. Usually there is plenty to do to overhaul or finetune one's cash position to weather the whatevers.
Secondly, figure out what is most marketable and promote that. If you are a religious group and what brings in revenue are career seminars pull out all stops with publicity for them. Sideline for now developmental projects.
Third, figure out more affordable ways to get things done. That might mean investing time and energy searching the freelance market for copywriters rather than continuing with a brandname agency. More and more help-wanteds on Craigslist indicate "individuals only, no firms or agencies."
Fourth, take better care of yourselves. Research shows the productive value of a good night's sleep. Problem solving is better and more efficient during the morning.
Fifth, remain in the now. Regretting past decisions only are fantasies about what could have been outcomes, not what were actual outcomes.
We all are waiting for Q2 GDP results. They could be better than Q2. They could be worse. They could be the same. Since we don't know, we play the cards right in our current hand.
For five years Victor Jesus Tehran has been parachuting into food services, turning them around.
Maybe the cafeteria in the academic institution isn't earning a profit.
Maybe the owner of a catering service wants to bring it to the next level - elite. And hasn't been able to pull that off yet.
They contact Tehran. His signature has become what he calls the "Business Trinity." Those are the three factors he focuses on to work his miracles:
Tehran has never had any formal education or training in business. His schooling consisted of two years of culinary school.
In customer service, he observes how the guests react when they enter the setting. Part of that is the interface between them and the employees. "In 90% of the time," reports Tehran, "customer service is the main problem. It has been going downhill for a while."
According to him, a customer will never tell you what's wrong. The exception would be if service is really bad and that's where you don't want to get to. So, Tehran puts the burden on himself to get a conversation going for the customer to begin going negative. Soon enough, the customer is pouring out details about what has been unsatisfactory.
Customer service is so important because, as Tehran stresses, "If guests feel they have been well served, in 75% of the cases they will forgive everything else."
When it comes to the employees the usual situation is that they have not been properly trained. Tehran tries to help them keep their jobs. He ensures they receive the information they need. If they don't want to go with the new program, they won't. They will simply leave.
When it comes to employees, observes Tehran, "it's really binary. Either they will conform or they won't. More of a challenge is the owner. It's typical that the owner doesn't want to admit the situation is as troubled as it is."
Most of the time the problem with the product comes down to money. The organization has to be willing to spend the money. If it isn't, Tehran won't accept the assignment. Customers can pick right up that the owner is cutting corners with quality.
Each item made and served, Tehran has found out, "must be done with love. For chefs, this must be a passion. The work is too hard for anyone to go into it just for the paycheck. In culinary school, those who left or were forced out lacked that passion."
After the turnaround, Tehran remains about a month. On his watch list is that no one in the loop, ranging from owner to chef to wait staff, create any new bad habits.
Tehran can be reached at email@example.com.