When Your Business Blogger was in the army way back in the days of the horse cavalry, I had a boss, Captain Akroyd, who once gave me a memorable ‘corrective interview.’ The West Pointer said I needed to concentrate on my Attention to Detail.
And, in lacking that quality (back then!), I am, of course, very quick to criticize the same lack in others (today).
I often see this lack in the spelling of our names: Charmaine has an unusual first name that is often misspelled, or misidentified. Yoest, a Flemish name, is often misspelled.
The cliche goes: There is no bad PR, as long as they spell your name right.
So it was memorable that my name would be misspelled and insulted in the same article. Very bad.
Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants who blogs at AccMan gets my name wrong and uses bad language.
My new best friend, Dennis Howlett might be right half the time. But these would not be the odds one would take.
From an accountant.
New tag line:
Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants — We’re Right Half the Time! We’re British!
We May Have Lost the Empire, But We Won’t Lose Your Money!
Thank you (foot)notes: I do hope Dennis Howlett is not disqualified for the AcountancyAge Awards 2006 coming up on 15 November. His ciphering is no doubt more accurate than his spelling. More at the jump.
Management Training Tip: Get the name right; both sight and sound, for the eye and ear, spelling and pronunciation.
Somehow politics don’t depress Mr. Hewitt. He walks in a murky world, but to watch him you’d think he lives perpetually on a sunny hill. His advice to young would-be culture changers (like me!) was two-fold:
1) Take Montaigne’s advice, “Constant cheerfulness is a mark of a truly wise person” and
National Review Online So Charmaine gets bumped and dumped from Bill O’Reilly on Fox. She was to debate the Foley fallout. But a plane crashing into a building in New York City might command better ratings and revenues.
But no matter. We skip over to NRO’s open bar bash at Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse in Washington, DC. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary.
“Hey,” I say to Charmaine. “Look-it who’s here!” I’m moving into the swarm of 500, leaning forward.
She says, “Yes, Romney’s straight ahead.”
“No,” as I push Laura Ingraham aside. (She looks marvelous.) She topples over Rebecca Hagelin from Heritage, spilling a drink on Kathryn Lopez. I dodge Rich Lowery. I’m almost there.
Charmaine’s got my coattail telling me to stop. My target’s in range. Jonah Goldberg and Kate O’Beirne start backing away. But it’s not them I’m after. Elaine Donnelly is off to the side wondering why she ever retained me…
I push the other groupies away — and fall at his feet and grovel. Paul Mirengoff, from Powerline looks down benignly. (This supplication happens quite a bit.) “Yes, my son…”
“Paul,” I beg, “Please link to me.”
I could see a kind look in his eye before security rudely pulls me off. Liberal union thugs.
*The Alert Reader will note: the ‘New’ as adjective for Reasoned Audacity in this post. We were considering a nifty trick Lee A. Iacocca performed as he was rescuing Chrysler in the early 1980’s. He officially changed the automaker’s name to ‘The New Chrysler Corporation.’ So that every time reporters mentioned the troubled company’s name the copy would read, “The New Chrysler Corporation.” The only thing new was Iacocca and the name (and a lot of managers)…
…The government bailout didn’t hurt either. But it gave the public the perception that new and good and wonderful things were coming out of Chrysler.
Think in terms of strange questions. I’m not only talking about the overworked tree falling in the forest here. Of course, thinking about whether or not there is indeed a sound can help trigger new ways of looking at the world. The point is to move far away from your routine framework of thought. New worlds await discovery. It may as well be you who plants the first flag. Right?
Wayne reminds Your Business Blogger of my favorite creative question:
What would you never do?
It usually makes the staff and clients uncomfortable or even angry. But it makes them get off the dime.
Your Business Blogger unjustly suggested that John Aravosis at AmericaBlog had deliberately, with malice aforethought, deleted a photo of Charmaine he took during the G-8 and blow up of 7.7 in London last year. I was looking for that particular shot of Charmaine, but I lost my copy. (I’m looking for a way to blame the kids.)
John, in an email exchange, becomes unhinged, as liberals are known to do and calls me a “goof.” The slander! The hate! l’insulte!
And then he asks me for the photo when I find it. John smugly assumed that I had it stored in some hidden folder and that I would eventually uncover it.