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Wednesday, June 4. 2014
How to Enter a Room Like a Boss
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Re: How to Enter a Room Like a Boss
more BS. that website is for aspirational wannabe junior-whatever bros who will never master the "art of manliness" because for them, its not something you are, but something you brand yourself as.
either you're already the boss and it doesn't matter how you enter the room and/or you don't need this explained; or you're not, and anyone who matters sees through that kind of posturing.
holy shi'ite, go listen to Sinatra.
Look at Kid File Clerk, second pic. Put him in a real suit and douse him in "George Clooney" scent and he'll still be a file clerk because you are what you do, not the image you project.
He might have command presence in a little league baseball dugout. If so, he doesn't have to mimic the trappings of leadership because he already is the boss. So whether he swaggers to the mound like Patton slapping GIs or shuffles like Matlock in trial doesn't matter.
Teach a kid that how you enter a room is important and you teach him to conflate branding with doing, or being. This is exactly the problem liberals have, they'll protect their brand at any cost, no matter how stupid or feckless.
Actually, the image you present helps tremendously to get what you want.
Sure, dress him up and douse him in George Clooney scent and he's still a file clerk. But if he's going for that desk job and he's up against 30 other equally qualified candidates, dressing up and smelling of George will help him tremendously.
I agree kids need to not mistake branding for accomplishment - we teach that here at the office constantly. But when the day comes and all these kids are going for the job the next level up, and they all do the same thing, pretty much the same way, what's the differentiating factor?
What image does he/she project?
So yes, by all means enter the room like a boss - but make sure you can back it up with what you've accomplished. I've had plenty of cocky young kids blow up - they leave and convince some other poor schlep they were unusually successful because they project that image, and I'm more than happy to let them go. If asked directly, I can't say anything bad about these kids, but I'll always say something along the lines of "How they look and act are not always what they are..."
File Kid is going to know how to act without having to be told because he's figured it out on the way to being a good, competent file clerk. He's observed the next rung and the rung after that. He knows how good associates, junior partners, VPs, CFOs etc open doors.
The "how to be a manly man among men" website seems to me to put the cart before the horse. Image before being.
I somehow think you're missing a key point.
I know plenty of guys like "file kid" who, just because they saw it, didn't get it.
It's not putting the cart before the horse at all. Image counts. It's just not everything, and I didn't get the impression this site even implied it was everything.
well, the only advice I've got to File Clerks who want to make partner is work your ass off and be the best clerk in the firm, you'll absorb enough of the culture so you won't have to be told how to puff up before walking through doors.
this is the difference between being and branding. being conveys a positive, confident image as a natural byproduct. branding is makeup or a costume. its someone telling you to stretch, make yourself taller, check your zipper, give a manly handshake, etc.
that bro-site is all about branding.
I can say without malice or irony that I hope every child of a Democrat becomes transgendered: why should he/she live the life fulfilling one’s deepest self?
Light Rail in Hudson County (shown in the picture) is a mess. I voted against it way back when.
It primarily services the malls in Newport (Jersey City). Nobody I know uses it, though someone is likely to say "You're not poor and in need of public transport."
I ride the train/bus to the city every day, and when I lived in Hoboken (and didn't have a car) it was never an issue that no light rail existed. Hoboken provided what I needed, and if it didn't, I took the PATH or bus.
Never mind the fact that I pay for the light rail and don't use it. If light rail was a good idea, local governments should allow private business to run it, not the corrupt and ill-managed NJ Transit.
What? And break the rice bowls of the corruptocrats? For SHAME!
Yeah, well, that's the rub isn't it?
You can't open a private transport in Hoboken without greasing palms and jumping through hoops.
When I lived there, a company opened called "Apple Bus". They bought 20 old buses (really old) and fixed them up. $1 to ride into the side street by the Port Authority. They skirted the law for some time, always under pressure to shut down. Not sure if they still exist (actually pretty sure they got shut down), but by the end the PA had to recognize them and gave them a slot in the building, which I'm sure cost them an arm and a leg and is probably what drove them out of business.
You can't stay private if they force you to use the public facilities at whatever rate they set. At some point, the government makes the private companies pay for their public incompetence.
Ralph Peters' so sincerely expressed outrage on this supremely distasteful event should be enough to teach the administration and its toadies what "honor and distinction" actually mean. The President and his cabinet are, yet again, so far out of touch though that I don't hold out much hope.
I wonder if the press intends to keep up printing critical remarks about administration policies...
Light rail is and always has been a way for politicians to reward the unions for getting them elected. It is a transfer of wealth from all tax payers to select cities their politicians and cronies. It is payola pure and simple. A union construction project costs about 30% then it would if it were non-union.
In Portland Oregon they spent billions on light rail and they basically replaced existing bus lines which cost about $.50 per passenger with a light rail line that costs about $20 per passenger. It has actually been a fiscal disaster and the voters have rejected it time after time and the politicians have simply rammed it through without regard to what the voters wanted. The single most significant effect that Portland has seen as a result of light rail is that now gang and punk crime is no longer confined to the "bad" parts of town and in general can be found near any light rail station in the greater metro area. So when light rail comes to your town and you live in the safe suburbs remember it's unintended consequence is to bring the gangs and crime to your doorstep. It is difficult to tell which is the greater criminal: the mugger at the station that takes your wallet and maybe $100 or the politicians that increases your property taxes to pay for light rail which makes it possible for the criminal to rob you.
Your John Oliver link goes to Vox.com. I will not knowingly click a link for them.
Domestic Terrorists/Extremists: Somehow, I don't see DOJ targeting anti-Jewish people/groups. (See CAIR.)
Camping Trip Cancelled: Idjits.
Light Rail: Portland lite rail is only two cars--because that's all down-town can handle.
Steyn: Hits the mark!
#6 BlogDog: Why should he, I, or any of the rest of the MF readers trust anything from Vox or Ezra Klein and his henchmen?