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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Retirement
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:59 AM
    Tim Timmons announced his retirement today.
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  • A planned rally is lame; forge onward onto light
    Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:22 AM
    Tired of working for less money than you think you’re worth?
    Then march in to the boss’ office and demand at least, at the very least, a 10 percent raise.
    Tell them that you are not going to be taken advantage of anymore.
    Tell them that you are better than most of the clowns you work with.
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  • Time to step up is now – right now
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:43 AM
    As you might imagine, we get a lot of information at the worldwide HQ. It’s the nature of the business. Been that way at every newspaper I’ve had the pleasure of working at across five states and I’ve-lost-track-of-how-many-newspapers.
    Most of it carries its own importance.
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  • Joke tells tale on taking care of customer
    Sunday, March 22, 2020 4:15 AM
    Management lessons are everywhere. From the way you are treated as a customer at fast-food places to the mail you get, unsolicited as well as those nasty bills, to watching TV. We can and should always be learning.
    Sometimes those lessons can come in the form of humor. I ran across this joke the other day and it contained a pretty valuable management lesson. Please allow me to share.
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  • Self-quarantine, social distance & other terms we didn’t know 3 weeks ago
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:35 AM
    It’s been a fascinating stretch, hasn’t it?
    Gov. Eric Holcomb called it the new normal. That pretty much nails it.
    Two weeks ago if someone told you that schools would be closed, March Madness would be canceled and that you wouldn’t be able to find toilet paper this side of Antarctica you would have laughed.
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  • MUFFY, good guys, RC ’20 and coronavirus . . .
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:55 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a political sign, “Vote yourself a farm and a horse – vote Abe Lincoln.”
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    REGULAR READERS – all eight or nine of you – might recall that I’ve taken the good folks at MUFFY to task a time or two of late. The issues, just in case you missed them, include a very rough year of fund-raising, 10 months without having a director in place, a lack of transparency and lastly the possibility of moving the local United Fund – long known as MUFFY – into a position where it would be managed by United Way in Lafayette.
    However, local board leaders indicated that they plan to have a meeting with local media to answer questions.
    Good on them!
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  • Bricks, building or throwing, are useful
    Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:29 AM
    OK, if you read this column last week then you know we took a break from the serious, day-to-day grind and wandered down Chuckle Ave. Maybe it’s the spring-like weather this week, but I could use a few more smiles. So, for your potential enjoyment and pleasure, here’s a glimpse at a different way to make hires.
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  • Hammer struggling with hypocrisy coming from Democrats
    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:53 AM
    “Did you hear what that kid from South Bend said, Timmons?”
    It was quiet one minute and I was wondering if Depends really work the next.
    Sigh.
    A typical Saturday morning in the office. Things are quiet. I was listening to the Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 album. Truth to tell, with that kind of background, I was getting a ton of work done.
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  • Use little humor at work to ‘lighten’ the load, mood
    Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:59 AM
    For the next few weeks we’ll share some oldies but goodies that, hopefully, give you cause to smile. As regular readers of this column know, management and work in general should not be all that serious all the time. Of course it should always be about moving forward and accomplishing goals. However, sometimes the best way to get there is to get people to relax a little – and humor can be a big help.
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  • The most powerful man you never heard of . . .
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:14 AM
    One of the most powerful men in the wild world of spies and espionage is from Crawfordsville. In the CIA, he quite literally became the man who really ran the agency, serving under four different presidents and seven directors.
    The story of Benjamin C. Evans Jr. is deftly told by veteran journalist Douglas A. Wissing in a new book, “Gentleman in the Shadows: Benjamin C. Evans Jr. and the Central Intelligence Agency.” The book, published by the Indiana Historical Press, is available for $24.95
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  • You don’t want to turn into a weather forecaster
    Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:35 AM
    Not too long ago, it was a Thursday I think, TV weather people started sounding the alarm . . . snow, freezing rain, wind, ice. You know the drill.
    Schedules started going in the toilet. Schools, businesses, churches, everyone started canceling. Milk and bread disappeared from the grocery store shelves faster than a brownie on my kitchen counter . . . you know the drill.
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  • Readers’ Choice, MUFFY and the Big Cookie . . .
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:28 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a “Big Cookie Says” bumper sticker . . .

    Readers’ Choice will fall short of a million votes this year – but we’re not too upset about it. Last year, when we went over 1 million, we held the contest open longer than normal. This year, we’re going to cut it off soon so that it ends in February like it used to. Looks like we’ll likely finish between 600,000 and 700,000 votes – which means I’ll be using fingers, toes, jelly beans and Carter’s pills to do the counting. Still, I’m betting we figure out the winners before Iowa does.
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  • Take lesson from Nancy Pelosi
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:46 AM
    I am hesitant to bring up politics when it comes to a management column. It’s not that I mind having a political discussion – I actually enjoy those. But the issue is that some people are so narrow-minded that they can’t get past the point of view expressed, so they never get to the lesson.
    I know you are all better than that.
    Did you watch the State of the Union speech earlier this week? Whether you like the president or not, you probably noticed the actions coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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  • Fighting way past negativity
    Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:54 AM
    As I may have mentioned once or 12 times, I’m a nerd. Ask my wife or daughters, and they’ll back that up. Quickly.
    I tend to read lots of management books and articles. When I do sit down to watch TV, I usually end up on The Learning Channel, Discovery or one of those channels. To be totally honest, I’m very sure that five decades ago my parents would’ve been absolutely delighted if I had enjoyed learning this much, but unfortunately for them, that particular passion didn’t strike until way past the end of school.
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  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:32 PM
    Smithsonian Magazine, which by the way, is one of my favorite reads, had an article a few years back that looked at the year 1908.
    It was an exciting time. America was the land of infinite possibilities. It would seem the only thing that held anyone back was the reach of their imagination.
    Consider:
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