VIDEO: Aging with acceptance and optimism

VIDEO: Aging with acceptance and optimism


 

 


 

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hello today is my birthday and of course  that’s not unexpected it’s done  scheduled it’s known it’s been coming  for quite a while and last few weeks  I’ve certainly thought about it more  than once the implications of reaching  this advanced age and I’ll admit my  attitude toward it was pretty well  reflected by the change in the seasons  as the day is that shorter darker damper  the leaves turned and fell from the  trees I was thinking about maybe I  should move into sort of an elder role  back off from some goals not expect  quite so much out of life and just turn  into an old man but I happened to hear  an interview with the actor Michael  Caine and he mentioned that at his 62nd  birthday which is the age on that right  now  he’s seriously considered giving up his  acting career because he wasn’t getting  the roles as the romantic lead anymore  they wanted him to be the secondary  character actor and he didn’t want to do  that but his good friend Jack Nicholson  talked him into taking one of those  roles and now that he’s 85 years old  he has continued to make a movie or  three every year including what Michael  Caine considers some of his best work  more important closer to home my good  friend Ralph Lee Smith who was a great  musician and the world’s foremost expert  on dulcimers he was in Greenwich Village  you know with the Beat Generation and  got to know Bob Dylan and Joan Baez he  had his 92nd birthday this week 92 he’s  30 years older than I am  30 years that’s a lot of life in the  past 30 years I I met married and raised  three fine adults with my beloved wife  Christine it may be just as many more  adventures successes disappointments  ideas I mean who knows what’s gonna  happen in the next 30 years  maybe I’ll get those and you know maybe  I won’t maybe I’ve just got today  like everyone we’ve only got today a  long string of “nows” now to appreciate  where we are what we’ve got and what  might be next to anticipate contemplate  and that’s what happens on my birthday  when I get a greeting from a good friend  like you who reminds me that I matter to  other people and that those other people  matter so much to me so your birthday  greeting makes a big difference to me  thanks for reaching out and reminding me  that what really matters is our impact  on other people and the impact of other  people on us I appreciate you and thanks  for reminding me of how much you  appreciate me happy birthday to us all  so long
 


 

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Sample Chapter of Crimes of Cunning


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Chapter 1
Haunted Hallways

I reminded myself that we were in a well-lit office, not a dark alley. No need to get aggressive yet. I relaxed my jaw and tried to keep the fear out of my voice as I replied, “If you pull my people off your project, there’s no way you’ll meet the delivery date.”

My client looked at me blandly, as if he had delivered a weather forecast. In fact, he had devastated my sales forecast. Five fewer of my consultants billing their time to this client meant there was no way I would meet quota to earn my bonus. I needed him to engage with me. I forced a response with a direct question that was also a threat. “Did Juan approve this staffing cut?”

“Why would I check with Juan?” asked the Director of Information Systems Development (ISD) for Billing Systems. He ran his finger down a page of the MCI internal directory as he spoke, “Nobody (more…)

Author’s Preface to Crimes of Cunning


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Author’s Preface

Mamas,
don’t let your babies
grow up to be corporate cowboys.
Or make ’em be
bankers and lawyers and such.

In the 1980s, I was a minor participant in major trends that would blow up the world economy in 2008, determine the dehumanizing workplace culture of today, and establish the Wall Street plutocracy that still guides governments and blames the poor for the plight of the middle class. Our descent began in the eighties, from endless e-mails to mind-numbing meetings, deregulated banks to defunded pensions, mortgage-backed securities to job insecurity, hedge fund royalty to vanishing loyalty, private equity to income inequality, even Starbucks ubiquity and business books’ vacuity.

I reluctantly admit that I eagerly supported every aspect of it. I ate the dog food and drank the Kool-Aid™. I believed in and tried to practice the free market economics and financial engineering I had been taught at the University of Chicago. I worked nights and weekends at an investment bank to help create a trading platform for one of the first derivatives. I willfully immersed myself in the toxic corporate culture of MCI. I was a true believer who gave thanks to capitalist economists Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan, cowboy capitalists Bill McGowan and Michael Milken, and most of all to cowboy president Ronald Reagan for making the 1980s “Morning in America.”

I was wrong. Now, I am mourning for America. This novel, detailing a descent and incipient redemption similar to my own, is partial penance and restitution. I hope this story encourages my readers to make better choices and a better world than I did.

After experiencing MCI, I began my search for a way of working that encouraged people to produce results while feeling appreciated, connected, and healthy. That quest made me an executive coach and gave me a life dedicated to workplaces of humanity and prosperity.

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Lurking amongst the thousands of words in this book are a few dozen that are considered profanity, including certain stalwart Anglo-Saxon four letter words beginning with f and s. Since a major goal of this story is to convey a sense of the time and environment in which events are set, I chose to use herein the exact, if impolite, language I heard and occasionally used. I regret any upset or disturbance this accuracy may cause the sensitive reader but expressing your objection is likely to incite the author to use these very same words in reference to the complainant.

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Crimes of Cunning


 

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Crimes of Cunning

A comedy of personal and political transformation in the deteriorating American workplace.

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Fast-paced, funny, and smart. This novel puts you into the world of a young MBA striving to succeed at a famous high-tech company. Brash and confident yet comically inept, Tony clashes with colleagues, clients, and even his biggest supporters.

He fires his most loyal employee, derails the career of his only friend, and nearly destroys his young marriage before transforming from chilly corporate collaborator to empathetic executive coach. Laugh and learn as his clients turn criminal, corporations collapse, and compassion triumphs.

It should be as much the aim of those who seek for social-betterment to rid the business world of crimes of cunning as to rid the entire body politic of crimes of violence.

–Theodore Roosevelt, 1901

A veteran executive coach draws on his years inside Arthur Andersen, Wall Street, and MCI to share a moving story that explains why your 401k shrank, your house is underwater, and your job stinks. The comedy and conflict illustrate management methods and personal practices that can improve your career and deepen your personal relationships.

 



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What would you give up to truly give?

 


 

It is rare indeed that people give.

 

Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is the system of reality in what they assume themselves to be. One can give nothing whatever without giving oneself – that is to say, risking oneself.

 

If one cannot risk oneself, then one is simply incapable of giving.

 

–The Price of the Ticket:
Collected Nonfiction 1948-1985
by James Baldwin
Page 370

 


 

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