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Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

 

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis:

Uma Thurman's Stalker Arrested in Potomac

North Potomac (AP)- A man convicted of stalking actress Uma Thurman has been arrested in Maryland on charges that he called her office despite a court order to leave her alone. Jack Jordan was arrested in North Potomac, Md., shortly before Thanksgiving on charges of violating a restraining order by calling the actress’s office.

Bethesda Man Sentenced to Jail and Fined $60,000 for the Sale of Illegal Rockfish

One of Washington's largest seafood wholesalers has been fined over $500,000 for the sale of illegal rockfish for over 10 years.

Federal prosecutors say Ocean Pro, Ltd, which also operates by the name of Profish, has been ordered to pay a $575,000 fine. The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office states that the Vice President of Ocean Pro, Ltd, its fish buyer, and a waterman were sentenced to jail.

Timothy Lyon of Bethesda, Md. officer and part owner of the company has been sentenced to 21 months in jail and a $60,000 fine alone.  The fish buyer Benjamin Clough of Graysonville, Md. was sentenced to 15 months and a $7,000 fine. Lastly, waterman Gordon Jett of Fredericksburg was sentenced to five months and $4,572 in restitution.

Gaithersburg Marriott Staff Served Thanksgiving to Firefighters

Being away from family on Thanksgiving was a little easier this year for firefighters at Station #31 in North Potomac, Md., thanks to associates of the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center (Gaithersburg Marriott). Hotel representatives dished out traditional holiday fare especially for 10 of these heroes on November 23.

“We rely on the firefighters at station #31 to keep our guests and associates safe,” says Michele Pajot, general manager at the Gaithersburg Marriott. “Bringing them this special meal and presenting it with holiday flare is one way that we can thank them for the selfless work that they do every day.”

The executive chef and other hotel associates planned and created a special meal for the firefighters, in the midst of the hotel’s own busy holiday season. Firefighters feasted on honey poached turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies and other holiday favorites.