Teddy Talk

Michelle Obama is criticizing Sheryl Sandburg’s TED talks which advised women to “lean in” at work to get ahead. The former First Lady does not believe it’s appropriate to put the burden on individual women rather than change corporate policies. I’m somewhat in the Sandburg camp. Performance is key. Yet. Can’t have it all at the same time. Agree.

In that regard, Bloomberg study proves my fear that a #MeToo backlash would be swift and severe. Men are now afraid to be alone with women in and out of the workplace. That will mean more segregation and less opportunities for women to be where business is often conducted. And. Now more than ever important to keep teddies hidden and only wear professional attire.

Speaking of Teddy Ruxpin redux. That old animatronic talking bear is making a resurgence this Christmas. Its ignominious financial collapse was the stuffing of the 1987 market crash.

Never forget that deal or that day.

Pepsi Generation Moms

As PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi’s tenure comes to a close, business and personal questions collide. Shareholder growth vs. stability. She afforded the latter to the company, yet according to her it suffered at home. Indra said being a mom is a full-time job and she couldn’t do both well. Her daughter as much as told her so. When one of the few women in the Fortune 500’s dwindling list of C-Suite female leads says that, it’s a blow. Even if true. Something’s gotta give.

Drop the Mike, Mike!

This is why I wrote in Mike Bloomberg for President in 2016. Wouldn’t it have been refreshing to have this New York billionaire businessman in the White House? Country before party. Solving problems with intelligence, long term strategic vision, and heart. Loved him as Mayor. But. Americans are probably not ready to be so united and smart.

Mike is giving $80 million and here’s “Why He’s Supporting Democrats in 2018”

Un “Friended”

Un “friended” Mark Zuckerberg today. Deactivated Facebook page. Who knows what that even means? Data is out there. Can’t put private info back in a box. Yes. A purely symbolic gesture. Sure my 10 “friends” will be devastated.

There are so many other platforms where personal data is monetized as well. It’s called business. And now. They’ve become vital for companies to grow. For job recruitment. For charitable and political communities to mobilize. For families and real friends to connect. Unfortunately ISIS and Neo-Nazis use them the same way.

More Yellin’

Janet Yellin left the Fed Chair chair and then sent the markets reelin’. She just spoke the truth. From her it was tellin’. Markets are overvalued. But. February 6, 2017 stocks were at 20,000. So.

More yellin’ about pets on airplanes. Broken record alert! Thanks though to David Leonhardt in the NYTimes for makin’ the case so well. ” It is one of the downsides of a modern culture that too often fetishizes individual preference and expression over communal well-being. ”

Poor Gronk was robbed! Insult to injury. Maybe somebody’s tellin’ him to retire. And what was Chris Christie doin’ in the beach audience of Live with Kelly & Ryan at the Atlantis?

Curb Your Traditions

Sinterklaas Eve. Dutch tradition. December 5th. Putting carrots out for Sint Niklaas so he will fill the wooden shoes with candy for the children. No chimneys involved. Nor toys. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could leave it at that? Done! Kids can get toys & games all year long now anyway. On Amazon. Not only is bricks & mortar retail on its last gasp. So soon is consumer Christmas! Back to families, carols & food. Yay.

Larry David & Lin Manuel Miranda’s Fatwa! the Musical. Please. Broadway!

btw Deutsche Bank isn’t Dutch.

The Upside Down

9 hours of Stranger Things. An allegorical sci-fi thriller with an exorcism thrown in. Kids are good actors. Weekend diversion. Another season assured. Follow the Three Musketeers wrapper to Dustin’s buddy d’Artagnan crashing an upside down Snow Ball dance. Now-memories.

Downside up. As discussed, the #MeToo movement may have unintended consequences. Sheryl Sandberg agrees. Men may eschew women in the workplace. Dating done?

Upside. Claire Underwood lives! House of Cards continues. Frank killed off?!
And. Christiane Amanpour. Replacing Charlie Rose on PBS.

Holiday photo by G. Levine:   Shelburne Centre, Western Massachusetts.