Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

Staying warm

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2011 at 12:42 am

The comedian George Carlin once said, the “weather forecast for tonight:  dark.  Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.”

I have a special feeling for George Carlin because in another place and time, my high school graduating class voted to have him as our guest speaker at graduation. Congressman Barbara Jordan came in second in the voting. Texas State Representative Sissy Farenthold, who received the third highest number of votes, was our speaker that year.

I really liked Carlin’s quote about weather because this winter has been particularly challenging for many people in the United States and around the world, and it has been hard to predict. Having lived in Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa, I know that my neighbors in Houston should be careful about how loudly they complain about the cold weather here….even though it is more than many of us are used to.

One of the things to consider is how people may perceive you when you complain about things that they may think are insignificant. Some of the most successful people I know have mastered the art of not showing their frustration with the small things – they seem to save their energy for the bigger, more important things.

If you want to have credibility, build a history of making good decisions and doing good work.  Remember the basic philosophy of behavioral and competency-based interviewing…..past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. 

Remember to ask the people who have made good decisions in the past for advice, not the ones who have made bad decisions.  Since the weather can be difficult to predict correctly, I’ll go with George Carlin on this one…I’m betting it will be dark tonight. Hopefully, that will keep my own credibility intact!

I’d also love to know the truth about what actually happened when the school principal realized the senior class had voted for Mr. Carlin. I’ve always wondered if the school administration didn’t just decide that our parents couldn’t handle Carlin’s humor and so they went with a safer speaker.  If any of my readers know the details, I’d love to hear them.


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