Comparing today’s global environment vs. one year ago feels to me a bit like Lewis Carroll’s insightful metaphor. Despite all of the apparent unsettledness in the world these days, perhaps there are lessons from Lewis Carroll’s classic work of literature that we can apply to today’s challenges.
Authors and poets often use metaphors to convey their true meaning. Nobel Prize winning (for Literature) Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was especially adept at the use of metaphor to convey images – take this example from Neruda’s love poem If You Forget Me:
This June, my wife, Janie and I went to Europe for a well-deserved vacation. We had planned the trip for almost a year: booking our airplane flights, booking a group tour with a major tour company and coordinating our activities so we could be joined by our dear friends from New Jersey. Timing was the all-important factor. We knew we were dependent upon God for our weather, but never did we think about how labor organizations could play a role in deterring our desired outcome. Our flights were booked through Air France. Little did we know, there were planned strikes by pilots, and then later by air controllers, that would affect our trip.
Last week my wife, Mia, went on a reunion binge, traveling to the East Coast for her reunions for undergrad and graduate schools. Accordingly, I got the kids for Memorial Day Weekend and the week thereafter.
We like to think that our workplace can be inviting, like a second home. It’s where we spend a lot of our time, so we want it to be free from hostility. Although we generally aspire to make our workplaces welcoming, there may be people—or just that one person—who make it anything but welcoming for everyone else. Disgruntled employees are more common than we would like to believe, but alas, they are there making your life a living hell.
Here at Singer Burke we are in the midst of our annual “busy” season preparing corporate and individual tax returns in advance of the April 15th tax deadline. During these four months between December and April, two thirds of the firm’s annual overtime will be incurred.