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Actual quotes taken from employee performance appraisals

August 7, 2017

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As a manager, I’ve had to do my fair share of performance appraisals, which (as I’m sure the employees also found) was a pretty tedious and meaningless experience. Fortunately I left all of that behind me when I left Reuters in 1999, my last full-time employer before striking out as an independent consultant (now semi-retired). […]

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Economics Explained

February 20, 2017

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Insightful, amusing, and uncannily accurate. Complex economics explained with the aid of two cows…

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How the EU Works

June 10, 2016

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With apologies to the original author, but I don’t know the provenance of this piece. All I know is that it conforms to my understanding (and experience) of how the European Union works, it explains it in language we can all understand, and (irony and pathos aside) it’s very funny. Subject: How the EU works […]

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Misleading Notices

February 5, 2015

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I guess we’ve all seen them – notices that have used some form of strangled English to convey their message. Some funny, some weird, and some that defy logic. Here’s a selection: In a Bangkok temple: “IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN.” Cocktail lounge, Norway: “LADIES […]

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A Teacher’s Nightmare

January 29, 2015

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This is  true story! A class of primary children started a class project to make a plant pot to take home. The teacher wanted to have a plant in it that was easy to take care of, so it was decided to use cactus plants. The children were given greenware pottery in the style of […]

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Later In Life

June 17, 2013

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The following truisms arose from some of those who are perhaps not in the first flush of youth (I qualify!): I started out with nothing, and still have most of it. My wild oats are enjoyed with prunes and all-bran. I finally got my head together but now my body is falling apart. It was […]

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