Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Many people are likely aware of the suggestion to sing "Happy Birthday", twice, while washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Here's Prime Minister Boris Johnson showing us (sort of) how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWfZGdLeDl4 But Dan Pink has an even better idea than singing the well-known tune while washing our hands. … Continue reading Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Last week I wrote about our wonderful alumni who participated in a series of panel sessions with our freshmen students. During one of the sessions, one of the panelists recommended that students keep up with the news as best they can, and then recommended The Economist as a good choice, which another panelist then seconded. … Continue reading How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Thank You to Our Wonderful Alumni

My students just had the best class of the semester, and I did not have to say a word (yes, there is a cause-effect relationship there...) Today we had our annual Global Business Panel sessions for all of our freshmen business students. The Global Business Panels were the brainchild several years ago of Jonathan Doh, … Continue reading Thank You to Our Wonderful Alumni

“Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

otherwise, they kick you." That was one of the memorable lines from the documentary American Factory. I found out about the movie from one of my students, who told me that after reading one of the articles for class she thought of this film. American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) is a 2019 American documentary film directed … Continue reading “Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

We've been cleaning, and clearing, out our house the past couple of days, and I came across the photo shown above in one of Villanova's print publications. Like many organizations, including schools of higher education, we have committed a great deal of time, energy, and money to the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In … Continue reading The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

This Seems a Bit Out of Line

I try not to post political things too often since it's sure to get some people upset. But I couldn't leave this one alone. And perhaps I'll try to justify this post by saying it's not really political, it's more about marketing/advertising, a topic I've talked about quite often, and ethics. The issue involves a … Continue reading This Seems a Bit Out of Line

“Hire Character, Train Skill.”

I just came across this expression today, but according to at least one web site, the saying has been printed on many posters. “Hire character, train skill” has been credited since 2005 to former Porsche CEO and motivational speaker Peter W. Schutz, but it’s uncertain when he first said it. Regardless of when it was … Continue reading “Hire Character, Train Skill.”

Music Monday: Three Dog Night

They were a staple of my youth, with so many great songs. I have vague recollections from my 8th-grade graduation of our entire class (all 17 of us), singing Joy to the World, and thinking that life didn't get any better than this. But as I started reading about Three Dog Night as part of … Continue reading Music Monday: Three Dog Night

Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

Perhaps you’ve recently seen this clip from an old episode (1965) of The Munsters. It seems to be having its viral moment, given the chaos that seems to be ever-present these days. Herman offers a 30-second life lesson to his son Eddie that is timeless. We need more people like Herman; he was one handsome, … Continue reading Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

In the 1970s, the Ford Motor Company introduced a new subcompact car called the Pinto. In response to several fatal accidents involving the Pinto, Ford prepared a seven-page company memorandum entitled “Fatalities Associated with Crash-Induced Fuel Leakage and Fires.” In the memo, Ford estimated the cost of fuel system modifications to reduce fire risks in … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto