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Entries for August, 2013

10 writing lessons from the late Elmore Leonard

[To comment: larry@larrylitwin.com] Elmore John Leonard, Jr. was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for […]

Living in a college dorm

[To comment: larry@larrylitwin.com} My former Rowan University colleague Prof. Debra Nussbaum wrote in the Sunday, Aug. 19, 2013 The Philadelphia Inquirer ” College campuses have the perfect recipe for a spike in bad manners: Start with young people leaving home for the first time. Move them in with total strangers. Add alcohol (it happens). Then sprinkle in today’s […]

From Inc.com — 10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

[To comment: larry@larrylitwin.com] By Jeff Haddon http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-things-extraordinary-bosses-do-for-their-employees.html According to Jeff, “Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.” 1. Autonomy and independence. Great organizations are built on optimizing processes and procedures. Still, every task doesn’t deserve a best practice or a micro-managed approach. (I’m looking at you, manufacturing.) Engagement […]

Weaning yourself off plastic

[To comment: larry@larrylitwin.com] This appeared some time ago in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rodale’s editors blogged, and got many outside comments and tips, at www.rodale.com/plastic-free. Their muse was Beth Terry, a Californian who since 2007 has been lessening her plastic use. She blogs and offers numerous insights at www.myplasticfreelife.com (an excellent website). Emily’s main advice is to […]