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Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Godfather Commentaries #56

“Pauli Gatto hated quickie jobs, especially when they involved violence. He liked to plan ahead. And something like tonight, even though it was punk stuff, could turn into serious business if somebody made a mistake.” The Godfather, Chapter 1, Page 61, Paragraph 6, Sentences 29 – 30 What makes you plan? Consider the power of […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 6 of a Continuing Series

So far, inside the word FAILURE, we’ve found two great logical structures: Time and Judgment. We’ve also discovered a vastly greater ocean of emotion, even physical factors beneath the surface. The fact of these otherwise invisible worlds, all inside a single word, has always stunned me. My own process of discovery centered for a long […]

Your Daily Recruiting Journal, Part 67 of a Continuing Series

Here’s another way to slice the deadline onion. A project, or a goal, even any kind of performance whether you “project-ize” or “goal-ize” it or not, always has a beginning, middle and an end. All performance begins, progresses, completes itself. If you look at this like a life cycle, we end up with birth, aging, […]

The Godfather Commentaries #55

“When Johnny’s father died, Mr. Corleone assumed the duties of parenthood, indeed he is called ‘Godfather’ by many, many people who wish to show their respect and gratitude for the help he has given them. Mr. Corleone never lets his friends down.” The Godfather, Chapter 1, Page 60, Paragraph 4, Sentences 32 & 33 In […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 5 of a Continuing Series

A word is like a cavern. You can fit your entire self within just one word, and all the people and things, thoughts and emotions you know can fit inside too. The art of looking inside a word is not a natural one, though, just as most people never go into any holes beneath the […]

Notes on Liechtenauer #59

The Crooked Cut should be done quickly, Landing the point to the hands. Johannes Liechtenauer – 1389 – translated by Robert Koulakjian At essence, we really do end up with the same counsel by any translator, because it is the essence that is coming through – to the degree we succeed in studying the counsel […]

Your Daily Recruiting Journal, Part 66 of a Continuing Series

Following the identification of data types, and the building of a log and from there, a journal of concepts, conjectures, experiments, refutations and corrections, etc. – all of which each recruiter requires every bit as much as this diabetic – we began exploring some internal infrastructure or “chops” as I call these skills and structures. […]

The Godfather Commentaries #54

Hagen said coldly, “I don’t think you understand the situation. Mr. Corleone is Johnny Fontane’s godfather. That is a very close, a very sacred religious relationship.… Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.” The Godfather, […]

The FSTOPS(TM) Model for Decision Making, Part 4 of a Continuing Series

Can you see a cartoon character who just had a sledge hammer pound on his thumb, in your mind’s eye? Have you ever felt such pain, and can you recall the throbbing agony? That a physical experience can hurt that much makes complete sense. It requires no stretch of the mind to take in. You […]

Notes on Liechtenauer #58

“When it hits above, do not advance further. Instead of doing the crooked cut, shorten it, changing through with it.” Johannes Liechtenauer by way of Robert Koulakjian Good Robert, I’ll compose my comments a bit later. My hope, though, is to get once more just a bit more input/guidance from you, first. Here’s my technical […]