Berliner’s Blogs: Telling It Like It Is. 2018-10-16T17:46:54+00:00

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311, 2018

Knowledge vampires: Don’t let potential clients suck you dry.

By | November 3rd, 2018|

It's one of the clear and present professional dangers, whether you're someone seeking a position with a new employer, or a firm of any kind seeking to convince a potential client that you, and only you, are the right person for the job. Like how I weaved that Tom Clancy reference into the first line? Big fan. WHEN TRUST IS NO LONGER PART OF THE EQUATION. This is all about trust, the lack thereof, those who are little more than spies seeking to steal your knowledge, individuals and possible clients [...]

2810, 2018

Pittsburgh murders demand self-examination of faith

By | October 28th, 2018|

It came as a news crawl. Those often choppy sentences hastily written, and then streamed across the bottom of the broadcast screen. News we've seen far too often, and despite our own admonitions, we've become desensitized to. Until the words strike at our familiar soul. Something close to home. Something that forces us to dig a little deeper into our emotional psyche. The slaughter in a Pittsburgh temple. First, it was a shooting. Then, it became a story where we were told to expect "multiple casualties". Followed by "deaths are [...]

2410, 2018

Politics, DNA, and how to fail at Leadership & Teamwork

By | October 24th, 2018|

While Democrats tout their gains to be made come Election Day 2018, and the numbers show they have good reason to be more than a little giddy, they do so at their own arrogant peril. Three events recently prove why Dems need to get their heads out of the organizational muck, and understand a simple reality about politics here in the 21st century. More than ever before, this is a game. A competition. A team event, if you will. And thus far, there's notable evidence that, to put it mildly, [...]

1710, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Canadian Cannabis, Lessons of Vietnam, Biles Busts USAG

By | October 17th, 2018|

Those who have covered the sport for any great length of time, or even a short span of time when Larry Nassar was still around, all know the raging leadership cesspool that was USA Gymnastics. Those at the top have been turning a blind eye to the treatment of their athletes for decades, all in the name of keeping that cash machine in motion. That's why jaws dropped when Mary Bono was named CEO of US Gymnastics recently. Her personal protest against Colin Kaepernick and Nike aside, Bono worked for [...]

1610, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Chuckling Saudis, Warren Takes the Bait, Cultural Comic Nonsense

By | October 16th, 2018|

I honestly did spit out my coffee this morning when I heard news that the Saudi Arabian government was preparing to admit the murder of Washington Post journalist Adnan Khashoggi was an accident. All I could hear was a Saudi representative reading something to the effect, "Yes, his body was dismembered into plenty of tiny little pieces and then placed in an attache pouch with the final destination being fed to crocodiles somewhere along the Bosphorus River, but it was nothing more than a tragic accident". Not even the best [...]

910, 2018

The generalization of all men condoning sexual assault must stop. Now.

By | October 9th, 2018|

At first, I thought it was an overreaction. Then, it happened to me. I can, therefore, no longer stay silent. There is a dangerous wave sweeping America at the moment. It's been building in strength for some time, and has finally washed ashore, seemingly taking it with it a common sense and ability to parse the seas of what is fact and what is hyperbole. It brought me back to late 2017, and a magazine expose that was yet another seminal moment in the battle against those who use their [...]

810, 2018

What will you do, when someone finds you?

By | October 8th, 2018|

What would you do, if a rabbit found you?   I've asked myself that question now for 2 years. Because in all the uproar, the fighting, the spit, the venom, the discourse, the losses and mind pounding stress of these last 2 years, I come to this day in the hope of answering that question and finding renewed strength.   I'll wager to say every single one of us lost something or someone over these past 2 years, in almost every case someone or something we cannot replace. In the [...]

410, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Mississippi Minions, Hello Hockey, Fast Food Foolery

By | October 4th, 2018|

For me, 2018 took a needed turn to the positive Wednesday night with the opening of the NHL season. I've been a fan of the Boston Bruins since the early 2000's when I worked in Boston, hosting a nightly live cable talk show "Sports Pulse". I got to know the organization, the players, the reporters, and it all culminated in a renewed love of hockey. The Bruins opened their season in Washington against the Stanley Cup champion Capitals, and it meant a 12-pack of Sam Adams IPA and the geek [...]

310, 2018

3 Random Thoughts: Pulling the plug, Teflon Don, Riding the wave

By | October 3rd, 2018|

So this was the day where I, at one level, "pulled the plug" on social media. I haven't stepped away completely, but made the conscious decision to stop a lot of the engagement in posts. First and foremost, the art of respecting opinion is gone. At least for the moment. As I noted to a good friend in making this decision, the posts start out with a concept of thought, but then about 10 entries down, they become nasty and so judgemental. Can't and won't do it for awhile. It's [...]

210, 2018

Social Media Addiction: We ALL need to step back

By | October 2nd, 2018|

There has not been a major sports league around the world that has used social media to it's advantage better than the NBA. Star players and those who want to become stars use the medium, especially Twitter and Instagram, to it's full advantage. Perhaps TOO full. Veteran JJ Reddick has stepped away completely from social media, finding it distracting and "not healthy". He has wiped his accounts in the desire to no longer be part of what he calls a voluntary activity that is "not healthy". The quote could not [...]