Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mishing Some Mash

-- Mundy Cruising has begun offering a new cruise on their luxury ship Crystal Serenity -- it will begin January 10 of next year and visit all seven continents over the next 357 days. That sounds pretty cool, but actually I'm interested in a cruise that begins Nov. 9, 2016 and ends January 20, 2021. I can't be the only one who would rather spend the next four years well away from whichever greedy septuagenarian wins our Sophie's choice of a presidential election.

-- Or you can end your misery more swiftly by spending two nights in Dracula's castle. The Air BnB offer includes hosting by one Dacre Stoker, whose great-granduncle Bram adapted the legend of Wallachian prince Vlad Tepes to create his 1897 novel. The company is staging a contest to win the visit. Importing garlic or placing your silverware in a cross position is apparently a disqualification.

-- According to a study, micro-managing kills more than productivity and spirit -- it may actually shorten the lifespan of those so burdened. Even otherwise high-stress jobs were less damaging to workers' health when those workers were given autonomy and decision-making capability. Going unmentioned, of course, is how deleterious micro-managing can wind up being for the micro-manager, who may find himself or herself facing angry employees who have lost the ability to understand that giving the boss an atomic wedgie is a poor career move.

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