January 2013

January 2013

Walkout. Some 400,000 members quit U.S. labor unions last year, leaving 14.3 million such workers on the job, the fewest since World War I. Most are in government positions. (This may inspire thoughts of the famous one-liner from Pope John XXIII.  Asked how many people work in the Vatican, the pontiff replied: “About half of them.”)

Bad buzz. Bad, bad buzz. “Shared values” and “socializing business” were just two terms to reach our friend Mark Paterson’s ears in Melbourne last year.  He wasn’t happy, discounting them as buzz, or “nifty terms which are designed to: a) Make consultants sound smarter than they are; and b) Make clients spend more for something worth less.”  His full buzz list is on the Currie Communications website here. Be careful. If buzz can get to Melbourne, it can get to you.

Happy Anniversary, Miss Bennet. Originally published on January 28, 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice celebrates its 200th anniversary this week. The classic novel has off-spun to theater productions, TV and movie adaptations, and too many book editions to count.  Sales worldwide: 20 million copies and rising.

No joke. As of mid-January, 27,891 people had applied for law school, a 20 percent decrease in the number of applicants in 2012. Still, that’s too many for the 21,880 lawyer jobs opening up each year.

English majors, tell your parents. Poetry magazine just rode loftily past its 100th year of publication, atop a $200 million donation from pharmaceuticals heiress Ruth Lilly earlier in the decade.  Now the Chicago-based “little magazine” funds studies, sends a poem a day automatically to thousands of readers, and makes the texts of 10,000 poems available to anybody who asks (www.poetryfoundation.com). Its onetime contributors T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost would be quietly…what, exactly?

And the winner is…whoa, why are there two envelopes? ToolPro Chief Executive Rick Dawsey and architecture and engineering executive Steve Smoak tied as winners of our contest and received vintage copies of the 1950’s classic, Giovanni Guareschi’s The Little World of Don Camillo. (Everybody should have one.)

Quote to note: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!” – Jane Austen


Thanks for reading,


2012 The Ledlie Group


The Ledlie Group recently completed a crisis plan for an organization with nearly 900 franchises. Learn more about what we do at www.theledliegroup.com.

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