November 2009

November 2009

The Ledlie Letter

November 2009

Lamentations. It’s not easy to do business in a world where the cry of the poor is: “Hey, this is commercial real estate!”

Now, that’s perspective. The Earth has been around for 4.6 billion years. According to, if we scale this down to 46 years, humans have been around for 4 hours and the Industrial Revolution began just one minute ago. But Santa Claus still takes forever if you are a five-year-old and the years fly by when you’re 55.

 “Come, ye thankful people…zzzz.” Why blame only the turkey for the sudden bout of drowsiness that follows a holiday meal? Tryptophan is the answer: the bird triggers this amino acid in the brain that causes sleepiness.  But it’s the stuffing, potatoes, rolls and pies that come with the feast that cause even more drowsiness with the same process.

Social network syllabus. For one Illinois State University professor, “friending” him on Facebook is now a course requirement.  A gentleman named Juvinall uses the social network for all out of class assignments.  Is he alone?  (For that matter, is anyone anymore?)

If these walls could talk. Well, even better, new radio tomographic imaging (RTI) can show and track people moving on the other side of solid walls. Find out more about this study at

The Myopic Manager. About one-third of American workers report that their bosses have sabotaged, yelled at or belittled them, and almost half have witnessed verbal and physical abuse at work. Why? California researchers say there is a direct link between a manager’s feelings of personal incompetence and his/her aggression toward employees. Good managers manage. Bad managers bully.

Quote to note. “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst 

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