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CAPITALIST MAILBAG: What's the Most HRish Thing to Come Out of Boston?

Hey Capitalist/KD:

What's the most HRish thing to come out of the Boston tragedy? I'm betting you've got something to say about the media coverage...

Becka from Charlotte


Hey Becka - 

Media coverage? Talking at length when you know nothing?  Sounds like HR, right?  Or maybe marketing... Hey now!

Actually, if we're talking about the media coverage, the most clairvoyant point in the whole thing is when Brian Williams pitched it to a local reporter, and, not knowing he was on national TV, had this to say about where he was at (email subscribers may need to click through for video):

"We don't know S###"

Which sounds like either the best or the worst HR pro in the world. You choose.  KD likey.  I'd promote that one to HR Director.

But the most HRish thing was all about reputation, influence and performance.  It involves someone who knows something about the performance of the brothers in question, kind of like a manager from another department who had run into the dumb### duo in a cross-departmental project in an office park near you.

Meet Uncle Ruslan! Who had this to say about his nephews: 

"You put a shame on our entire family -- the Tsarnaev family -- and you put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity," Tsarni said.

When asked what provoked the bombing suspects, the uncle stated: "Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves -- these are the only reasons I can imagine.

"Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake," Tsarni said.

Of course, anytime I hear someone call someone a loser, I automatically go to Beck, who penned this classic that was played at the end of every sporting event where the home team was winning through the 90's and early 2000s:

But I couldn't hear Beck come up when Ruslan was talking, because he was yelling - not as much because he was angry (although he probably was), but because the two helicopters you can hear in the background we're probably louder to him than they appeared on tape.

Want people to understand we're all more alike than different in your next diversity training module?  Play Uncle Ruslan. People who know talent know the deal.  Don't judge everyone that looks or sounds like these two - because they're losers.  

Uncle Ruslan would make a sweet Director of HR.  A Director of HR that doesn't tolerate fools and talks loudly because of the choppers circling his house, but a pretty straight-talking Director of HR nonetheless. 


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