I Work Hard; I Get Lucky. I Should’ve Listened to My Mother. Always, Always Do the Right Thing. Three odd, badly written sentences? No, these are the six word memoirs that came to me after reading Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure. Sounds like a silly idea for a book, but it’s a truly enjoyable read and strangely addictive. Here are a few of my favorite memoirs from the book: “Outcast. Picked last. Surprised them all.” “Occasionally wrong, but never in doubt.” “Found true love after nine months.” Now I find myself writing memoirs for other people. For Abraham Lincoln: Too tall and homely to lie. For Eli Manning: I throw better than my brother. For my mother: I should write an advice column.
I’m writing about this book in order to introduce you to a new column we’ve added to Ethics Matters called “Good Reads.” We do a lot of reading at the CPT, so we decided to add a book review column to share some of that knowledge with you. New and older books, business, leadership and ethics-related works and fun reads like Not Quite What I Was Planning will be featured in upcoming issues.
I’m sure many of you will relate to the topic in this issue’s reprint article entitled, “The Ethics of Multitasking.” Contributor Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, is one of my favorites and this particular article really resonated with me. I am often dumbfounded during a meeting or conversation, when someone just starts typing or texting, completely oblivious to the unfathomable rude behavior he/she has just displayed. Weinstein’s article closely examines the pros and cons of multitasking as it relates to focus and productivity.
Several new and exciting initiatives are on the horizon for the CPT. We’re excited about this year’s Student Center for the Public Trust (SCPT) – Ethics in Action video competition as it has evolved from a local to a national competition. Know some clever college students? If so, help us spread the word and encourage them to apply.
It’s snowy and cold in New York. Hope you’re keeping warm. As always, the CPT is grateful for your continued support.
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