Don’t take advice from a man who wants to be ruled by feminine values.

So there I was, attracted by an article entitled, “2 Signs That Instantly Identify Someone With Bad Leadership Skills.” Clicking away like curious little moth on a light bulb.

I wondered if perhaps there might be an ounce of unprecedented insight to be found. I’m very fascinated by “bad leadership” because in today’s corporate world of incessant turnover, obsessive purging of the ranks, zero employer investment (with equal measures of employee investment), and lack of any sense of loyalty whatsoever from any side, bad leadership is the norm. Anyone can (and does) become a manager. One must posture boldly, speak with misbegotten authority and massage the right social shoulders, and you’re in! Today’s workplace values “EQ” above all.

So yeah, I was curious.

The article began innocuously enough with vague truisms. I wasn’t denying and in fact, was willing to continue.

Egomaniacs are on the rise, especially within the leadership ranks of companies across the world, which is detrimental to good business outcomes.

Leadership and management expert and best-selling author Ken Blanchard warns us:

The ego is one of the biggest barriers to people working together effectively. When people get caught up in their egos, it erodes their effectiveness. That’s because the combination of false pride and self-doubt created by an overactive ego gives people a distorted image of their own importance. When that happens, people see themselves as the center of the universe and they begin to put their own agenda, safety, status, and gratification ahead of those affected by their thoughts and actions.

The challenge is keeping such self-centered leaders and managers from taking their teams or companies down a path toward self-destruction. After all, we speak of personality characteristics–some of which border on personality disorders. 

So how can we curtail the mechanisms that keep feeding egomaniacs into the higher echelons of corporate society? The answer is not so simple. It will require a systemic shift not only in our leadership selection processes but in our collective minds.  

Fair enough. Today’s rampant egomania, perpetuated by the paradigm of social media and the facile social structures it spawns, has settled over the workplace, leaving our offices ravaged by overconfident incompetence which often steers the dynamic of the specific organization.

I continued reading and then, like a brick wall, the author threw his ulterior cards on the table.

Cuckdom reared its ugly head. What could you possibly expect from a “man” who characterizes himself as Founder and Chief Human Officer?

What we think true leadership is is far from the truth. Psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, chief talent scientist at ManpowerGroup and a professor of business psychology at University College London and at Columbia University, points out that we’ve historically equated leadership with personality traits statistically more likely to be found in men: confidence and charisma.

Bold type is ALL mine. My BS meter sprang into action. Here we go. Author Marcel Schwantes, self-hating man and worshiper of the unicorny fem-power narrative, goes on to advise:

In his phenomenal and alarming book Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It), he explains how these same two characteristics can later backfire as overconfidence, narcissism, and even psychopathy, resulting in disaster.

Here’s why you should not reward people–men or women alike–with the two masculine traits we have historically elevated as “leadership material” since the industrial age.

OK. Nice hedging of your generalization, Marcel.

I wonder if Marcel, of “Leadership from the Core” fame, has ever worked a day in a real workplace environment, not that fairy tale HR-clouded cell of platitudes and soft human fuzzies where the “female way” is blindly esteemed.

Man bad!

According to Chamorro-Premuzic, the best leaders combine IQ (intellectual intelligence) with EQ (emotional intelligence), which enable personal effectiveness and self-awareness. While both males and females are equal when it comes to IQ, studies show that women have greater EQ and, in general, perform better as leaders.

Chamorro-Premuzic also points out that a high EQ is also associated with people-centered leaders who are more humble, honest, and ethical. To his point, the shift to focusing on selecting and developing more leaders with these traits–as competencies–would also help correct the gender imbalance in higher leadership ranks, since the underlying issue remains that we, as a society, lack valuing these traits in the leaders we choose. 

Marcel neglects to mention that EQ, like IQ, can be wielded malevolently as well, and in the realm of liberated, empowered women, frequently is expressed in such a self-interested manner. Marcel, like all virtue-signaling SJW’s in today’s modern environment, fails to recognize that all people, as he inadvertently messages, are innately corrupt and abusive when handed “power.”

Women are equally spiteful and narcissistic. Except, in women we don’t call it charisma or confidence. These are “masculine” denotations of the concomitant feminine traits of emotional coercion and social manipulation, two traits found in abundance in female leadership. But leadership cloaked under the auspices of such a toolkit of deranged controlling, power-hungry mechanisms, is “good” according to manginas like Marcel.

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“Nothing of value was lost” – the Mannan’s are dead.

It’s a trite truism and sometimes the situation begs us to repeat it.

A British family of 12 who made headlines around the world when they fled to Syria to fight for ISIS have all died, MailOnline can reveal.

Three of the grown-up sons from the Mannan family were killed fighting for Islamic State, while seven more relatives, including three children between the ages of one and 11, were all wiped out in an airstrike.

The elderly parents, Muhammed Mannan and his wife Minera, both died in the terror group’s former capital from natural causes.

Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25 and 19-year-old Mohammed Toufique Hussain both died in the battle for Raqqa against American-backed forces, who seized the city in October 2017.

The rest of the family then escaped with other jihadists across Syria and ended up around Baghouz last year.

During fighting for control of Islamic State’s final piece of territory, another son, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, was shot and killed. The area fell earlier this year following a brutal battle, signalling defeat for the militant group.

The remaining members of the Mannan family perished in an airstrike while trying to flee Baghouz were their daughter, Rajia Khanom, 21, son Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, their three children and another daughter-in-law, Sheida Khanam, aged 27.

Mr Mannan’s cousin Abdul Khalid told MailOnline: ‘From what we’ve been told they were trying to get away from Baghouz and make their way to a camp, like so many other people were trying to do at the time but there was a lot of bombing going on and they got caught up in this.

‘They were all together, that’s all we know. We are not sure if they were in a house or out in the open but the fact is that they are all dead. The details of how they actually died don’t really matter to me.’

And I’ll add, everything was gained.

Islamic fighters who were born and raised in other countries cannot be faulted for fighting in defense of their dogmatic antagonism to the West; it’s how they were raised and it’s all they know. They are fighting for what they believe is right.

But those who betray the West, who turn their backs and fight against that which afforded them a glimpse of civilized freedom are the worst, and wide scale annihilation is fitting.

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Is the new temperance just another virtue-signaling facade?

Alright, let me pull no punches.

I was a lush. A chaotic, self-destructive drunk. I did so many things under the influence of booze that would make your moralistic skin melt. I was a bad man.

Speaking in such a manner makes it seem as if this is “all behind me” and that I’m some virtuous “galavanter” marauding the high-and-mighty landscape lecturing all on the perils of the demon alcohol. Bullshit. I’m not. That core essence that led me to abuse alcohol is still in me. From my life, I’ve merely removed the major outward expression and liberator of that personality.

Booze was great. I loved it. It unleashed me from the chains of cultural submersion. I don’t believe alcoholism is a disease, or even a “condition.” I believe it’s just very bad, harmful learned behavior that some of us, by nature of our personality profile, are more prone to indulge in.

So I find the new “sober curious” thing (movement) quite interesting. Many young, socially-vibrant people are double-thinking the unpleasant social and physical aspects of alcohol and taking a break from da booze, if not permanently, at least for the denoted hashtag month.

In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They’re sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby’s First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits.

They’re part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.

Another social club member, Kathy Kuzniar, says she used to obsess over whether there was enough wine in the house. She says she feels calmer since she became sober, and she has lost 30 pounds.

“I’m creative again,” Kuzniar says. “And I know I wouldn’t be doing those things if I was still drinking.”

Not too long ago, a group of women in a bar who were not drinking alcohol would have seemed kind of strange. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86 percent of adults over 18 report having had an alcoholic drink or drinks at some point in their lifetime, and 56 percent say they’ve had alcohol in the past month. Still, abstaining from alcohol — on a short-term basis or longer term — is becoming more common.

The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt they’d partied a little too hard over New Year’s weekend. First there was “Dry January,” when people could brag on social media about how they were taking a break from booze. Now there’s “Dry July” and even “Sober September.” And the movement has spread across the U.S., with people challenging each other to see what life is like without alcohol and share in that experience.

Instagram accounts like Sober Girl Society and Sober Nation have tens of thousands of followers, as does Ruby Warrington, author of the book Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol, which was released last December.

Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas, has been sober for the past 12 years. He started drinking in high school, he says, and got his first DUI at 16. Then he joined a fraternity in college and kept drinking.

“All my drinking was really centered around community and wanting that connection so badly with other people,” he says.

He finally got sober with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. He became a substance abuse counselor to help others but found that being in recovery was often really lonely.

“Those early days of abstinence from alcohol were so tough, because I had no friends,” he says.

At Sans Bar, one popular mocktail is the Alright, Alright, Alright — a blend of muddled blueberries, Meyer lemon, smoked honey, apple cider vinegar and mint. Julia Robinson for NPR

So he created Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin. It’s open on Friday nights and some Saturdays — a comfortable place where people can talk, make sober friends, listen to music and, of course, drink some good nonalcoholic drinks. (Marshall likes ginger beer, which he says offers a nice burn in the throat that people sometimes miss when they’re no longer drinking alcohol.)

Sans Bar has become so popular that Marshall took the concept on the road this year. He organized pop-up bars in Washington, D.C., New York and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has opened new sober bars in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts.

“What I want to create across the country are these little incubators for social connection,” he says.

Let’s see where this leads. While I certainly applaud these people for their focus on sobriety as a simplification and preservation of disciplined lifestyle, I’m not sure how I feel about a new “temperance” movement. In today’s social environment, virtuosity is weaponized and cheapened by the leftist culture of platitudes and I fear that this “sober curious” movement is simply an outgrowth of this paradigm.

Cheers, anyhow.


Woody Allen character accuses President Trump of sexiness.

E. Jean Carroll is a berserk madwoman clinging to the last strands of her washed out sanity. She is such a rambling, embarrassing disgrace that I frankly see no problem with her remaining in the spotlight with all her ridiculous Trump-the-rapist allegations. Public witnesses like this can only harm the anti-Trump brigades.

Imagine this…your “spokeswoman.”

By the looks of her, I’d say she was sloppy spillover from a Woody Allen movie about a pill-popping has-been Boomer actress experiencing the intellectual dissolution of a life squandered.

Late onset angst, bitch.

Lexus Stagg’s “reverse Darwinism.”

Reverse Darwinism.

When a parental generation’s doomed genetics thwart procreation by ending young progeny’s life prior to child-bearing age so as to prevent future expression of familial shortcomings.

In other words, cleaning up the gene pool by offing your kids.

Lexus Stagg plays a mean game of tag

A Houston woman who was driving a sport utility vehicle toward her children in an apparent game of “chicken” struck and killed her 3-year-old son, authorities said.

“Cars aren’t toys and playing chicken with your kids isn’t a game,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in the statement.

Stagg can be seen on surveillance video reversing a white Lincoln Navigator in an apartment complex parking lot as her three small children run toward the vehicle, prosecutors said. When the kids are just feet from the SUV, it moves forward, trapping the 3-year-old under the right front tire.

Authorities said Stagg continued to drive forward and ran the boy over again with the right rear tire of the SUV, which weighs approximately 5,600 pounds.

He was taken to the hospital by ambulance but later died.