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Archive for May, 2011

What Simon Cowell and Stephen Tyler Can Teach Us about Feedback

By Jim Whitt In an article entitled Why I Miss That Old Meanie Simon Cowell, The Telegraph’s Michael Deacon had this to say about American Idol’s new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler: “The two of them are so solemnly supportive, it’s like watching a televised AA meeting.” Like Deacon, I thought Simon’s bombastic barbs added flavor to the show but I’ve grown to appreciate Jennifer and just flat get a kick out of Steven’s whacky way with words. His wit is sharp but rarely cuts. He comes up with mind-bending critiques of the contestants and isn’t afraid to take… Read More

May 23rd, 2011 at 7:08am

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What We Can Learn About Character from Pete Rose and Harmon Killebrew

I wrote a tribute to Harmon Killebrew upon his passing May 17. I was on the phone with Paul Willis and he reminded me that I had written the following piece about Killebrew on January 4, 2004. By Jim Whitt My friend Paul Willis gave me the gift of a lifetime last November. His company, Cypress Systems, Inc. sponsors a team in the Harmon Killebrew Invitational Golf Tournament each year in Phoenix and Paul invited me to play on his team. For someone who grew up idolizing major league players in the 1950s and 60s this was a dream come… Read More

May 19th, 2011 at 9:18pm

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A Tribute to Harmon Killebrew

By Jim Whitt A few years ago my friend Paul Willis invited me to play with his team in the Harmon Killebrew Invitational Golf Tournament. At the time Killebrew served as spokesperson for Paul’s company, Cypress Systems. I found myself surrounded by Hall of Fame Major League ballplayers that I had idolized growing up. I was like a kid in candy store.  I had breakfast with Robin Roberts, who Willie Mays called the toughest pitcher he had ever faced. Two-time National League batting champ Tommie Davis played in our group. And at the reception, I had a great conversation with… Read More

May 17th, 2011 at 9:03pm

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