Friday, August 24, 2012
I drove to the small town of Kingsville, Texas, this week to visit with leaders and shakers at the Rangel College of Pharmacy there. From 9 a.m. to nearly 3 p.m. yesterday, I faced a gauntlet of folks trying to determine if I'm a good fit for the team.
Practically every time I say "Kingsville" to someone, they ask where in the world Kingsville is. The dean says that frequently happens to him as well. Kingsville is about a 45-minute drive outside of Corpus Christi.
I stood very near the spot this photo was taken at one point and stared at a beautiful painting of a smiling, old woman.
They took me to a nice lunch, gave me a tour of the building, and even let me talk with A&M employees at other Texas locations via teleconference.
As far as job interviews go, these people like to do it right. This was an impressive way to screen candidates, and no one was scary! You know the University of Texas would have put some scary people in there for me to talk with as well.
We'll have to see how it goes. I have decided to go wherever the right opportunity presents itself, so relocating to Corpus or Kingsville would be a welcomed change if that's what occurs. Living in a town like Kingsville would be sort of like living in Barstow, and I had a great time living there.
However, I did receive a call from a former employer while on the way to Kingsville about another position in Houston, so staying here is also an option.
I'll continue to keep you posted as we look for the right organization for me to join.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
No matter what comes our way each day, we can always decide that being afraid of bitter old women is silly, even if they come from money and give the impression they have influence.
I feel set free from fear, like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Bitter old women can often talk quite convincingly, but they really aren't to be feared. We should laugh at them instead. A good belly laugh, like Leon Panetta displays from time to time.
I used to be scared of this bitter old woman. We look at everything that is said to us, or even the way things are said to us, through the prism of our own personal experiences. I'm sure this bitter old woman was simply referring to the weather (click image to watch video).
Dan Rather talks of a wonderful, long blonde beach. I used to wake up with the sounds of that wonderful, long blonde beach filling my condominium.
Maybe someday I'll make the decision to visit that beach again.
Until then let's all make it a part of our daily routine to laugh vigorously at bitter old women when they say silly shit.
However, please make it your personal policy to always respect your elders. Visit or call your elderly parents or grandparents today and tell them that you love them.
But you should certainly never fear bitter old women, because they are more funny than scary.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
These are stories that aired as a result of a pitch, press release, or just a reporter calling me for a physician or specialist.
I think you'll especially like the story above (click image to play video) about a hospital pharmacy tech and vocalist with the Houston Grand Opera who brings joy to patients by singing in the hospital lobby or at their bedside.
You can see all the samples by clicking here.
Monday, July 30, 2012
I go in for an interview today and receive news from a Transportation Manager that she doesn't feel I'm a good fit for warehouse work.
I kept imagining myself on one of those powerful forklifts, moving pallets from one end of the big room to the other. Or sweeping up an area that really needed some extra attention, or meeting with the guys in the break room and enjoying sandwiches and coffee together during lunch.
She said maybe something in the retail operation would be better suited for me. I like customers a lot, but hanging with the guys and gals at the warehouse seemed like really good times.
And good money as well! I switched on the TV this weekend and caught some of Joel Osteen's sermon. Apparently I qualify for double, so I was figuring they'd offer me about $21 per hour! Mr. Flexible Team Player would instantly become Mr. Big Spender!
Well, I just wanted to take a moment to say "thank you" to The Home Depot for its time today. She really was pleasant. If you need me in one of your stores, please feel free to give me a call and I'll come over for another visit.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
That's how Mr. Flexible Team Player rolls!
I wish all of you could have been on the call with me today as I chatted with an American Heart Association vice president. She was a good interviewer, too. She knows her business well, and I enjoyed speaking with her.
I'd appreciate if you media types could find a way to work the words "American Heart Association" into your news story, broadcast or blog post in the next couple of days. I think they'd really appreciate that over there. That would be a fabulous return on investment for a 30-minute phone call if we could make it happen!
She asked if I've maintained any relationships with the media. I wanted to ask her, "You mean other than all of them watching my blog and Twitter page like a hawk?"
This would be a great time to do a story or blog post on checking your triglycerides, or eating healthy, or childhood obesity. Think of all the creative ways you can say "American Heart Association" in a paragraph, and try that on your blog, website or broadcast today.
Maybe they'll want me to come in and talk with them in person! That would be exciting. Don't you love when a organization gets a bunch of important people together to talk with you about a job? That's fun.
I'll continue to keep you all posted as we search out the right organization for Mr. Flexible Team Player to join.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Here are some fantastic tracks for your listening pleasure that I've been enjoying. I think you'll enjoy them also if you listen loud on a computer with adequate speakers.
1) Andy Hunter - Amazing -- Electronic music, when done right, still remains the best. The word I would use to describe this track is "amazingness." See what you think.
2) Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch -- I love her unique voice, and I love this song! Electronic music, when done right, is still the best.
3) Sinead O'Connor - I Want Your Hands On Me -- The Lion and the Cobra remains one of my favorite CDs of all time. Such great memories of 6400, and sitting on the steps at 300 Westheimer over the years. Listen loud in your cubicles!
I don't expect any changes in the weather from this particular blog post, but I've surprised before. Have a great week if I don't post again for several days.
Friday, March 2, 2012
As you take some time to examine his career, there is a consistent level of excellence that you see in his work and his interaction with others (as reported, again and again, by real leaders that are committed to honestly evaluating his performance).
I've come to the conclusion that not considering him for a position in an organization is either the result of outside influence or an inability to properly evaluate talent.
In a previous post, we already closely examined that consistency of excellence through the years. Now I'd like to look at another reoccurring theme I see as I look over the documentation.
I love how well he works with others, and especially how administrators and upper management have viewed the way he carries himself and his interaction with other real professionals.
Here's yet another letter John was given from the current Public Affairs Officer at a Houston-area school district (click on the image to enlarge or right click and "save image as" to download.
I also understand from looking at his DD214 (the discharge document from the Marine Corps) he received a third Meritorious Mast of which he does not have a copy. Please let me know how he can get a copy of that citation. Another win! The wins just keep coming like a mighty rushing stream.
From everything I've seen, I don't think John Tyler is simply the kind of guy you want on staff. I think John Tyler is the kind of person you wish you could clone.
All this information could truly make someone wonder why his phone hasn't rang yet.
Hard work. Consistency. Excellence. A proven winner. John Tyler.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I scanned this photo from a button my mom used to wear to my football games when we lived in Huntington Beach, California. I found this in a box and it brought back many memories.
Those were the days of "Hollywood Tyler", a nickname my coaches (one of which was my stepdad) gave me after a stunt I pulled on the football field while playing tight end for the Huntington Beach Rams.
My team had just scored a touchdown. As they celebrated at the goal line, I sprinted by myself from the endzone to somewhere near the 50 yard line, where I attempted my very best somersault for the crowd.
My coaches quickly called me to the sidelines where I was informed I wouldn't be doing that again. However, the stunt did earn this mediocre pee-wee football player a pretty cool nickname on the sidelines, so I always felt it was worth my effort.
We only lived there for about a year, but I had a great time. My first trip to Dodger Stadium was during that period, where I saw the Dodgers play the Astros. Our next door neighbor (and my girlfirend's dad) agreed to buy me a ice cream sundae because I correctly predicted an Astros win that afternoon.
Huntington Beach was also where I met my first girlfriend as a third grader. I'd pick roses from a neighbor's yard as I'd walk home from school, bringing them to her house in my lunchbox. Her family had a small shed in the backyard we would occasionally hang out in. I remember her mom saying to us as we walked out the backdoor one evening, "I better not catch you two out there playing doctor."
Not knowing what that meant, I asked my girlfriend if she felt sick. She didn't feel sick, so we never did play doctor.
I remember really liking her a lot, and that was my first memory of having my heart broken when we moved back to Texas.
I look forward to getting back out there to see the old neighborhood at some point.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Today I used a Swiss army knife to break open a can of Kroger brand Macaroni and Beef in Tomato Sauce. Such an elegant flavor. I'm definitely going to pick up more cans of that stuff next time I visit the store.
Tonight I might even try a can of ravioli. They're on special for about 70 cents with a Kroger card.
This has been quite a step up from a diet that has consisted heavily of canned tuna and peanut butter sandwiches. I'm still eating plenty of those, but thanks to the new stove I can occasionally eat foods that require heating.
The skies have been much quieter since I posted last time. I heard one of the black helo war birds flying overhead either the night I published the last post, or maybe the next night. Since that time I haven't heard another.
I can't determine who is flying these things, or what they are trying to accomplish. Are they a foreign force wanting to take over America, a U.S. military unit that doesn't realize they shouldn't be wasting so much gas, or maybe an Army of angels taking Whitney Houston to Heaven?
I can't figure any of that out, and I've decided it's wise not to waste too much time or effort trying to figure out shit that doesn't make sense. Maybe they just like flying around.
However, I think there's plenty of room in the backyard to land one of those things if y'all want to come in and discuss what the fuck has been going on. I'll publish photos here on the blog of your landing and details of our discussion. And everyone secretly wants to be on this blog!
Below is another photo I took as one of them approached. I've nicknamed this helo "Warrior Spirit." I have no idea why I've named this helo "Warrior Spirit" but I like that name.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The second photo is a direct flyover (the camera is pointing straight up). They were up on Saturday as well, but I couldn't get my camera turned on and out the door fast enough to shoot pictures.
I've seen them flying mostly after dark recently, so they are hard to photograph. It's actually a bit more exciting when there are several of them at the same time.
They haven't fired on me yet (or anyone else for as much as I can tell), so they're probably just keeping an eye on the neighborhood for terrorists or assholes. I want to see them open fire on one of those small airplanes! Well, maybe not over the neighborhood itself, but how about following one of them to the Laporte area? There's a lot of open space in that area around Underwood.
Relax. I'm kidding. But I've really enjoyed watching the skies. Last week sometime I heard the sound of a plane descending quickly in the area (sounded like it was coming down!), and I ran out the back door just in time to see the thing pulling up and away. It looked like a private jet or a small passenger plane, but I can't be completely sure.
I hope someone is taping all this stuff for the feature film.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I don't get paid to blog, nor is there much to report right now, so I basically blog when I feel like blogging. It really is a great arrangement.
I'm working out of one of my offices right now, which is the Clear Lake branch of the Harris County Public Library. I also office out of the Deer Park Public Library several hours a week. Here's a photo of my Clear Lake office.
I showed that photo to my dad, and he said, "Looks like you're a lawyer." If I was a lawyer, I'd have a commercial on TV that says, "Somewhere in all these old, dusty law books we lost a very important concept. The law is for everyone, not just rich and powerful dickheads trying to get away with a bunch of crazy shit."
Well, maybe I wouldn't use those exact words, but you get my drift. Can you imagine the personal satisfaction of going to work each day to fight against maggots and bullies? I might have missed my calling.
You're probably wondering how the job search is going. I interviewed with an oil and gas company here in Houston recently, but I don't think I was a very good fit for the team. The two guys I spoke with were nice, and I sincerely appreciate their time, but this was a different kind of writing than I've done in the past and maybe wasn't the best match for me. I need to continue winning, and I have to trust other people's judgment as to where I'll continue to win as fantastically as I have in the past.
I also applied to a couple government jobs recently outside of Houston (one in San Antonio and another in Indianapolis). I'm definately qualified, and I supposedly get special consideration because I'm a veteran. If those two places determine I'm not a good fit for the team, I'll probably determine I'm not a good fit for anyone's team, and I'll have to jump off a cliff.
I'm not dating right now, so the Princess prognosticators (people that try to guess who my Princess is) probably shouldn't be pairing me up with anyone. If you're new to the blog, you might not have discovered yet that any single female that I'm in a room with for any length of time becomes my Princess.
If I go to a new bar, or a public library, and there are single females in the room, people think I'm trying to pair up. Have you ever considered that maybe I'm just looking for a place to plug my laptop in?
The best advice I can give to Princess prognosticators, as I've said in the past, is wait until I'm actually dating before you pretend you know who I'm thinking about. That's better for me, but most importantly that's better for the females around me. They don't deserve that kind of silliness.
Dating really is on the back burner for me right now. Let's find the right oportunity for me first, and then I'll ask her out.
Do you want to know who she is?
Again, once I find the right opportunity, she'll get asked out.
So, what are we waiting for?
Go out and make it a great day folks! I guess I'm waiting for my phone to ring today.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
They couldn't have made it any more easy for me, even posing for a photo with my shirt at the register. I walked in and my shirt was on the top of a stack of offically licenced NFL t-shirts!
Where I go to watch will probably be a game-time decision. I have several places in mind. Send me an email if you have any suggestions!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In 2010, I watched the game in three different locations. I saw the first and second quarters at Sam's Boat on Richmond. Then, I went over for tacos at Ninfas. I saw the end of the game at the West Alabama Ice House.
This year I think I'm going to stay in one location, but I'd like some help deciding where that location is.
Also, could y'all help me pick out a shirt to wear? My San Diego Chargers shirt seemed to go over pretty well, I think. You should have seen the look on people's faces!
I was thinking Raiders this year. I heard one of the Texans coaches was lucky enough to get a job with the Raiders recently. I think I'm an honorary member of the Raider Nation or something. I'm going to do everything I can to get out there to watch a game eventually.
I like that whole "Commitment to Excellence" thing. See, John Tyler always commits to excellence, so he likes organizations that commit to excellence as well.
Anyway, back to the topic we're discussing here: the Super Bowl. Someone on the radio said something about the Patriots and the Giants playing this year. That should be an okay game. Those are pretty good teams.
Or I could just come to your place and watch the game with you, Princess. Send me an email and let me know what you think.
I'll tweet my location on Sunday. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for updates.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
True, there was a different mayor at the time they rolled out that silly campaign, but someone looking for the right opportunity in this city might be tempted to ask, "What the hell are we waiting for?"
How long would a talented, proven winner, like the one detailed in the past few posts on my blog, have to stay unemployed in a city before he was tempted to call this whole "City of Opportunity" thing BS?
I'm pretty sure that whole City of Opportunity thing was probably dreamed up by someone either running for political office or someone holding a political office. They're usually the folks that come up with that kind of corniness.
I think I'm probably in the wrong city.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Luckily he doesn't suffer from the "what have you done for me lately" syndrome. Every place he has worked, at every stage of his career, he has thoroughly impressed the people that matter and real leaders that actually practice the principles of integrity, accountability and compassion that they communicate as corporate standards.
Let's take a look at some more examples on this blog post.
Here's another letter given to John by the current superintendent of a Houston-area school district (click to enlarge or right-click "save image as" to download).
One of the things I like most as I look over John's career is a consistency. A quick examination of his career progression below indicates a proven winner at each location:
1) U.S. Marine Corps -- Two Meritorious Masts, the Navy Achievement Medal, and two personal letters from general officers for his public affairs work. Please see previous post if you haven't already read it.
2) University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston -- Promoted from communication specialist to the President's Writer, and the only non-M.D. or Ph.D invited to serve on his Professionalism Board. Called the president's "go-to guy" by the president's executive assistant.
3) Baylor College of Medicine -- Three professional awards in two years from the Public Relations Society of America, the Houston Press Club and the Texas Public Relations Association.
4) The Methodist Hospital in Houston -- Pursued for this position by members of the institution's PR team because they noticed his previous work elsewhere (they called him unsolicited), a work quality that prompted personal recognition from a company vice president (see previous post), and an unsolicited call for a vice president position at Houston's METRO because they heard he'd be a good candidate for the job. He was also told by two different Houston reporters during this period that they believed he was "the best PR person in the Texas Medical Center."
Everything I've examined indicates that John Tyler is exactly the kind of person a real leader looking for a proven winner would want in his or her organization.
Consistency. Excellence. A proven winner. John Tyler.
Friday, January 20, 2012
That may seem like an unusual question, but it certainly fits in this context, as we find the right place for John Tyler, the winner, to seek employment (and the right leader for him to report to).
Leadership is much more than a position you hold or the number of folks that report to you. It's the ability make good decisions, and recognize when you have the opportunity to make a huge impact in the quality of your organization. Are you exercising the power you have today to make good decisions?
That's why I highly recommend John Tyler, a winner. John Tyler has been consistently recognized throughout his career by other leaders as a top performer. He's the kind of consistent winner that even after the incredible recognition during his Marine Corps days (as seen in the previous post), continued to win awards and capture the attention of real leaders with the honesty to recognize him.
Just take a look at this unsolicited letter he received from a company Vice President in the inner-office mail at The Methodist Hospital in Houston (click to enlarge or right-click "save image as" to download).
John Tyler, a consistent performer. A winner. The type of person that any powerful leader with a sincere desire to see his organization reach that next level would love to bring on board.
Excellence. Dependability. A winner. John Tyler.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Since I'm currently in pursuit of full-time employment (and potential employers enjoy looking online for information about candidates), I thought I might put some more stuff online that will again confirm they are considering a proven winner. I look forward to our meeting.
(Please click on any image here for a expanded version you can read, or right click and "save image as" to download).
I was lucky enough to travel to Guam for the 50th anniversary of its liberation. After returning to Okinawa, I sat down to put my thoughts on paper regarding what I experienced, and the importance of honoring those veterans that served and sacrificed before us.
I was shocked to get a personal letter from both the III MEF commanding general:
And from Gen. Carl Mundy, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The day I pulled this out of my mailbox was undoubtedly one of the best days of my Marine Corps service.
While serving as a public affairs specialist/combat correspondent at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California, I was nominated by my boss for Serviceperson of the Quarter. I went before a board and was selected. Here is the citation I received at that time:
The Marine Corps also awarded me with the Navy Achievement Medal for my editing, as well as a three-minute news and information radio program I recorded on base that aired daily on three Barstow stations.
During a float on the U.S.S. Belleau Wood from Okinawa to Hong Kong with the 31st Expeditionary Unit (SOC), I promoted the Marines' joint training exercises and received a Meritorious Mast for my electronic and print coverage, as well as for providing "invaluable assistance in furthering training opportunities throughout the Western Pacific."
I came back to Texas and used the G.I. Bill to complete my communication degree. Former White House staffer Peter Roussel put in a good word for me with Time Warner after a meeting at his public relations office, resulting in my first internship and setting me on course for a multi-award-winning PR/writing career that I look forward to continuing soon at your organization.
Are you looking for a proven winner?
Excellent. I look forward to our meeting and joining your exceptional organization.