Morning Reads v6

{#tbt: Remember when we didn’t have to wear a down jacket every time we stepped out of the house? I am so sick of this weather. Spring… where are you?!}

I’ll admit – it’s been hard for me to read anything lately. I don’t take the train as my commute, and every spare moment I’ve had lately is being spent either working out (trying to keep at it) or choreographing for the dance show at my alma mater. Life has gotten away from me lately – you really can’t have it all. I’m trying hard to see my friends, eat healthy, workout, and continue to work hard and get things done.

1. Hire Slow, Fire Fast by Dan S. Kennedy on entrepreneur.com: Have you ever been on a job interview and left with an offer? I have, and I have never taken it. I don’t know why – something about it always rubs me the wrong way. The employer seems to desperate, like they aren’t keeping their options open. Hiring slow makes sense – don’t you want to do your due diligence to run a background check and check references? Offering someone a job on the spot can indicate recklessness and turn off prospective employees.

As for firing fast: I’ve been a part of a lot of teams where there is a very obvious “bad apple.” In college at my part time job it was obvious that one person was unhappy. She messed up constantly, often on purpose. She “poisoned” the minds of other employees, and she made the work place really difficult to be at. And what’s worse – I allowed her bad attitude to rub off on me. Never again. Employers need to remember: most employees who don’t want to be at work will show you in a thousand different ways without actually quitting.

Bad employees don’t cure themselves like ham hung in a barn. Hope isn’t a sound business strategy. But that’s what too many managers do—they wait and hope for a miraculous, spontaneous cure.

2. Vanessa Hudgens as a ‘Gigi’ Tailored for the Instagram Age by Alexandra Jacobs on nytimes.com: I always joke that it’s “in my contract” as a Filipino woman that I have to love and support Vanessa Hudgens. But I don’t have to. I genuinely want to. When I was in my Disney prime there weren’t a lot of non-Caucasian role models for me. By the time I was 16 Vanessa Hudgens showed up, followed of course by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. It’s crazy how important it is to see someone on TV that you feel you can relate to. I’ve followed Vanessa’s career since her High School Musical days and definitely consider her style and fashion to be my main inspiration on days when I’ve got nothing to wear. I am SO excited for her Broadway Debut and this article got me even more pumped!

3. The 13 Most Ignorant Quotes From That Awful Deadline Article by Dee Lockett on Vulture.com: Speaking of not having any non-Caucasian role models growing up, Deadline had a pretty freakin ignorant article regarding “Ethnic Castings” the other day. I had some pretty strong feelings when reading it (namely: WTF?!) and it’s good to know I’m not the only one who felt that way! You can find the link to the story on vulture – I don’t want to directly drive more traffic to Deadline!

The weekend is so close I could cry. Here’s hoping the next two days fly by!