Tuesday, May 16, 2006
In Philadelphia, it seems, many people have their special way of solving their problems. Their thinking seems to diverge quite a bit from that of, say, TV shrink Dr. Phil. So, in the interest of clarifying the Phil-osophy of Life here, here are some tips from Dr. Philadelphia.
What is the best way to handle a dispute?
Dr. Phil: Try to be fair. Listen. Talk it out. Ask a friend or loved for an objective opinion.
Dr. Philadelphia: Whip out your gun and blast away.
How much risk of physical injury should I accept at work?
Dr. Phil: You should avoid any unnecessary risk of injury. Plus, be sure your employer takes all expedient steps to reduce your risks.
Dr. Philadelphia: Hooray! You broke your face to make the catch, even though the padding had yet to be installed. And so what if you're black and blue?! If you were a hockey player, you wouldn't have missed a day of work!
How should I handle someone who tags me as insensitive?
Dr. Phil: Explain how your feelings are hurt, and you meant no harm. But listen very carefully, and consider the feelings of others. Maybe they have a valid point.
Dr. Philadelphia: Tell them "you don't care" who's offended by your remarks about T.O. committing "black-on-black crime," and then get the Eagles to edit what you said off their website.
I have contract, but I'd like to take a job in New York.
Dr. Phil: One's word is one's bond. You want people to trust you, don't you? Tell the truth. Ask them nicely. They might let you go.
Dr. Philadelphia: Leave, rip the organization the way out, sign with the Knicks, and then laugh all the way to bank when they want to buy you out for $40 million.
My wife tells me I shouldn't use the word morons.
Dr. Phil: Again, would you like to be called a moron? Probably not. So do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and choose your words wisely.
Dr. Philadelphia: Yo, use the term French street-namers instead.
Do you have a question for Dr. Philadelphia?
Shoot off an email.