Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

March 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is looking for a part time career … Read More

Meet The Need, And Funding Will Take Care Of Itself.

February 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, CULTURE, Neat Ideas, People

A look inside The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s strategic planning process Few, if any, non-profit organizations have played a broader role in my hometown’s transformation from a Civil Rights-era battleground to an emergent symbol of the New South than the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Created in 1959, the Foundation has used grants from … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

January 1, 2018By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Humor, Miscellaneous

This column was originally published in the January, 2012 issue of B-Metro Magazine. Now seemed like a good time to re-post it. Almost true story: A fine Southern lady and her daughter are taking a cab through New York, when the young girl asks about several brazenly-dressed women standing at a nearby street corner. “Well, sweetheart,” … Read More

Board Out Of His Mind? Not Even For A Minute.

September 5, 2012By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Miscellaneous

Almost true story: It’s the first day of kindergarten for Brian Giattina’s son, and his turn comes to introduce himself. “I’m Gus. My dad runs a meth lab and an extortion ring.” Horrified, the teacher pulls him aside. “Gus, your father is a good man. Why would you say something like that?” “I didn’t want … Read More