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Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:14 PM
Cool Work
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work

This guy might have the best job in America. He's been called 'the voice of heaven.' Who is he? Jack O'Connell, the secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Part of his job: calling to inform superstar players that they are the newest Hall of Famers. If you receive at least 75% of a given year's tally, O'Connell calls you. 'I'm doing something millions of people would love to do,' says O'Connell, who has informed 18 players of their election since 1995. He hears screams of glee, sobs of joy -- and he never has to deliver bad news to the guys who didn't make it. Who wouldn't want work like that?

1 comment

Julie - 1/19/2006 8:25:23 PM
Delivering good news has always been easy and wonderful. I would have loved to have been Ed McMahon, for example, delivering big Publisher's Clearinghouse checks to surprised winners at their homes. For our economy to grow, however, our business schools and corporate cultures need to develop people who are really good at delivering really bad news. We need to counsel employees with frank but humane honesty to encourage them to attack their weaknesses and learn to excel at work. And we need to help people leave jobs gracefully, ready to tackle new challenges after they've been 'downsized' or 'outplaced.' Jack's got a great job, all right, but the American business landscape needs only a few people who want that kind of easy road.


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