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Tuesday, May 03, 2005 12:10 PM
Renaissance People
Kevin Salwen on Creativity

I always thought Jim Lehrer from the PBS Newshour was in the 'smart but stodgy' category. Not exactly the kind of guy I wanted to 'hang' with.

Then, a few days ago, I heard him on Don Imus's radio show. I'd always known that Lehrer also wrote mystery novels, but then he dropped another thing on me: An amazing imitation of a bus-station announcer reciting in a deadpan drawl a list of the podunk towns the Greyhound would be hitting. It was marvelous, hilarious, true to life. In that 30 seconds, I suddenly saw Lehrer in a different light -- as a person who does the news, not a newsperson, if you catch my split hairs.

Each of us has multiple skills, yet oftentimes we're pigeonholed ('he's an accounting guy,' 'she's a tech person'). But those things often just reflect the job we were hired to do. When do we get to showcase our Renaissance skills? How can companies best find those out?


2 comments

Tony - 5/5/2005 11:05:45 AM
Hi,

Great comment. It demonstrates the power of radio.

I imagine you'd have a totally different response to watching Jim do this on television.

Thanks,
Tony
maria - 5/4/2005 8:25:22 AM
Great post, Kevin! There's a woman named Margaret Lobenstine who's done a lot of research and work in the area of what she calls Renaissance Souls. I believe her book is going to be out soon. She has a quiz on her website, and some wonderful reading that delves into the psyche of Renaissance Souls, the ways in which our culture has attached negative labels to people who approach life and career that way, and why being a Renaissance Soul can be a real advantage in today's world. Actually, the topic could be intriguing for one of your future issues, perhaps. Her site is: www.togetunstuck.com.

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