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Could Your Gut Instinct Save Your Life?

by Glenn Shepard
September 23, 2014

Category:  Management

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Dear Glenn,


(Regarding the article on Joan Rivers), Love how one of the timeless principles of success was ‘defying the norms’ and yet, you began the article with the fact that you found the raunchiness of one of her acts disappointing.

    It’s still very much a man’s world, and comedic actors and comedians are considered hilarious for raunchier material while for women….well, I suppose it’s not considered ‘ladylike’ for us ‘girls’ to do raunchy humor.


Megan in Missouri


Dear Megan,


When I was learning stand up comedy early in my public speaking career, a writer for Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell) taught me to "never go in the gutter" because it cheapens good writing.

     I've seen Eddie Murphy, Sam Kinison, Gallagher, Sinbad, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Kevin James, Ray Romano, Paul Reiser, Rob Schneider, Weird Al Yankovic, and ventriloquist Terry Fator (who won America's Got Talent a few years ago). I studied every detail, from Jay Leno's perfectly shined shoes to how many bottles of water Robin Williams had on stage (12).

      The best writing and execution came from those who focused on being funny, not raunchy.

     A comic can defy the norms without using the F Word in every other sentence, regardless of their gender.

     Thanks for your comment, but I reject the premise that the criticism of Joan Rivers is se*ist.


Glenn in Nashville, TN


Glenn at Zanies Comedy Club

Glenn performing at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, 1987

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Last week a manager in Pennsylvania told me she's worried that a certain employee might shoot her, and asked if she's being paranoid.


The answer is NO.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace shootings by current or former employees happen about once a week in the U.S.


While it's impossible to predict who's going to pull the trigger, there are often clues.


According to John Douglas, former chief of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, some of the behaviors to watch for include:



1. Holding a grudge


2. Being unaccepting of criticism


3. Showing little involvement with co-workers


4. Having an obsession with one's job


5. Testing the limits of acceptable behavior 


6. Exhibiting paranoid behavior


7. Making direct or veiled threats


8. Intimidating or instilling fear in others


9. Having recent personal problems


10. Extreme changes in behavior



Many are chronically disgruntled and blame others for their mistakes. They don’t accept change well and are overly suspicious of co-workers.


They often feel they’re entitled to their job, were intentionally held back from promotion by incompetent supervisors, and are being victimized by a company that’s unfairly taking it away.


The killer is typically a loner who has few relationships outside of work, so losing his job means losing his identity.


They typically act with calm deliberation, and the vast majority are white, middle aged men.


Nobody ever thinks this will happen to them, but I meet people every year who work for companies where it has happened.


When that little voice inside your head is trying to tell you something, don't ignore it - especially when it's something this serious.




To Your Success (and Safety),



Glenn Shepard




P.S. For those who plan to email us about how it’s racist to mention skin color and se*ist to mention gender, your email will be edited with the DELETE key. Political correctness should be the last thing on your mind when it’s a life and death matter.




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