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  1. Dr. Bob

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    "Lexicon of Inconspicuously Ambiguous Recommendations "

    You're called for a recommendation of a friend who is extremely lazy. You
    don't want to lie, but you also don't want to risk losing even a lazy
    friend. Try this line: "In my opinion," you say as sincerely as you can
    manage, "you will be very fortunate to get this person to work for you."

    This gem of double meaning is the creation of Robert Thornton, a professor
    of economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Thornton was frustrated
    about an occupational hazard for teachers, having to write letters of
    recommendation for former students with dubious qualifications, so he put
    together an arsenal of statements that can be read two ways. He calls his
    collection the Lexicon of Inconspicuously Ambiguous Recommendations. Or
    "LIAR", for short.

    LIAR may be used to offer a negative opinion of the personal qualities, work
    habits or motivation of the candidate while allowing the candidate to
    believe that it is high praise, Thornton explained.

    Some examples from LIAR:

    * To describe a person who is totally inept:
    "I most enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no
    qualifications whatsoever."

    * To describe an ex-employee who had problems getting along with fellow
    workers:
    "I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of
    mine."

    * To describe a candidate who is so unproductive that the job would be
    better left unfilled:
    "I can assure you that no person would be better for the job."

    * To describe a job applicant who is not worth further consideration:
    "I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of
    employment."

    * To describe a person with lackluster credentials:
    "All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this candidate or
    recommend him too highly."

    Thornton pointed out that LIAR is not only useful in preserving friendships,
    but it also can help avoid serious legal trouble in a time when laws have
    eroded the confidentiality of letters of recommendation.In most states, he
    noted, job applicants have the right to read the letters of recommendations
    and can even file suit against the writer if the contents are negative. When
    the writer uses LIAR, however, whether perceived correctly or not by the
    candidate, the phrases are virtually litigation-proof, Thornton said.

    Anyone think of some more "creative" references?
     
  2. Rachel

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    You're not really suggesting people do this are you? I hope you're kidding.
     
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    He's kidding Rachel. I think. :D
     
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    Vulcans do NOT bluff!!!
     
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    I'm sure if you give Dr. Bob a chance, he will
    grow on you.
     
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    These are fantastic examples. I could have used some of these when writing personnel evaluation while I was still in the service!
     
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    There are no words to describe his deep understanding of this business.

    I can safely say that his intelligence is unequalled by anyone at our firm.

    It is with unbridled enthusiasm that I recommend this candidate for a position outside our organization.
     
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    Dr. Bob You crack me up. As one who gas had to write many evaluations and recommendations I could have used this book. Trust me employers know how to read.
     
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    "No one can perform his job as well as he can."

    "The amount of effort he put into his job cannot be mentioned too many times."
     
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    I thought this oddly humorous. Tactful without lying. But NOT suggesting anyone do this. Just smile at the examples!
     
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    Not only that it's funny too.
     
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    "I thought this oddly humorous"

    "Not only that it's funny too."

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    No one is his equal in understanding the communicated message of his peers. [​IMG]

    In HIS service;
    Jim
     
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    "I thought this oddly humorous"

    "Not only that it's funny too."

    "And it caused some to smile."

    We can go on if any desire . . . :D
     
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    No one else posts like Dr. Bob around here. We all learn from his example.
     
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    "You will never catch this person sleeping on the job".
     
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    I think people have been using phrases like this for years. [​IMG] [​IMG] Thanks for sharing, Dr. Bob.

    I learned the hard way that when a former employer said, "She is a jewel, we really hate to lose her", their definition of jewel was certainly not the same as mine. She was a jewel all right, but a fake one. Fortunately, she quit before I had to terminate her.
     
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    HS football coach, writing a recommendation of a player to a college:

    "He led our conference in fumble recoveries". (Not written: "Most of them were his OWN")

    "He runs a 4.2 forty!"(forty FEET, that is...)

    "He had 12 interceptions in 10 games!"(While at QUARTERBACK...)

    "He maintains a 4.0 grade average!"(The school has a TEN-point grade scale.)
     
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    The serpent was the most subtile of all the creatures in the Garden.

    Let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay.
     
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    A co-worker of mine came up with this one.

    Incidentally, Our boss just announced he was moving on to another company. Coincidence? I hope so.
     

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