Should you stay or quit?


When was the last time you asked yourself whether you should stay with your present employer, or jump ship? asks a worthwhile article, "Working: Stay or Leave?" in Men's Health magazine this month. For answers, the article quotes people who have confronted the decision:

* J. Carter Brown, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. "If you stay at a job long enough, you your efforts become cumulative. What you can do over a long period of time is to build -- whatever it is---brick by brick. It's exciting to have been around long enough to have long-range goals and see them reached."

* Larry King, radio and TV host: "The word was out -- my CNN contract was going to end. I started to hear from others. ABC wanted me to follow Ted Koppel every night, for a lot more money. King World offered to syndicate my show for an enormous amount of cash. Then CNN offered me more money to stay. A major decision to make. I decided to stay at CNN, the lowest offer of any. My rule of thumb: Don't leave just for money. I would have regretted that. My decision was based on happiness."

* Caspar Weinberger: "My wife thinks I have overdone the transplanting process, but I think it's a good thing to pull up your roots and replant them from time to time."

* Art Buchwald, syndicated columnist: "Everything I am today came out of one experience -- that one decision -- not staying in California."

FEBRUARY FINDINGS: WBAL Radio talk-show host Allan Prell told me that about 90 percent of his recent calls were about the Persian Gulf war. . . Sweaty Palms Department: In one day late last week, three new top-level bosses arrived at places where I happily work, namely at The Evening Sun, WBAL Radio and WBAL-TV. (And later on the same day at my fourth workplace, a stock brokerage firm, my boss phoned long-distance (I was out), leaving a message for me to call. When I did, with pounding pulse, he just wanted to congratulate me on my 30-year employment anniversary date. Whew!). . . Everyone should watch closely now for new developments about federal bank insurance. Seems the White House will be pushing for a strict limit of $100,000 per person, not per account any more. Many CEOs and individuals have told me that they leave more than that in their accounts. Not good.

BALTIMORE BEAT: "In a proud moment for the entire Electronics Systems Group, two ESG divisions were honored as winners of the 1990 George Westinghouse Total Quality Awards. Baltimore's ESG Manufacturing Division was one." (Westinghouse Circuit, Baltimore). . . "Mike Champigny's wedding ring is off for good, but his marriage is still intact. In his line of work -- overhead line mechanic -- wedding rings are a safety hazard, regardless of how strong the marriage is." (B.G.& E. house organ).

MIDWINTER MEMOS: Going home from work, have you noticed how bright the evenings are? We're two months past winter's earliest sunset, and one month past its latest sunrise. . . "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." (William James). . . "Before you file a piece of paper, don't stop to ask yourself, 'Is there a chance I might need this?' 80 percent of what people file they never retrieve. Better: ask yourself, 'If I don't file it, and need it later, where can I get the data?' " (Five Days to An Organized Life by Lucy Hedrick).

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