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Senator Edward Kennedy’s lesson to job seekers

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It is inevitable that, after the death of an influential political figure, there will be a lot of commentary and talk. TV viewers can watch hours and hours of analysis about everything from his life and work to how many family members might have been around his bedside upon his death. Even Sarah Palin came out with a friendly, sympathetic statement.

A few lessons for careerists come to mind…

Soft Skills/Emotional Intelligence

What strikes me is the emphasis on Senator Kennedy’s ability to reach across the political aisle. Several commentators indicated that they believed the debate over healthcare reform might be much different had Senator Kennedy been able to be more intimately involved.
There is no doubt that the ability to communicate with all types of people from different ideologies and beliefs is a key “soft” skill that job seekers need to consider. Work environments are about relationships as much (if not more) than they are about “getting the job done.”

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TED KENNEDY DEAD at 77 – Carries on Kennedy tradition of dying

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Long time Massachusetts Senator, Ted Kennedy passed away at the age of 77 after a year-long bout with brain cancer, and followed in his brothers’ footsteps of dying.
This was one of the great ironies of the senator’s career. For decades, his
liberalism and labor ties made him a butt of ridicule for the right. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) first came to Congress literally campaigning against Ted Kennedy liberalism.

But over time, that standing allowed Kennedy to be an agent for compromise, an independent actor with a penchant for deal-making that even annoyed his own party leaders. This was true on education, immigration and health issues in the past decade. No other single Democrat could provide such political cover for others when he opted to move to the center.

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Goodbye Senator Ted Kennedy

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Late Tuesday night Senator Ted Kennedy, the last of the Kennedy brothers who helped to define modern American politics, died after over a year of being diagnosed with malignant brain cancer.

Not surprisingly Ted Kennedy was active right up until the last and stayed living up to his name. Next month he was scheduled to release an autobiography, had been working on a succession plan for when he decided to leave his senate seat, and was a supporter for health care reform. Despite his illness Kennedy was a huge and outspoken supporter of the election of President Obama. He used his political clout, family name and immense respect he had built up as the third longest seated senator to call people to vote for Obama. He left his hospital bed to go to the convention where he spoke in favor of Obama and even ended up having a seizure on inauguration day.
On top of that, even though he was sick he used the fact that he had the means to get health care for his sickness to highlight the problems with health care in this country. Wouldn't it be poetic justice if we could get more equal and better health care for everyone in his honor.

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Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies - the end of an era

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U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, a major figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America's most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died late on Tuesday, CNN said. He was 77.I suspect that whether folks lean to the right or the left, all join in sadness at the passing of this legendary and tireless Senator.

He was loved and admired by his political allies and opponents who knew him and only real strangers vilified only from afar. Those who knew him called him "friend" whatever their political views.

He was perhaps one of the most effective legislators the Senate has seen in years. He invented the concept of "reaching across the isle" before anyone coined the phrase. While vigorously fighting for the issues he loved the most, he was the master of compromise and, as a result, had deep friendships with leading Republicans.

Ted Kennedy's passing marks the end of an era of Kennedy men of his generation. His family stands as an example of the adage that with great privilege comes great responsibility.

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