17 Jul Mrs. Wiggins or Mr. Wiggins?
When I was a kid there really was nothing funnier than an episode of The Carol Burnett Show. I loved the bits with Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tudball. Tim Conway played the uptight Swedish-American boss, Mr. Tudball, who desperately wanted to run a professional office, but was constantly tested by his indifferent secretary, “Mrs. Ah-huh-Wiggins,”as he would say. It makes me laugh just thinking about his accent and how he’d pronounce her name!
Mrs. Wiggins was a hysterically bad stereotype of a ditzy, blond, high maintenance, nail-painting, slow-talking, even slower moving secretary.
The major source of hilarity was the constant lack of real communication between the two of them. It seemed that the more Mr. Tudball tried to explain something, the less Mrs. Wiggins actually understood. All that talk via their *new* intercom, yet so little action by Mrs. Wiggins.
As you may have heard, this past Sunday there was sabotage at Stage 14 of the Tour de France. Apparently some spectators threw a myriad of tacks onto the path of the speedy cyclists causing nearly 30 riders to endure flat tires and even eliminating one rider completely due to a broken collar bone.
Wiggins said, “So many guys punctured at once, it became quite apparent very quickly that something was up.” And, in the crowd of punctured tires and competitors down for the count was the Tour’s defending champion, Cadel Evans.
With few words and bold action, Wiggins slowed down. He led his team, Team Sky, to a slower pace and encouraged the rest of the peloton to do the same. Wiggins stated after the race that he didn’t want to benefit from the misfortune of others, mainly Cadel Evans.
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So, I guess it all boils down to actions speaking louder than words.
That old adage holds true in philanthropy circles as well. In a recent Millennial Impact Report on giving, 92% of Millennials surveyed said they gave to non-profit organizations in 2010. Yet, non-profits reports that less than 5% of their donors are under the age of 35. How can that be…those numbers just don’t jive.
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