It's been years since television series "Without a Trace" was in production.
Like all recent popular broadcast, it focused on a heavily flawed character. That was shut-down FBI special agent Jack Malone, played by Anthony LaPaglia.
Although he couldn't commit in a loving relationship to his subordinate Samantha, he couldn't let her go.
Malone was and continues to be the anti-hero who sticks with us.
Heroes, in contrast, are bound to stick it to us. Remember how we admired the talent of superlawyers like David Boies?
Then we read in The New Yorker and the book "Bad Blood" how he has expanded the traditional boundaries of practicing law.
On a scale of 1 to 5, Boies' law firm Boies Schiller receives a 2.9 on Glassdoor. Obviously, Boies is no hero to employees either.
Reruns around the world of "Without a Trace" have high viewership. And my blogging on "Without a Trace," going back to the time it was still producing new episodes also has high traffic. The heaviest traffic is associated with Sam's building a relationship with her son's father Brian. The issue is: Will Malone figure out a way to derail that?
The Malone character has been the platform for so many other riveting anti-heroes.
Among the newest are the three Detroit suburban housewives gone rogue on "Good Girls." On the one hand, they are caring, attentive mothers and loyal friends to each other. On the other, they have robbed a store and launder money.
The classics in that genre range from Tony Soprano to Walter White.
Those in the persuasion and influence game, be they trial lawyers or marketers on Instagram, have to factor in our commitment to the flawed human being.
The traditional values depicted on early television, such as "Father Knows Best" confused us.
We Baby Boomers, for example, were The Therapy Generation. We needed to sort out the families we grew up with versus the ones on the small screen. It took decades for many of us reared on HappyClappy 1950s programming to accept life as it was - and is.
Currently, as I hear over and over again from those over-50 whom I coach, the latest reality punch in the gut is ageism in the workplace.
Aging, too often, has not only tarnished professionals' star. It has limited their ongoing marketability in their careers. Here, free to click open and read, is my most recent book on how older professionals can land, hold, and move on to better work Download Outwitting ageism.
Today, Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" would probably be forced into early retirement.
Would that allegedly drive him into suicide as it did JPMorgan Chase broker Michael A. Lorig. His estate is contending that in a lawsuit against his former employer. The litigation is "Mullaugh v. JP Morgan."
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