Here's some breaking news: This Tidbit Tuesday post has absolutely nothing to do with Britney Spears. There's no footage of her visiting Starbucks, Taco Bell or a gas station. But there is a little Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock today, but I swear it has to do with the workplace.
* Romancing Romo: There's been some discussion about whether celebrity/pop star/hair extension mogul Jessica Simpson had anything to do with the loss of the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's game against the New York Giants. The contention was that Simpson somehow adversely affected boyfriend/Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's work performance in the past. Supposedly a "fake" Jessica Simpson was planted at the game, all in an effort to jinx the Cowboys.
Career expert Nicole Williams notes: "Jessica Simpson officially has the weight of the Cowboys' lost chance at the Super Bowl on her shoulders, but is she really to blame? The truth is, a new romance can go either way on the career-performance scale. On the one hand, there's nothing like the shot of adrenaline that comes with the first flush of wanting to impress your new
love (along with those other 70,000 fans in the stands). And on the other, those late nights of crush-talk and one too many drinks inevitably mess with your tired head. In this case, with all eyes watching, heading to a fiesta-filled long weekend with Romo wasn't the smartest idea in the world -- unless of course, you're looking to give a your own career a boost after your latest
flicks went straight to DVD."
* Early life forms: If you've ever wondered why the guy in the cubicle next to yours is so shy you've never spoken more than five words to him on any given day, or why your boss is such a perfectionist, you may find the answer in their preschool days. According to new research, personalities are pretty well established by preschool years.
"The wallflowers will stay shy and reticent, though they will learn in time to be a little more sociable and assertive. And the average kids, the more resilient ones, will remain so.
But there is an interesting exception: The study found that as the most noisy and rambunctious kids hit their 20s, they still were more aggressive than the others yet they had become considerably more withdrawn than they were earlier in life. The researchers suspect that negative feedback from peers over the years makes these kids more self-conscious and quiet."
* Still more celebrity news: More experts are urging employees to make themselves into a brand (I've spoken about it on a personal brand summit), and even the celebrities are paying attention. Jennifer Aniston is dubbed one of the savviest celebrity business people, along with Sandra Bullock.