The real story…

Jill 4Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire, commented that it remains unclear exactly why Jill Abramson was dismissed recently as executive editor of the NY Times.  Despite being a publicly traded entity, it needn’t disclose the specific reasons.  Speculation abounds however that she was miffed at being paid less for her job description than a male in the same role.  I am not surprised by this rhetoric, even though it is patently untrue.  I expected those who promote “equal pay for equal work” to trip over themselves coming to her defense.  Defense of what is the question.

Other speculation revolves around her inability to lead by example, yet remain a reliable people pleaser, always a tough line to walk.

Ms Abramson has a long and impressive resume.  This we can all agree on.  What is not implied or codified by her career record is that she is an excellent manager of people.  To the contrary, there have been times when she has reportedly appeared to be the opposite, or has been accused of such.Jill 2

Regardless, as she clearly noted during a recent commencement address, she is resilient, she will survive her firing, and from the humorous, self deprecating tone of her speech, it appears she bears no ill will toward her previous employer (no plans to remove the tattoo of the NYT logo either).  For this alone she should be commended, in this incredibly litigious society we live in.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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