Betty White, a great comic actor, died a few days ago.

Stan Zimmerman, a writer on the television comedy The Golden Girls, said that her timing and delivery was often perfect. In fact, when joke just didn’t go over, the problem was not in her delivery – it was the joke itself. So, the writing team just wrote a new joke.

I think a lot of us could benefit from a Betty White in our lives. Someone who we trust who can tell us when our jokes stink, or our brilliant new ideas aren’t ready for prime time. As I work on launching a new program over the coming months, I hope I will have the courage to call on the Betty White’s in my life.

I hope your year is off to a fine start.