Saturday, November 26, 2011

Chattanooga mayor faces recall vote

Chattanooga mayor faces recall vote

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield's detractors have won the latest round in their long-running bid for a recall election.

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Kenyatta Lovett

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Maybe We Should Be Working On Something Else

Sad Moment

After ten years of operation, I have officially closed down the business of K.L. Creative Solutions, Inc. It has been an awesome experience; something you can't buy anywhere on this planet. I will wait to reflect on the journey until I reach the end of this calendar year. But briefly, I want to lay out my thoughts about K.L. Creative and my role as the CEO.

The business had been on my mind well before 2001. The only reason why I launched the business was because of my dissatisfaction with my job and the market, my need to grow and develop new skills, and my belief that I could one day become an entrepreneur. All of these objectives were met in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, the process was somewhat unplanned, and the launch began with extreme pressure to render quick results - 5-month old daughter, wife, mortgage, and bills. Even worse, my business skills were lacking on many fronts, and my professional development was mediocre at best. But, it was a failure I would not trade for the world.

I'm not sure what will become of me as a professional, entrepreneur, or leader. I've come to understand that I can only concentrate on the things in front of me. If I have that magical shot at doing something "big", I know this experience with K.L. Creative Solutions will be the difference-maker, in terms of my ability to understand what is involved with running a business. More important, having the opportunity to stare failure dead in the face has forced me to appreciate the little things that lead to success.

This blog entry goes out to all the small businesses out there trying to survive. The world has no clue about what you go through. Wall Street couldn't understand your challenges if it hit them dead in the face. Washington can't comprehend how important your efforts are to freedom.

I remember the day I began the business, and it felt like a start of a new life; a chance to do it the right way. Today, I mourn for that life I failed to keep alive.

Keep surviving. Keep trying. Keep believing.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Technology Access Center of Nashville

I am proud to be a board member of this great organization. I encourage everyone to consider supporting our Holiday fundraiser. Technology has made a significant difference in the livelihoods of our disabled and impaired citizens.

Transformative Infrastructure to Boost Exports and Manufacturing

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Monday, November 14, 2011


Rock your mustache for Movember -

Friday, November 11, 2011

Good News, or Not


Before I could sulk too much about the state of public education, I stumble on this video. What's my point? If we, public education, choose not to modernize, don't be upset when Wall Street, or someone else, does it for us. If public education, especially higher education, believes the recent crackdown on for-profit colleges and universities settled the score, you are sadly mistaken. When they (for-profits) recover, the issues of quality, cost, and relevance to the immediate community will more than likely be non-issues, just saying.

What Happened

Yesterday, I took another tour of a high school using the career academy model – Whites Creek High School. Overall, the tour was very informative, and I am very impressed with the progress being made at the school. However, the experience has inspired me to present a thought to you about overall performance of our school systems, and how has inequity solidified itself in the system.

I am a graduate of Whites Creek – class of 1989. In my graduating class, we have a Harvard lawyer, the youngest African-American Nashville judge in history, a full professor at the University of Utah, a lawyer for the state of Tennessee (now deceased), surgeons and doctors, engineers and educators, vice presidents and pharmacists, and pro athletes – one with a Super Bowl ring. This was a predominately African-American population – 75%. Our class size is nearly the size is nearly the size of the current student population. I graduated number 16, and I remember my friends and I being upset about not making a 32 on the ACT.

Fast-forward 22 years later, and the percentage of this population that scores above a 21 at this same school is 6% - point zero, six. While I am grateful of the hard work of Marc Hill and the Nashville Chamber, Dr. Register and Jay Steele, the current principal of Whites Creek and others, I am at a loss as to what actually happened to the school. More important, I don’t know what happened to the school system. Granted I’ve only been back in the area for only seven years, and it may be out of line for me to question this matter. But, what changed in our approach, our view of education, and the students we are serving?

I think we are looking at this thing totally wrong - totally wrong. For a prosperous city like this, this is a scary reality.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Rough Year, but Good Ideas

Hello Everyone,

This has truly been an eventful and rough year for me. I will fill you in on the details later. For now, just know that I can't wait to get my thoughts on this blog. I have some new concepts and schematics in education, business strategy, and organization development to consider. Also, I have some new systems perspectives on technology, risk, and public organizations that I think may be useful to understanding how to make improvements in circumstances that fall outside of the traditional business view.

In any case, it will all have to wait until I finish these two courses this semester.