Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jusasecretary : Other responsiblities as assigned....

Jusasecretary : Other responsiblities as assigned....: Other responsibilities as assigned which translates into team leader for the coordination of Holiday events within the office.  You know...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Public Administration Timeline

If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend doing a timeline in TimeToast. I provides a good visual display of certain concepts.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

BCG research: US skills gap in manufacturing isn’t as bad as feared -

BCG research: US skills gap in manufacturing isn't as bad as feared

By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff

A shortage of US manufacturing skills isn't as bad as feared, according to new research by the Boston Consulting Group.

BCG estimates that the U.S. is short some 80,000 to 100,000 highly skilled manufacturing workers, which works out to less than 1 percent of the nation's 11.5 million manufacturing workers.

And in many cases, the skill shortages are localized. Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Miami, San Antonio, and Wichita, for example, appear to have significant or severe skills gaps, BCG said.

One cause for concern: The average US high-skilled manufacturing worker is 56 years old.

''Shortages of highly skilled manufacturing workers exist and must be addressed, but the numbers aren't as bad as many believe,'' Harold L. Sirkin, a BCG senior partner and co-author of the research, said in a statement. ''The problem is very localized. It's much less of an issue in larger communities, where supply and demand evens out more efficiently thanks to the bigger pool of workers.''

BCG is a global management consulting firm specializing in giving advice on business strategy. It has 77 offices in 42 countries.

Chris Reidy can be reached at

Thank You,

Kenyatta Lovett

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Working With People & Being Effective

I decided to take some time to do some leisure reading to get my mind off my doctoral work - comps and prospectus. So I grabbed a Wired Magazine to get a little geek-therapy. As with all Wired editions, I enjoy the perspectives, and the writing gives me some creative inspiration. The August 2012 issue has a cover/feature article on Steve Jobs, an analysis of his eccentric approach to life and leadership. There were arguments on both sides of the critique; one analyzing the ends and the other concerned about the means.

In any case, the article focused more on the people around Steve Jobs than the man himself. It is a question of balance, and how we can organize our sacrifices to find some form of happiness. Sure, it is easy to tell yourself that you don't have to sacrifice much if you can limit your expectations for your work. And for most people, that idea may work. But please understand that Steve Jobs wasn't that disconnected from people. If that were the case, you wouldn't wait in line for his products. True, the lifestyle may not be for you, but one must admit that the lives of the innovators are necessary in our world. Maybe you don't have to sacrifice much, because the jerks are out there putting it all on the line, putting in the hours, and doing so at the expense of the leisures of life.

My recent journey has shown me one thing for sure. It's hard to be serious about a goal and not find value in the approach that Jobs and others have taken to get things done. It's not something that comes a la carte, in that you can be brutally honest with a product developer, and be totally different when you get home. Even the smallest quest for success requires war, friction, and confrontation. So if it takes horse-trading, political fights, side-deals, and manipulation for an alderman to get a sidewalk built in his/her district, what do you think it takes to make meaningful change in the world?

It's just a thought. I see the downside of the life of Jobs, and there are as many tragedies as successes in his story. I just don't know if there is another option if we so choose to advance our civilization.

Dedicated to those who have made the choice to be warriors at all cost.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Some Tragedies Aren't Tragic At All

In one of the most recent issues of Wired Magazine, Ben Paynter wrote a piece titled The Fire Next Time (2012, p. 21), which focused on the perception that close calls are something to be celebrated. Some bloggers have already commented on this article, and I would like to add something to his point, which may be way off point.

For some time now, I have been chatting with a few of my friends about issues and problems in the world, especially in situations close to us. I often I say that "some tragedies aren't tragic at all", which is my way of pointing out how disasters and tragedies are often cumulative effects; an atomistic compilation of various bad decisions. Before you go to jail on your third strike, you must accumulate two strikes before that one. In every aspect of life we see how misfortunes can accumulate into something worse. Based on Paynter's point, not only can we witness a bad behavioral approach to mistakes or bad decisions in organizations, but we can clearly visualize it in everyday life.

In golf, most good players will tell you that they never follow up a bad shot with another bad shot. But what if the bad shot turns out okay? Will we correct our errors on the course, or count it all victory? And what happens when the same swing, in a different situation, creates disaster for us in the result of a shot that lands in the center of a lake? Can this bad outcome be traced to some previous action that was noted as a success? The dangerous thinking stems from viewing success as a destination, and not a continual process. In academics, a math test can reveal the exact same correct answers in a given classroom, but the process to getting the answer may tell a different story, which is much more relevant to the overall success of the student. Where one student used the correct process, another guessed the answer, while another copied the answer from the one that guessed the answer. I believe this problem in our societal thinking is what Mr. Paynter is talking about.

I will leave this blog entry with a basic statement.

There's not much we can learn from success, and plenty to learn from failure and misfortune. Both deserve the attention and scrutiny necessary to make the improvements necessary to be successful in the future.

Paynter, B. (2012). The Fire Next Time. Wired Magazine, August 2012, pp. 21.