Leadership and Supervisory Training: A Waste of Time and Money?

Does this scenario sound familiar?  Jack’s agency was targeted by a Congressional subcommittee for failing to deliver results. To show improvement, the agency director dictated each division would send a team of a midlevel managers to a two-week seminar, “Delivering Results through Innovative Leadership.” With airfare, lodging and meals, and conference fee, Jack’s division invested… Read More Leadership and Supervisory Training: A Waste of Time and Money?

Star Trek and Public Service: Creating the United Federation

It would be hard to miss that this is the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek.” There are few entertainment events in the past century that have had such an impact on our culture and on so many people here, and around the globe. Through its many TV versions as well as major movies, most scientists… Read More Star Trek and Public Service: Creating the United Federation

Time to Rethink Performance Measurement

Despite the contemporary erosion of of facts, it’s impossible to run large organizations without credible observations about what’s happening and, separately, what’s working. Performance measurement helps with both and can be as deliberate as Baldridge Key Performance Indicators or as impromptu as “How’m I doing?” made famous by former Mayor Ed Koch’s ad hoc surveys… Read More Time to Rethink Performance Measurement

The “New” Southern States: Regressing or Moving Ahead?

According to the United States Constitution, Section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. “ Although ERA has had its share of pressure, recent events make it hard to believe… Read More The “New” Southern States: Regressing or Moving Ahead?