How do you measure an election year? Theodore Roosevelt noted in his autobiography, “A vote is like a rifle: Its usefulness depends on the character of its user.” Before assuming the American presidency, this reputed hunter had also served as New York City police commissioner, governor of New York, and vice president. Photo Credit: A&E… Read More Seasons of Words
Amid this time of chaos and questions about social injustice and inequitable treatment, it remains important for our emerging leaders to acknowledge the evolving demographics of the workforce, and recognize the benefits of hiring and nurturing a diverse team of employees. The research seems to agree that the variety of backgrounds, experiences and expertise of… Read More Hope and Justice
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?
One morning, at two government offices, the day begins for two people. A male, enters the office late and gets reminded at the front door by his supervisor that his 15-minute tardiness is noted. Across town, a young woman enters the office after the official start time. She does with event as her supervisor sees… Read More One Morning at the Office
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
This week has been a very interesting week. I initially thought I would be able to take the day off on Labor Day, but that wasn’t the case. Why? Work. An organizational project I worked on for a small nonprofit normally would take three hours to complete. However due to the emotions and personalities of… Read More Affects of Personalities and Emotions on Organizations
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
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?
For those of us in academia, this is the time our attention turns to the many new students we are about to greet and how to help them have the best semester possible. Like you, I spend days thinking about the ways I can facilitate their learning in the subject area as well in the… Read More A New (Academic) Year
As another summer wanes, we find the arrival of Labor Day. Congress approved a federal holiday back in 1894, although its first official observance was held in New York City September 5, 1882. While traditionally meant to celebrate the American worker, this occasion compels us to consider what it means for the modern workplace. While… Read More The Titan of Industry