Saturday, 04 June 2011 07:01

Change Begins with Desired Results

Your culture produces your results. If you need a change in results, then you need a change in culture. Your culture is always working, either for you or against you. To accelerate a change in the culture, start by defining the new results you wish to achieve. Everyone in the organization needs to be focused on and aligned with the desired new outcomes. Culture changes one person at a time.

Your people must believe that these new results are obtainable. Only then can they change their thinking and actions — something that usually happens when they can verbalize their job descriptions in terms of how they contribute to successful outcomes.

Published in News
Saturday, 04 June 2011 07:18

Company Culture is Linked to Bottom Line

Recognize This! – You can’t engage employees. You can only create a culture in which they want to engage.

An article in Knoweldeg at W.P. Carey pointed out the importance of company culture to achieving the company strategy – and the peril of ignoring that importance.

Why is culture so important? Culture is simply the shared beliefs, values and behaviors of a group of people.

Published in News
Wednesday, 07 July 2004 12:00

Do Words Move You?

Have we forgotten how to experience the excitement that first-class literature was meant to instill? I stumbled upon this article. It's not earth shaking. The principle isn't revolutionary. The people are completely unknown to me. But it asks a question.

Can the lovesick violence of Wuthering Heights or the raw adventure of Moby Dick really make the heart beat faster?

It's a question that comparative literature student Paul Sopcak is exploring, using an intriguing mix of hard science and the arts. Who is Paul Sopcak? Does it matter? The German PhD student, studying at the University of Alberta, is researching the connection between literature and emotions in personal and moral development.

Published in Academic
Monday, 01 October 2007 04:47

Immigration Invasion

Even though I'm a fairly well-entrenched, left-wing liberal, I am so angry at current trends regarding immigration. As a professional strategist, I recognize the purpose that the immigration debate serves. Immigration is a wedge issue.  The issue is very polarizing within both conservative and liberal camps. It is not accidental that this issue is receiving so much attention. It is deliberate and purposeful.

Those that advance a position on the foundation of illegal immigration are advancing a cause that undermines national security and sovereignty.  I do not stand blindly with those that advance tollerant (flexible) immigration positions that are, on net, negative to the maturity of our society, culture, safety, security, and economic.

In the interest of American sovereignty and in the interests of our nation, I joyfully break from the left and abandon most social liberals that can not see the danger in this issue.

Published in Social
Sunday, 22 February 2015 05:34

Personal Diversity Statement

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I welcome you.

I welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.

I welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, dilettantes, musicians, photographers, readers, writers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. I welcome people who want to change the world, people who want to keep in touch with friends, people who want to make great art, and people who just need a break after work.

I welcome fans, geeks, nerds, and pixel-stained technopeasant wretches. I welcome Internet beginners who aren't sure what any of those terms mean. I welcome you no matter if the Internet was a household word by the time you started secondary school or whether you were already retired by the time the World Wide Web was invented.

I welcome you. You may wear a baby sling, hijab, a kippah, leather, piercings, a pentacle, a badge, a rainbow, a rosary, tattoos, or something I can only dream of. You may carry a guitar or knitting needles or a sketchbook. essence of diversityConservative or liberal, libertarian or populist [See note below.]

I believe it's possible (although not terribly probable) for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. I believe in the broad spectrum of individual and collective experience and in the inherent dignity of all people. I believe that amazing things come when people from different worlds and world-views approach each other to create a conversation.

I get excited about creativity — from pro to amateur, from novels to haiku, from the photographer who's been doing this for decades to the person who just picked up a sketchbook last week. I support maximum freedom of creative expression, within the few restrictions I need to keep the service viable for other users. With servers in the US I'm obliged to follow US laws, but I'm serious about knowing, respecting, and protecting your rights when it comes to free expression and privacy. I will never put a limit on your creativity just because it makes someone uncomfortable — even if that someone is myself.

I think accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority, not an afterthought. I think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. I believe in being inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the desire to build a community.

I have enough experience to know that I won't get any of this perfect on the first try. But I have enough hope, energy, and idealism to want to learn things I don't know now. I may not be able to satisfy everyone, but I can certainly work to avoid offending anyone. And I promise that if I get it wrong, I'll listen carefully and respectfully to you when you point it out to me, and I'll do my best to make good on my mistakes.

I think my technical, business, academic, and leadership experience is important, but I think our community experience is more important. I know what goes wrong when companies say one thing and do another, or when they refuse to say anything at all. I believe it is important to insure transparency and integrity in word and deed while respecting stability and tradition.

I make every attempt to walk my talk -- I am not perfect; however, I believe in striving for progress not perfection. I avoid treating treat people as second-class undesireables because they're non-mainstream or might frighten "normal" people. To me, you are not simply eyeballs. You are not simply pageviews. You are not simply demographic groups. You are people -- in the tribe of humanity.

Come dream with me.

[Honesty revision (2017)] I now, no longer welcome, embrace, or respect those who openly identify as a (modern) Conservative or Libertarian; for them, I harbor antipathy. Spiritually, I can not reconcile with Conservative or Libertarian beliefs that:

  • advocate American exceptionalism;
  • support bigoty and/or ignore social justice;
  • seek to destroy or privatize the public commons;
  • advance economic liberalism at the cost of equal opportunity or the environment;
  • promote Judeo-Christian practice and dogma while righteously suppressing others' beliefs and/or practices, or to not practice and/or believe, as should be possible;
  • are opposed to communism, socialism, tribalism, humanism, darwinism, vulcanism, or climatism out of fear and ignorance;
  • defend Western culture from perceived threats posed by "creeping socialism", moral relativism, multiculturalism, and liberal internationalism.

Such things are antithetical to that which I believe. Which is contemporaneous "liberalism" – now recalled as classical liberalism – that advocates both political freedom for individuals and a free market in the economic sphere. Additionally, I staunchly support the separation of church and state, utilitarianism, social liberalism, and where socially pragmatic, responsible economic liberalism -- ideas promulgated by John Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, who are respectively remembered as the fathers of classical liberalism.

For those that identify more as Populists or who ignorantly harbor a notion that they are Independent, I reserve abject contempt. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt, along with an ample dose of sloth and laziness, have rendered Populists into little more than lemmings -- possessed of mindless, misdirected energy.  One may be independent of affiliation, but one is not independent of ideology -- such being either a foolish and harmful denial or an unwillingness to assert an honest position. A self-described Independent is someone who intentionally misrepresents themselves -- or more simply, a liar.

If lies and liars are the new normal, I'll have nothing to do with acrasial people. I will dis-empower them. I will give their fallaciloquence no voice or venue. I will offer no safe harbor. To be clear, I will discriminate against those who support untruthfulness or the untruthful, hate or the hateful, aggression or the aggressive. And to the best of my ability, I will divorce myself from those, who, through inaction, do nothing to oppose untruthfulness, hate, or aggression.

I can have and hold spiritual values that emphasize compassion while at the same time assertively defending myself against those who intend or advance real (or the apprehension of) harm against myself or others.

As a Buddhist, I recognize the Buddha nature present in a shark; however, my journey does not require me to either swim with sharks or to place my head in a shark's jaws.  And if I know an evil man places poison in my tea, I am under no obligation to drink with him.

Published in Uncategorised
Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. It is this neutrality that has allowed the internet to innovate and grow. Without equal access the internet dies.