The Frightening Responsibility of Leadership

The link below will take you to the article titled “Making The Tough Calls”, written by Fast Company Editor-in Chief, Stephanie Mehta. She doesn’t need anyone paraphrasing for her. I just have to say that this captures the very scary responsibility of leadership and the importance of values at the foundation of business, especially as it relates to AI.

This is not a long read… but it should leave some weighty thoughts on your mind.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90395810/from-the-editor-what-the-ceos-of-bumble-and-nike-have-in-common

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What Rights? MY ANSWER!

I would like to know how the felon who shot, what was it, 12 cops, in Philadelphia during that standoff on August 14th, has rights. How about the rights of the cops that were shot and their families?

Now, with the felon in the judicial system, the tax payers will be paying for judges, courts, lawyers, and probably years of incarceration costs. And there have to be 1000’s of these guys (gun related crimes).

It is not the guns, it is the laws and convoluted legal and judicial system which permits the rights of innocent bystanders, first responders, and victims of crimes to suffer temporary or often lifetime pain and injuries while the system protects the “rights” criminals.

And, while our hopeless, gutless lawmakers cower under the influence of money from special interest groups, the laws remain far too lenient and the rights of victims forgotten.

Here is a link that puts the USA gun problem in perspective… https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081

It is just enough to make you chew nails!

MY ANSWER? If you use a gun in a crime, attempted crime, you pay the ultimate price. No attorney, no court, no jail, no lawyer.

Oh, wait, let’s improve the background check system. I would speculate most gun related crimes are committed by criminals and felons and crazies who would obtain the gun they need, well outside the background check system. Here’s a chart that shows the overload on the NCIS Firearm background check system, how about 2+ million submissions in July 2019 alone. Can you just imagine the government managing that? It can’t. And to this blogger, background checks are not the answer.

Here’s the link: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/nics_firearm_checks_-_month_year.pdf/view

Listening to XM news, in an interview with one of our federal law makers, he said that the answer to the assault weapon issue (which is just one gun relate problem) is a voluntary federal buy back program. I know the criminals and crazies and back woods militias will be standing in line to participate. The guy has his head in a place that is inappropriate for me to describe in this posting.

I like MY ANSWER!

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Success and Ignorance

So Andrew Luck announces his retirement from the Colts. He explains that the years of injuries and pain that he experienced and the continuing possibility of more of the same was just not worth the impact on his health and family.

During his career, Luck suffered a lacerated kidney, a torn abdomen, torn cartilage, and a concussion.


So the fans booed him as he walked off the field for the last time. They did not applaud for the yeas of leadership he provided for the team. They did not applaud for the tremendous athletic ability he demonstrated through years at the QB position. They did not applaud for the years of wins and thrills he provided on the gridiron. There was no standing ovation for the four-time Pro Bowler! Luck said that it hurt walking off the field, hearing that from the “fans”.

I placed this post under success because of what the man contributed to NFL, to the sport, to the community, to the fans. This post is all about that!

It is a post about success, nothing short of success in so many dimensions!

Separately, I just have to say that there must be a tremendous amount of ignorance, tunnel vision, and just plain stupidity in Indianapolis, as demonstrated by the “fans” at last Saturdays preseason game. They enjoyed years of so much entertainment, thrills, and pride, courtesy of the team and Andrew Luck. All of that at the leadership of Andrew Luck! And that is how they send him off!

Good luck Andrew Luck… there are many of us that applaud your contribution to the NFL, the community, the sport, and the team!

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Ain’t no 1st class in DC !!!!

 
Subject: Congress-Woman ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ On Her Way To Washington, DC
 
 
DEMOCRAT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SITTING IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.
 
SHE THEN TELLS THE CONGRESSWOMAN THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.
 
OCASIO-CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL,  I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A YOUNG WOMAN SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, WHO BELONGS IN ECONOMY AND WON’T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.
 
THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO OCASIO-CORTEZ AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO ECONOMY.
 
CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THE  CONGRESSWOMAN WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON.
 
THE PILOT SAYS, “I’LL HANDLE THIS, I’M MARRIED TO A LIBERAL.”
 
HE GOES BACK TO THE DEMOCRAT AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, “OH, I’M SORRY.” AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.
 
“I TOLD HER, FIRST CLASS ISN’T GOING TO DC.”

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Really ?

I spent way too much time completing the surgical center’s pre-op online patient information prior to recent shoulder surgery… pages!  All that information is available at my surgeons’ office and my family doc’s office, in the same city. But it is not about proximity. If the medical community would step into the tech age for record keeping and sharing, all those records, care, procedures, medications, etc., would be available to the medical community at large, without the duplicate records and paperwork. It is absurd.

I complained about this to the surgical center to no avail.  I registered a complaint in my surgeon’s office and their answer was the office and the surgical centers are not related facilities.

When the hell is the medical profession going to get real about central records on global servers?  That argument about proprietary / confidentiality does not stand.  Just look at global transactions made and information storage used by business and industry and banking and their customers, and suppliers across the web.  Do those businesses get hacked? It happens. Do they recover, yes!  Do they abandon global record keeping, transactions, and interfaces?  No!  They just get better at security!

And think of the advantages for the patient and physician:

  • A lot less paperwork in doc’s office.
  • New doc’s would know the patient’s entire medical history.
  • That history could be updated as necessary following patient visits and procedures.
  • Doc’s could see a patient’s script history before prescribing new/additional drugs.
  • Few patients show up with a complete memory of all procedures, exams, drugs, allergic reactions, etc. No need to know that, the information is in a data base.
  • I’m sure the medical and information technology community could add many more bullets to the above list.

Really?

There is hope ! https://www.crmjetty.com/blog/patient-portal

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Legends and Stories

This blog calls it’s stories, “log entries”.

Grandfather valued stories above all else.  He once said that our family histories are captured in legends and tales.  They keep our ancestors, our culture and our history alive.  We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t we lose them.  If the stories are gone , then the people are gone too.

….from “What the Wind Knows”, by Amy Harmon.

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Very Lucky !

I love  talking to my kids about their jobs.  

They work for big companies.​ ​They have jobs with huge scopes.  They have gone through company relocation. They touch a lot of people — customers, employees peers, bosses. 

I just ask how’s the job, how are things at work and just sit back and listen and appreciate their business sense, that they know and have skills that successfully influence customers, bosses, and co-workers, and have business competencies that help them be successful and that give them important leverage in their companies. 

I am thankful and very lucky!

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