CNN. “5 Things”. 1.17.2022

Schools are also a focus (COVID-19 issues) as many struggle to remain open for in-person learning — but a lack of money isn’t the problem. Much of the $190 billion that Congress authorized for schools earlier in the pandemic has yet to be used. In a majority of states, less than 20% of the federal money had been spent by the end of November, according to data from the US Department of Education.


Now why would that be? There is a need. The money is available.

Why? My guess? It’s a leadership and management issue, terms not synonymous with the bureaucracy found in government. I suppose you might suspect misuse of funds in there too?

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The ONE interview question

From Fast Company, January 12, 2022, a four minute read. This piece on interviewing is up there with the best of them!

“Cultures evolve over time, generations even, and it takes enormous and holistic effort to truly change a culture. Hiring managers need to be realistic about what the day-to-day is in their organization and on this particular team. While you might be thinking you don’t want to scare away great talent, don’t worry: Your culture will do that handily if the “IRL” situation isn’t what you sold. (join a company, quit a boss). To get the fit right, managers need to both objectively assess and reflect their workplace while getting to the heart of what makes a candidate tick.”

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NFL leadership…

Where is the leadership in the NFL? If it genuinely cared about striking a leader image among the players and its communities, it would toss players out of the organization who practiced domestic violence, were convicted of substance abuse, developed a reputation for unnecessary violence in the game, and had a penchant for similar behaviors that would be cause for termination.

I understand the organization wants to leave decision making to individual teams and team management. However, there has to be a higher level set of ethics and standards that is an overarching mandate for all teams. It is no different than corporations requiring its operating locations to operate within corporate-wide ethics and standards.

Where is the zero tolerance policy for this $12+ billion industry?

The league has a huge, highly visible, leadership role in the sports world and in communities.

There are a number of players who set great examples for their teams, on the field, and in their communities. There are!

The organization do the same!

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Log Entry No. 223: “I Had Some Drinks With MY Drinks”

Fred says he’s going to make this into a sign for his man cave.  The phrase, “I had some Drinks with my Drinks” originated from an incident some years ago with the state police at a traffic stop at about 10:30 pm on a well traveled two lane country road, a state highway.

Fred had the out of town family in for the holiday… his two sons, their girls, and another couple, all thirty something (not Fred).  The agenda for the weekend — beach, boating, grilling and a steady diet of libations.

Eating out was on the schedule one evening so the group, in two cars, drove to the beach to a waterfront restaurant.  From Fred’s home it was 15 miles of country road, no stop signs, no lights, to get there, to include passing over a 65 foot high bridge that spanned the eastern intercoastal waterway (ICW).  Fred was driving, and had a few over the course of the day.  At dinner a couple more.

On the return home, they reach the apex of the ICW bridge, Fred’s car is leading, only to see a State Police traffic checkpoint on the down-hill side, at the bottom of the hill … a country road, no place to go, no turnoff, no place to hide, 10:30 at night.

The ICW Bridge, Rte 101, Beaufort NC

Fred is stopped, surrenders his license and registration only to hear the officer say, “It smells of alcohol in here”.  Fred’s son is in the back seat hurriedly kicking an empty 16oz can of Four Loko under the seat. Another passenger is hiding an open container. 

Officer: Where are you coming from? 

Fred: Dinner along the waterfront. 

Officer: Did you have anything to drink?

(And at this point, out of Fred’s mouth, is born a phrase which continues to be retold hundreds of times and remains infamous among his family and friends, and may very well appear on Fred’s headstone)

Fred: nervous, (meaning to say I had a drink with my dinner) responds to the officer, “I had some drinks with my drinks”. 

From the back seat from another family member comes an audibly clear, “Oh no!”

Officer: I’ll be right back. 

He returns with a breathalyzer, Fred gets tested.  The officer momentarily returns to his cruiser, comes back with Fred’s papers and says, I’m letting you go, drive carefully.  Fred thought he would hear, “step out of the car son”. He envisioned a ride to the slammer.  Amazingly enough, the second family car made it through the checkpoint as well.

One would say that Ubers should have been used for that evening. Where Fred lived there were no Ubers.

“I had some drinks with my drinks”.

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West Virginians elected “representative”

Business Nightcap, 1/4/2022).

Millionaire Senator Joe Manchin, D. West Virginia, torpedoed not only the billionaire tax, but also, potentially, the entirety of President Biden’s social infrastructure agenda.

Manchin’s push back won him praise from billionaires such as Ken Langone, who told CNBC in November: “I’m going to have one of the biggest fundraisers I’ve ever had for him. He’s special. He’s precious. He’s a great American.”  (CNN

Maybe bought off?

West Virginia, among the poorest states in the USA, ranks 44th in Real Per Capita Income (Chamber of Commerce).

There is a man-cave type “For Sale” sign in a garage: “Year: Any. Model: Congress. Phone: Special Interest Groups.”

The Blog has no opinion on the Build Back Better bill. It seems like the more one reads about it the tougher it is to find the truth, and corruption.

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Future Workplace ???

This may be new “stuff” however it “sounds like” smart, informed, caring and balanced leadership and management, which seldom fails. And I don’t know how far into the future this perspective really is, maybe more like today.

Of course there ARE factors that can complicate the best businesses (government, political, competitor, markets, etc.) however it is hard to beat smart leadership and management.

Good guidance for those employed and those searching and those leading …


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