Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Today is the culmination of a very long journey. Dr. Jurasek, the president of Medaille College, will present tonight: Change at the grass-root level. This talk will be approximately 30 minutes in length. Our study group, The Marauders, was very fortunate to schedule Dr. Jurasek for our Symposium this evening. There a high level of excitement in the air.

After this talk, our study group will have a break out section. We will discuss concepts related to change management. There will be activities engaging the cohort as well. I will be presenting the history of the Floppy drive. The presentation will have examples of all the different size floppies of the years. This is a fun way to see change and go down memory lane. I will provide another entry after the evening.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Final Course

Today our cohort is starting the final course for the MOL program. In seven weeks we will have completed a long journey. The Masters program has been well worth the effort. There are several more things to complete but there is a finite time before we graduate. I would say that the cohort was a great group of people and they made the trip an enjoyable one. My study group was the best experience. All of the team members were great contributors and as a group we produced some fine work. I look forward to some free time but for now we still have our heads down.

Project Management

As a side course I am taking Project Management at RIT. The course is held at my work campus on Monday evenings. This past Monday our team presented our final project. the presentation went well and was well received by the class. There is a Project Management Professional exam in order to receive PMP certificate. There is a group of students that want to meet for 11 weeks or so to study for the exam. I will be joining the group. It is better to take the exam whiloethe information is fresh in my mind.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Hands Free Fries

There are way too many distractions while we drive. People talking on the phone can be a big problem. Also, we eat on the go way too much. This causes us to have our hands preoccupied and not fully in control of the steering wheel. The leaders at the fast food chain Burger King have a solution. They have designed a French fry container to fit in your cup holder. No more placing the large fry on your lap while driving. This new idea is called the “FryPOD”. This is a take off of the iPOD.

I am glad people are thinking of our safety even when we are not as diligent.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Leadership Found in Government Policy

There is much concern about the economy today. The stock market is taking a hit most days and people are worried about a recession happening world wide. China’s and Japan’s stock also worsen when news of America’s markets reach other areas of the world. American leaders have been waiting for the market to correct itself but that does not seem to be happening any time soon. As a way to help; the government has lowered the prime interest rate. In the past this would ease worries and the stock market would improve. In this climate, the stock market is not responding as expected from the change in rates.

The leaders in Washington are not waiting; they are taking action. Congress has approved a stimulus package to help improve the economy. In general, the package will provide $600 per person and $1,200 for couples filing join. The idea is people will take the money and pour it back into the economy. The Senate still needs to approve of the measure.

It is good to see our governmental leaders taking action as appose to watching and waiting for improvement over time.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nice to Meet You!

Networking is an important leadership component in one’s carrier. This was done by socializing prior to events as in cocktail hours. People would mingle about and by happenstance meet different people in different circles. This type of event would happen infrequently throughout the year. Then people started to come up with events designed to allow people to network. This approach is still limited to your geographic location. is a web site that coordinates contacts between colleagues. People can grow their contact list by extending their circle of contact beyond their first level of people. These people can share their contacts and the circle grows ever wider.

Positions can be filled using this tool. There is a search capability to look for job postings. The web site also has communication methods to pursue any potential jobs.

The web site facilitates people offering mentoring services to other members in the database. People can look up specific disciplines and see if the contact is interested in this kind of relationship. makes your name visible to the business community at a world level. With tools such as these, the world is getting flatter and flatter.

Giving to Charities Over the Years

Our family has given to charities over the years that send food and water around to world to people in need. This is the type of work that seemed beneficial and the right thing to do. However, I always wondered if there was a better way to help. I cannot help but be reminded of a story my Mother told me when I was small. She told of the story that my grandparents came over from Italy with very little money and could have applied for assistance. They refused because they did not want a hand out; they had too much pride for that way of life. They worked very hard so the next generation could have a better life. That is where comes into the picture. People can supply funds not as a handout which keeps people in the current state of poverty. This act is a hand up and not just a hand out. With this approach people are given the dignity they deserve. Kiva not only sustains life but it enhances life as well.

An aspect that set Kiva apart from the typical charity is the fact that the money entering into the program is a loan; the money is returned to help other people as well. The help is recycled over and over again. It is understood that not all business will succeed and repay the loan, however, business have a chance and can have an opportunity to make a difference to the people in the business.