This article got me thinking

NY Times Article:  272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown.  What Does it Owe Their Descendants?

 

My first thought, is that the capital accrued into families, companies, or universities will all have some stain.  Stain in the sense that when we use today’s standards and life expereinces to judge behaviors in the past, we are bound to condem many actions and decisions.  And, once stained where do you stop labeling the influnce.   Continue reading “This article got me thinking”

Stop Looking for Passion at Work

The title is filled with irony.  The author of the linked blog post nails the discussion.

#1) Life is more than work and measurable accomplishments

#2) Time and energy are limited resources–how you spend them says a lot about who you are as a person.

#3) Passion renews you energy.  If you are lucky enough to have work (providing for your household) combined with your passion, hurray for you.  If you do not have work and passion interconnected, like most people, enjoy your life and the trade offs that make you happy.   It’s only the people with no passion we should feel sorry for.  Arguing which passion is better, well that is just idiotic.

http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Stop-Looking-for-Passion-at-Work?gko=2b679

 

 

 

Listening Well and the Cause of Happiness—What my God Children Taught me

My godchildren inspire me. They ask questions, alter my perspective and in exchange I get a youthful perspective. Some parents, surly know the feeling. The godchildren that inspired this writing are 14 and 15 years old. Their persistence forced me to think—to improve my grasp of “Listening Well” and “Causing Happiness.”

Listening Well

During the Thanksgiving holiday, amidst my godchildren’s question barrage, I was asked, “What would you do if you found one million dollars?”

My reply, “I’d try to give it back to who ever lost it.”

“No, I mean what if no one was around. You just found it,” replied my godson.

Confidently, I replied, “Well, no one loses a million dollars, and doesn’t look for the money. So, I’d help them find it.”

My goddaughter, better explaining her brother’s question, jumped in, “No! No, he means, noooooobody is looking for the money. You find a million dollars. What do you do with it?” Continue reading “Listening Well and the Cause of Happiness—What my God Children Taught me”

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities – latimes.com

Disgusting! Church leaders sought to protect their institution and pray for their parishioners. These people refused to hold others accountable for their actions, and worse, alerted no others.

The comments about “that’s not the way it was handled” are vile. I’ll burn this as a permanent reference of how not to treat people.

Not a way I wanted to start my morning.

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities – latimes.com.

Human Bias – Removing It?

Well, well.  As a well-traveled black male, I’ve know the US environment, no the global environment, to have prejudice and bias.  Not life threating hatred, but some.   I believe, all humans utilize biases–The human brain works quite efficiently with biases (a topic worthy of a blog post by itself).

My key learning from the article is that sufficient racial integration has not occurred such that a broad base of Americans, see, Americans with racial differences as one of them.  If the article would have reported on the racial prejudice of Black people, I suspect there would be no progress.  My life experience certainly echoes the percentages quoted in the article.

As I reflect on the article, I remember the discussion Barack Obama made after the wide display of the Rev. Wright sermons.  One telling point he made, “America has not integrated its churches.”  Maybe that is the true evidence of integration, religious worship.  The American society has focused integration efforts on schools, employment, housing and with the Affordable Care Act, health care.  Maybe, just maybe, its time to effectively integrate religious worship.  Now, that is a challenge.

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks – Yahoo! News.

Unpleasent Behaviors Know No Boundaries

Everyone once in a while, we read a story or observe a behavior that challenges our mental constructs–those notions of cause and effect that support our bias and beliefs.   For me, the Bloomberg story of charities and telemarketing brought me to a stand still.   I just did not want to believe the greed and self-absorbed rationale that I attribute to the corporate world had invaded charitable organizations.  But alas it has. Continue reading “Unpleasent Behaviors Know No Boundaries”

Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential | Stanford Graduate School of Business

I loved this article.   I found it an interesting way to say that people with empathy for others, and a sense of responsibility toward promises, make great leaders.   The combination of traits are hard to hone—It is difficult to care enough to get something done for others.   But I like the thought.

Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential | Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Morning Break

Beverly and my morning rest

Beverly and my morning rest

After a long morning walk, and a morning jog, Beverly and I are resting at the Monaco Bar. Lovely place. And as I love about the French culture, lots of people watching. One running debate of this morning, what are the policemen doing as the direct traffic. Beverly swears the are granting permission for the roadway. Some type of permit thing. This little Bar reminds me of Redondo–Lot’s of locals. And flies. And pigeons. Some things just happen the same.

Just saw a bunch of tourist on what appeared as a kid’s train. Something I’d not do. Well tchau for now

Vacation Thoughts

Today is the first full day of vacation 2012. Yesterday, like all travel days, was hard due to the dramatic changes in body clock, location, etc. One highlight from yesterday was my completion of, “Managing Business Complexity”. A great book. So today, I’m exploring the many ideas generated from my reading.

Although, I’m striving to heed the authors advice for my first project, I can’t help but want my first agent based model to explore the myriad decisions of retirement planning. Seems a good arena to dissect with the philosophies of agent modeling.

I’m drafting from my blackberry, for the first time, so I hope the picture and these thoughts make its way to the page. My goal is share a bit, and explore life on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s off to a great start.