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Since it’s 2008

Are you going to vote? Follow the Caucuses?

 
I don’t care about the caucuses, but I do vote (31%)
I always vote (19%)
Yes, I will vote AND follow the caucuses (17%)
Neither do I vote nor do I follow the caucuses (12%)
Caucuses? What is that? (8%)
I never vote (5%)
I sometimes vote (5%)
What is voting? (3%)

Total Votes: 59
This poll is closed


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Management by Democracy

USA Today has an interesting interview about Management by Democracy:

Do you think that changing leadership accountability to employees is the way to go? It seems to me that in politics (see Russia to name just one example) the trend is to lessen the peoples control while adding more power to the leader.

Looking at the definition of Management by Objectives—how is Management by Democracy any different?

Just a new name for an old horse?



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Who should pay the bill?

In Germany many of the state banks have lost money because they gambled were to closely involved in the real estate market. The recent downturns have led to big holes.

Isn’t this a perfect example of how things shouldn’t be done?

Who should really pay the bill: The employee who is responsible for the “gamble”?
For the politicians this is not a question at all: Just raise the taxes!

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IP and the missing leadership


That sounds good, right? And would also be true for a great many other economics, not just the American one.


Now we are in a totally different ball game. Creating a new agency? Isn’t bureaucracy already killing too much innovation? Slows down to much? Totally hinders progress? It beats me why so many think that adding more agencies solve problems. Remember the old saying: “Bureaucracy is increasing the problems by employing new government employees…”

Talk about the wrong priorities. News are full of people struggling to make a living. President Bush just finalized his program to help at least a few of those that can’t afford their mortgages anymore. The Washington Post reports that a) home foreclosures are on the rise and b) Area food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of supplies as donations drop dramatically and as demand for free and discounted food continues to soar.

But our government is busy with creating a new agency?
My, my, my. It’s really time to get them of their high horses and experience life the way many Americans do: In poverty without the dough for enough food or even a roof over their heads.


Talk about leadership.

What are these politicians really worried about?

Some big companies that complain they are losing money - or the wealth of American society. Yes society—that’s ALL the people! But then - most of the poor ones do not really give donations to politicians, right?

In a time when too many are faced with hardship—shouldn’t our politicians as the leaders they claim they are show true leadership and implement the help for those that need it?


Anyway, where that bill really gets me is here:

Does not need to be found guilty.

Wow!

I agree with Jarret B. Wollstein—this is The Looting of America.

And while our leaders are at it:
Let’s change all the laws and live by: Guilty until proven innocent


PS: Any computer or network hardware used—that does not seem to be practical. Just imagine: A government employee…

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Questions and Complaints

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Today’s question “Do you complain too much?” is a question that I am faced with very often. As an avid reader of my blog and / or my book Stop Telling… Start Leading! The Art of Managing People by Asking Questions you know I love asking questions.

Unfortunately that is not always received well:

  • People curse
  • There is the complain that asking questions is nothing else than complaining
  • Hate will be expressed: What a stupid question!
  • Instead of thinking about an answer defense mode will be entered.
  • “Asking questions is impolite”
  • The accusation of slowing down instead of contributing to progress is made
  • You are not a team player!

What do you prefer: A great question that solves a problem or complying with every—no matter how silly in a given situation—rule?

Wouldn’t you agree that questions are not complaints but a great way of expressing concerns and helping to progress in the right direction? But let’s be clear about one thing: Because questions are not tolerated very well most have lost the ability to ask the right question. Or to accept that questions are and should be asked. There is only one way to become able to ask good questions again:
Training, training, training…

Exercises creates the master

German proverb

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A stupid Tax?

There are many comments about this new MD tax on the web—I yet have to see one pointing out the positive impact on MD’s economics:
There are many states that encourage startups and small companies. It doesn’t look like MD wants to be one of them anymore. I can’t help it but seeing a lot of companies looking for options to save on that tax- employing people from outside of MD.

What’s next: A babysitter’s sales tax?

Or is this just simply another case of the government to dig into the pockets of citizen and companies instead of finding ways how to better balance what they have—without spending more?

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You go Al!

There are a great many that are not happy with these news, but Al Gore truly does deserve this. He is one of the very few leaders we have left.

I would love to see him running for President. Wouldn’t you?


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The worst thing you can do the environment…


That truly speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

I expect more from a leader. Don’t you?


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