Workforce theory revisited

Well it has been one of those weeks. David (who presumes to have some type of wisdom derived from across the pond) took the time to mock my weblog with reckless abandon. Outside of the mockery, I can say that until this week I had never really questioned how hierarchical stability affects a workforce. The economy over the last few years has without question affected the modern workforce. Organizations are focused on doing more with less based on optimization strategies and occasionally lean six sigma techniques. Modern workforces are incredibility adaptive. Good managers seem to raise productivity margins every year. A workforce can naturally develop and gain institutional knowledge at an organic rate. Alternatively, with good management a workforce can develop based on planning and targeted development.

We the people: A shared memory

Today the shared American public square is everywhere. Globalization and the diversification of the public mind have both united and divided our attention globally and locally. Please consider for a moment the magnitude of our converging shared memories. For the most part, I avoid writing about politics. Today however is not about politics. Transformational (convergent) events can occur in a variety of ways. Communities of place, circumstance, and interest experience transformational events in different ways. We the people of the United State of America share a certain set of shared memories and experiences. Informed by our shared memories and experiences we communicate and work within our communities of place, circumstance, and interest. Today every American community is united in the commonly shared memory of what happened ten years ago today. As a people we are still very conflicted about how to move forward while being informed by our shared past. We are still conflicted about how to dream again about a future for the United States of America that involves prosperity without conflict. We are still united as Americans, but torn apart by increasingly divergent politics. We stand at a crossroads. Together we all have to make a choice. We have to make a choice about if we will allow the shared experience of a globalized public square ten years in the making to inform our journey as we take the first step together toward that shinning city upon a hill. Together we can take the first step. We are now informed by ten years of global dialogue. Tomorrow together we can take the first step toward a future that involves walking toward a shining city upon a hill. Thanks to the globalized nature of the public square the United States of America will never be hidden. The shared American public square is everywhere; today the defense of liberty has come to the forefront of the public mind.

Taking some Stanford Classes

Who thinks about career development strategies? Do people actively engage in long term career planning? Professional decision making can certainly involve utilizing career trajectory management strategies. I certainly like to think about how the future will unfold. As part of a broader career development strategy, I have decided to take a few classes from Stanford University.

Here are my answers to two of the application questions:

“Please summarize any project, program and/or portfolio management experience you have gained in previous positions, including experience as a project team member, project sponsor, or executive with project management oversight.”

With respect to summarizing one specific project I have worked on that exemplifies project/program management experience I think you will enjoy my example. My career highlight has to include the one major project that I have worked on for the better part of the last decade. I have severed as the primary project manager/sponsor for the Graduation with Civic Honors project since May 2002. The program has expanded to multiple states and is in the process of international expansion. The basic premise is fairly straightforward. I have argued that academic programs have a rich tradition of offering graduation with Honors and are capable of implementing Graduation with Civic Honors. The Graduation with Civic Honors program is the institutional recognition of civic engagement in the community during the graduation ceremony. Graduation is an incredibly important time and a major life event for most people. Recognizing individuals with Graduation with Civic Honors, helps focus the attention of a new generation on realizing the possibilities of practical programs increasing civic engagement through community involvement. Please review my answer to the first application question if you are interested in what specific skills I utilize on a daily basis.

Program References:

Carlsen, C. J., Lindahl, N., & Lindahl, S. (2004). “Civic Honors Program at Johnson County Community College.” Journal for Civic Commitment, 4th Issue, 1-9.

Lindahl, N. (2006). Graduation with Civic Honors: Unlock the power of community opportunity. New York: IUniverse, Inc.

“What do you hope to achieve through your participation through the Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate Program?”

I hope to achieve a better understanding of what advanced project management can do for an organization and I hope to implement that knowledge on a daily basis. As a reflective practitioner interested in both business and civil society, I believe in lifelong learning and personal improvement through the pursuit of knowledge and the internalization of experiences. I would like to augment my current skillset by earning the Stanford Advanced Project Management from the Stanford Center for Professional Development. I believe the certificate program will help focus my previous public administration training from the University of Kansas MPA program related to improving efficiency, economy, and social equity. Professional project management is a powerful approach to taking ideas from the drawing board to practical implementation. I have a solid understanding of public administration, civil society, civic engagement, and knowledge management. I believe that expanding my project management knowledge base will help me leverage all of my skillsets to effectively management large operations side projects. Currently, I serve as a project manager for telephony and operations projects within larger company wide projects I serve as a business analyst type resource. The advanced project manager certificate program will help me strengthen the Graduation with Civic Honors project and improve my capacity to manage corporate projects.

Book Writing Mode

I just finished specking out eight chapters of content with subsections. Over the course of the next few days/weeks, I will be writing a series of essays based on the chapters/subsections. The moral of the story involves a long awaited return to book writing mode.