Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Curious Cat Management Review Carnival-Part 1

John Hunter asked me to help out with his annual Management Improvement blog review so I am going to to take the next few days to review four blogs, two from ASQ Influential Voice colleagues and two that I have stumbled upon over the past year.  John, thanks for the privilege to contribute to the review!

First up is fellow ASQ Influential Voice Kerrie Anne Christian's Fridge Magnets. Kerrie Anne has been blogging since 2008 and her posts show off her varied interests with introspective thoughts. ASQ is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and Kerrie Anne's February post does an excellent job of chronicling  the challenges of parents supporting and promoting STEM initiatives. What brought it home to me was the "death by PowerPoint" vignette. When I started teaching statistics, I did exactly that--huge logic leaps using PowerPoint. I had to find out the hard way how to slow down and allow students to soak it in using bite-size chunks.  The challenge is to find the right-sized chunk and deliver it at the proper speed to keep all the students satisfied.  That is not a skill taught to new teachers.

The next post to catch my eye was her June post on CEO integrity and the consequences from less than circumspect decisions. Her reference to Arthur Miller's play, All My Sons, was spot on. Frequently, we hear about some executive decision designed to hide a major problem that later creates a huge problem that would have been much smaller if it had been addressed earlier.  Our core values systems come into question and we often forget that the right decision is the decision that you can support publicly.Leaders often forget that as they rise in position they are more visible and more open to judgement by those not in their direct sphere of influence.  What we don't ask enough is, "would that decision make your mother proud of you?"

My favorite Kerrie Anne post this year is her November post on plagiarism versus knowledge sharing. Although the post was directly attributed to government, I see this as a major problem in education. A common dilemma that our young students face is what is not knowledge sharing?  Our judgement system (read academia) still treats plagiarism like a 19th century disease. When is it not plagiarism? When we don't give credit to the original idea.  Why do we place such high value on the original idea?  The pinnacle of success is to take an original idea, expand and mold it into new knowledge.  Our education system does not do a good job at showing students that process.  They promote bad behaviors by providing multiple tools to plagiarize (read technology) with little or no controls. Which is why you get so many "cut and paste" websites that will create term papers on a whim.

That's all for now!
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