American vision, Citizen responsibilty, Learn, poor leadership, system management, system thinking

Crowley-Gates: Failed Leadership & common sense

Everyone has a stake in leadership, At the personal and group levels.

All we shall be talking here is basic stuff learned by anyone who has a job in any half way decent company no rocket science just broken down as basic system  components.

To make the right decisions we have to keep the eye on the ball. While negotiating a situation obstacles show up that will distract us, will steal away our peace of mind and our sober awareness needed to succeed peacefully  in resolving a situation. Taking things personally quickly latches onto memories of self pity or the fear of losing part of our status quo but it is much worse when it frees the seething dog of a festering anger. Invariably this appears certainly real. Yet it is our job to be the mature adults and discern real from not so real, momentary displeasure from long lasting gain. Such as relieving momentary anxiety by buying on credit an expensive item, or satisfying our anger and indignation by making emotionally offensive statements to defend our imagined offended dignity. In life everything grows, escalates and dies.

I believe this is factor in our present financial crisis: Imagine two layers of systems at work, the personal and the society at large & we have developed systems designed to contain personal tragedy to become viral and affect society at large, our undisciplined instincts and emotions at the personal levels are constantly happening, human but not the cause of national breakdown because we have systems in place that check that base personal humanity however we allowed our clouded thinking to disregard the system  in order to secure personal profit.

Recent headlines have brought to us one such case that has tentacles of disruption and clouded thinking, the arrest of a a man that broke into his own home because he had misplaced his house keys. The neighbor reported the break in, the Police officer arrived and was inside the home with the “perp” who claimed to own the home and certainly either the cop failed to ascertain that this man owned the home, lacked real  police skills remember this is not Boston , had an off day or was already predisposed to win “this fight/disturbance call”. The “perp” was not friendly so the cop admits that he calmly told the man I will leave his house go outside to discuss the matter further and one way or the other the Devil found two cocks to put in a fight and the peeing contest ensued, ending in The owning “perp” of the house in jail, photo muged and later released.  However the perp had ace up his sleeve a personal channel to the President of a very powerful nation, no Hondurenian president here at all. This fact appears that he kept to himself for later until sprung out from jail. Or did he tell the Policeman and the cop played his best Joe Friday & booked him anyhow. All of this very human not quite Shakespearean. The only reason why we know about this is because the arrested man is a really close friend to the sitting President of a large industrial nation.

So what really went wrong? That day at that moment in Cambridge, Mass. the leadership of several systems failed to keep the system running smoothly regardless of personalities involved

First the personal level part: Failed Interview

  • University Intellectual know how at graduate level failed for this individual. Forget about the pissing match between one leader of the intellectual class (Harvard Professor) that demanded prescient respect, who is he, The Godfather? and a just the facts Joe Friday cop. The Intellectual spent years teaching our young how to prepare well for interviews, adversity and challenges that will arise and rise above it, succeed, ignore the obstacles and persevere to improve society blah blah blah. The learning from our high Universities was AWOL,  failed one very expected phone call and interview: I broke into my house and  if somone saw me, say a neighbor, chances are that if they care about a neighbor’s property they will call the police so I better prepare my ID for when they arrive and interview me  // THE BALL: Is this officer protecting my property, yes.//  DISTRACTION: I need respect all my books and talks confirm this need
  • The Management of the shift in that Police Department as a system at the shift level that allowed this poorly supervised arrest. This arrest would not have proceeded thus far in my Hometown nor most major cities, racial tensions or not the Cambridge Police system failed the arresting officers regardless of how much loyalty they can mine for among their Blue brethren   // THE BALL: Does this individual owns this residence and is he here legally? Yes // DISTRACTION: I need respect as Police officer first. Fail to communicate data of subject’s high profile to Commanding officer
  • The Cambridge Community neighborhoods, a neighbor that was so keen to help in calling a fleeting break in but fail to ID and vouch that the Neighbor was not a “perp” after all but our old dear neighbor, well clearly no brotherly love here, no matter how you excuse it or rationalize it. // THE BALL: Is my neighbors home ok, did the Police find out, let me check maybe I can help ID the suspect. OMFG it is my neighbor after all Thank God officer everything is ok.  //DISTRACTION: ???

Second: broke down at the society/national level: Fail interviewing for facts

  • Gates is still at his house and other officers are present while Gates is clearly agitated(as shown in video. Where did it come from?) // BALL: ID individual, live alone? where does he work? Professor at HARVARD and agitated Check for background with Campus Security. Influential writer with critical books and videos about racism?? call for chain of command assistance //DISTRACTION: Rush. No stop and think attitude and lets think this over. The Cambridge Police Department should have an ISO9000/MRPII type of procedure and method to handle high profile figures since they are host to a high profile Institutions Harvard and MIT
  • Press conference at The White House: BALL: Does The President has the facts, NO. What is the diplomatic way of handling this situation? Admit to close friendship with Prof. Gates and will look into it, Thank You. //DISTRACTION: Commenting. How did he knew about this so quickly while so busy with great matters of state? Did the professor manipulate and “used” the friendship?
  • Town of Cambridge: // BALL: LEAD and ask all personnel not to comment as it is done across this great land, their job is to serve not agitate nor incite to riot,  it has nothing to do with freedom of speech. // DISTRACTION: ??? Need to come across as conservative and independent??
  • Harvard:  // BALL: Provide basic legal assistance to Mr. Gates seek peaceful and constructive resolutions for the community at large and assess the fallout of incident.  // DISTRACTION: seems that they do not seek interaction with the ball at all
  • The Media: //BALL: reporting facts only //DISTRACTION: Its own comments

The facts are simple, boring and admitted by the players own contradictions. The sad  story of an Ivy League leader who ignored and failed his own studies or successfully manipulated a friendship for personal gain.  Henry L.Gates is heard saying in an audio interview “what he needed was to treat me with respect not assume that i am the perpetrator”. about the police at his house investigating a break in into his house that he knew well in fact because he committed the break in, and if he truly believed to be correct in what he has been writing and lecturing all this years of the facts in racial profiling then he knew in advance that the police had a handicap so why not take the high ground? Class was missing in a possible class struggle. No thankfulness for arriving early to check a break in to his home? No, because that would have been demeaning? This would been demeaning only to royalty.

The Harvard professor is the anomaly here. The unexpected event. The neighbor is the rare alarm that catches the anomaly. So far so good. The neighbor calls 911 here is where the system is set to the ON position and it will not stop until there is resolution one way or the other.

This point onward is where all the systems involved failed including the media that reported it. Did the Professor manipulate the friendship or the situation believing that he had an Ace up his sleeve ( channel to the RedButton). It does not take a rocket scientist to smell undue personal profit here on inside track, Did Mr. Gates lead Mr. Crowley into an unfair advantage (fame and credit to his theories) with his presidential connections counting on the ignorance of the officer. Such behavior has jailed stock brokers in the past, ask Mr. Milken.

And this model applies to AIG, Madoff, Detroit’s bailout and our retirement plans.

What and where is the BALL and what are DISTRACTIONS.

We really do not know what actually occurred and if we did would we communicate it clearly without making things up?perhaps they were polite to each other and got on famously but when they stepped out the realized that they had a job to fulfill to maintain the race struggle and keep the media going blah blah blah

from: Tuesday, February 3, 2009–jr-

Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson and columnist Kathleen Parker

audiio of 911 call

American vision, Citizen responsibilty, Dilemas, understanding economic events

Financial Freedom: A decision

Financial Independence for newbies.

It has been difficult to write a post because the focus was blurred by nagging feelings that I could not use lucid thoughts connecting the dots between finances and world events that affect us sooner or later. Clearly these are not simple dots to connect they are entire pieces of fabric to be sewn together momentarily to create a fitting suit.
Slowly the wrinkles pointed to the missing subject: the Wisdom to make the best decisions or right decisions, the modern methods of  “Decision Making”  may sound fancy to this ancient human skill but in short is the obvious and simple common sense . Clearly no amount of Wisdom will not exempt us from the trials of life however it improves odds of  surviving them.

I believe that we can develop these skills, since we have had to develop difficult and complex tasks to function in our society, we just need to redirect our priorities. In my case I had to include fiances in my 2DO list. On the subject of Global Finances we begin to  develop a basic awareness of Money, the freedom and serenity afforded with the ability to make decisions with favorable results.  In short is In this world of global finances we need clear  vision of the facts, logic and of course healthy skepticism.

The birth of our Financial Independence.
Our Founding Fathers sought a political solution through military means to ensure The Financial Freedom of the American Colonies. Now we rejoiced on this past 4th of July about our Nation’s Independence and what we really celebrated was the incredible ability of our Founding Fathers to make decisions and carry them to their success.
Am and admirer of Deming and his success in quantifying Quality so I saw commonalities in the Founding Father’s  decision process to seek Independence.
We all can agree that they were not seeking to establish a Holiday nor entries in historical books, the Thirteen Colonies of North America overthrew the governance of the Parliament of Great Britain because they sought Financial Independence, this required a politically sovereign status.
Now we can argue about the philosophical influences or the Republican values advocated or the exhortation to civic duty yet all of this important academic fodder came about because the encroachment on financial freedoms, since in all other matters they were able to assemble and plot quite freely, relative to the times, for the war of Independence.

Making Independent decisions.

So how do we start to make the right decisions, how about a simplistic start to prime the learning bug?

If we look at a modified model of the Deming cycle:

  1. Evaluate our collected data
  2. Plan with specific goal in mind
  3. Do / Act execute clear steps
  4. Feedback on the effects/consequences of our steps
  5. back to 1 until successful and start a new project