Personal Development Affecting Leadership

            In the self-analysis questions by the National College for School Leadership, it is apparent that there is not only a strong link between personal development and capacity for leadership, but there is a link between the quality of social relationships and leadership as well as a link between learning through experimentation and leadership.  Personally,Continue reading “Personal Development Affecting Leadership”

Decision-Making Processes and Failures: Netflix vs Blockbuster

            Back in the year 2000, Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, flew to Dallas to meet with the Blockbuster CEO, John Antico (Tyler, 2017).  Interestingly, Reed Hastings chartered a private jet to Dallas because no commercial flights were available on short notice (Randolph, 2019).  Reed and the Netflix team presented their business to Blockbuster (whoContinue reading “Decision-Making Processes and Failures: Netflix vs Blockbuster”

Leveraged Diversity

            General Mills has taken measures to position their company as a leader in the inclusion and diversity.  Their market strategy is to connect deeply with customers and communities by being diverse and inclusive.  Their talent strategy is to innovate and build on new ideas also by being diverse and inclusive.  In 2011, Working MotherContinue reading “Leveraged Diversity”

Organizational Change After Failure

            BP has failed the world in the last two decades, between oil spills, refinery explosions, and pipeline leaks, showing carelessness for human safety and the environment, while constantly cutting costs and ignoring best-practices.  Through these incidents, they have had a revolving door of Chief Executive Officers, which have all been similar:  saying they willContinue reading “Organizational Change After Failure”

PCI QIR Qualification

                Today, I passed my PCI QIR (Qualified Installer & Reseller) training and test for their certification/qualification for point-of-sale and payment processing application installation.  More on their program is here:  https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/program_training_and_qualification/qualified_integrator_and_reseller_certification

ScrumAlliance Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner

                In IT operations as well as incident response, I have found that understanding and implementing Scrum is extremely useful.                 In October 2020, I took the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®) training through Brett Palmer & Associates (https://brettpalmer.com/) as an online, 2-day workshop.  Training was very participative and intensive, but by the end of the training,Continue reading “ScrumAlliance Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner”

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

                On Saturday 4/24/2021, I took the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.  For study materials, I used both the Prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam learning path on LinkedIn Learning by Hiroko Nishimura as well as David Tucker’s 3-course AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner learning path on Pluralsight.  Between those two resources, I was plentyContinue reading “AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner”

Quality as an Ethical Obligation

                Companies have a substantially higher obligation to act ethically to its customers, employees, suppliers, communities, and environments than they currently act.                 Milton Friedman, famous economist in the 1970s, said that the sole purpose of a business is to make profit for its shareholders and that corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics were notContinue reading “Quality as an Ethical Obligation”

Implementing Organizational Learning

                Any organization can benefit from organizational learning because it increases systems thinking skills, innovation, and adaptation of a company.  Traditionally, people go to grade school, high school, and college or trade school.  When they enter the workforce, there is a learning curve, in which they have to be trained in the processes, policies, software,Continue reading “Implementing Organizational Learning”

Organizational Learning

                Some people say that organizational learning is a threat to the free will of individuals.  I believe that there are ways to apply rigorous organizational learning processes, individual continuing education requirements, and evolve as a company with systems thinking while still allowing people to be creative and have free will.  Organizational learning has toContinue reading “Organizational Learning”