In Search Of Competence And Uncommon Sense
Part 1, In Search of Competence, is a guide for wannabe leaders, as well as those who prefer to follow. Strategic Thinking, Analytical Thinking and Ethical Thinking (which make up the foundation of both Competence and Leadership) are discussed. In Part 2, Uncommon Sense, some of today's important issues and pressing problems are analyzed and some possible solutions are offered. More
Part 1, In Search of Competence, is a guide for wannabe leaders, as well as those who prefer to follow. Strategic Thinking, Analytical Thinking and Ethical Thinking (which make up the foundation of both Competence and Leadership) are discussed.
In Part 2, Uncommon Sense, some of today's important issues and pressing problems are analyzed and some possible solutions are offered from the point of view of a "militant moderate".
The following is a review from an old classmate of mine, James Finley, who is now a retired teacher:
Larry has written a well researched, refreshingly factual piece on a variety of topics that affect most of us daily. His use of personal experience and research makes it very difficult to argue with his conclusions. An entertaining read!
Also, here is a personal email from him:
...I seems my political leanings are quite similar to yours, with me being a little left of where you are. I am more of a moderate than I was in the 60's when we were going to change the world in one fell swoop.
I think I will respond to two main topics of your writing; leadership and greed.
I spent 33 years in the classroom as a teacher here in Fremont. I would do it all the same if I had to do it over again. I worked for several principals over the years. Most were good, considering the fact that they mostly stayed out of the way. When I first started teaching, principals were thought of as master teachers, or staff members that could actually help and guide in an instructional setting. For the past 20 years, their role seemed to change from being an instructional helper to facilitating programs brought forth by various "educational experts" or people they had heard and/or read about from various conferences. Since my retirement, the trend is for teachers to work in teams and do each other's evaluations. I guess the role of the principal is evolving in to being a pain in the ass. Don't get me wrong, there are some great educational leaders out there that have their heart in the right place. I speak in generalities as to the current situation, as I see it.
The other topic I would address is greed. I heard on the radio the other day that the top 1 percent of the richest people in this country control 20 percent of the money, as compared with 10 percent in 1970. This indicates that rather than putting substantial amounts of their wealth back in to the economy, they are playing the "I got mine, go get your own" game. As you stated in your writing, the economy needs to be fed. If the middle class, which is quickly vanishing ceases to exist, our economy will be in big trouble and we will rely more and more on government, which to me, is getting way out of hand.
I also read that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are organizing a rich man's club that has agreed to donate a large portion of their wealth to a variety of causes. This is admirable, but what really needs to be done is putting people to work and getting the economy on sound footing again...
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