Fake News – wow!

April 16 (Easter) in San Diego.

There seems to be 4 types of news if not more.

  1. Narrative accounting of the facts that have happened
  2. Narrative interpretation of the facts that have happened
  3. What will happed based on what has happened (prophesy)
  4. Fake news – it never happened.

I find option 3 totally annoying but at least I know it is happening. I find it annoying because our modern day prophets have no more idea than the peanut butter man what will happen. However, the trajectory is more often negative than positive, ‘chicken little.” If one is trying to raise one’s anxiety levels and blood pressure this is a good stimulus.

Option 4 requires the upmost diligence. The news reporter most often does not even know that the information is “fake”. The reporter is one piece of the conduit between a source and you and I as the viewer. So the reporter can be totally authentic and genuine as they are believing what they have received from the “conduit.” My protection is to

  1. Pause                      pause
  2. Discern             indifference
  3. Read widely
  4. Wait for tomorrow’s update.


Calm before a another who-ha?

March 19, 2017 San Diego

On Monday the Senate starts the confirmation on Judge Gorsuch. Looking at the tentative line of inquiry from progressives makes me wonder. None of the questions seemed to do with supporting the Constitution. The questions seemed to be aligned with the favorite social narrative.

I will assume the conversation will not go far before “progressive – Senators” just go ballistic. They will ask questions on their narrative and he will respond on “what does the Constitution indicate on the matter.

I would hope in the time of the discourse that agreement will be reached on the necessity of upholding the Constitution. If not we are all in trouble.

Hate and Intimidation = Power and Fear

February 19, 2017

Seems to me that if hate and intimidation is the over strategy then the covert strategy is power and fear. Wow, I wonder how that fits into “civil discourse?”

A concern to all should be that hate and intimidation often get the same type of response but more vitriolic and several decibels louder.

Give this course of public “flaming of one another” a couple of more months and civility will be totally out the window. Selah

Compassion and Pausing

This first week of the Trump presidency has been exciting to say the least. How can I take it in and be useful to myself and the country.

As I noted at the end of my previous blog: pause and read widely.


  1. For me, pausing, is more than just taking a breath. I need to ponder over time: minutes or hours. I use my exercise of riding my bike as a good time to get out of the humdrum of input from others and reflect.
  2. For reading widely a cup of coffee at my favorite shop does the trick. Read and Orange Man Detective with Magnifying Glassreflect. The only outside in put in the shop I go to is the biking sports station which just shows race after race. No commercials.

The Devil and “False Narratives”

In last week’s post I wrote that I must pay much more attention to the details of the spoken and written word as some details may be technically true yet positioned in a way that presents a deception. Alas, this week there has been several discussion about “fakes news” or what I will label “false narratives”.

Fake news, false narratives, lying: the distinctions are moot. Let’s look at the Trump – President of Taiwan phone call. It was first reported that Trump phoned her. Half day later it was she phoned him. It certainly was not a spontaneous call as it has been reported that it was “set up” by several “go-betweens.” (Forgot the names.)

The next level of horror was that China will retaliate for Trump breaking the “One China” policy as if the  phone dragonscall was the only item between the two countries and that China has been fully abiding by all its responsibilities and agreements. Not.

The news was real but the positioning was totally projecting what horror might happen, but project in a way that made the probability a foregone certainty. That certainly is a false narrative. Yes something may surely come of it and I am sure the “false narrative” generators will make the most of it.

For anyone reading this post I have two suggestions.

  1. When any huge event happens, or an event that appears huge, or an event that is presented as huge happens: pausepause and breathe. Give it some time to percolate.
  2. Read widely and in depth.

Isn’t it peculiar


Isn’t peculiar that in California we raise the tax on cigarettes to minimize their proliferation

and we legalize the use of marijuana, with one of the most  popular ways of using it, is smoking?

Isn’t peculiar that we make such a noise about “vaping” and we legalize marijuana for “recreation”understanding 2

Isn’t peculiar we are downgrading criminality and yet we complain about the increase of crime Orange Man Detective with Magnifying Glass


Americans going crazy

Back in San Diego.

In my most recent post I wrote that while on the road in other countries the locals love to talk critical issues with people from the USA as long as they are certain we will not go crazy. Now the 3-4 million people running around the USA “going crazy.” I am sure my foreign counterparts just nod their heads and note, “that is what they are worried about” in having deep discussions with Americans.

Two things amaze many of the colleagues:

  1. the fact that we can run around and go crazy at all. Not every country where I work would such a behavior be allowed.
  2. the fact that what the crowds are saying is most preposterous.

Anyway as I noted, travel abroad and you will see for your self.

LINO revisited

June 15, 2016 Ras Tanura

I wonder to what degree indifference to people per se supports “Leadership in Name Only” (LINO)?  Iindifference have written on this twice before yet I still have feelings and thoughts on the topic.

We say that people are the “most important” resource and at one level we believe it if for no other reason the person who is saying it believes themselves to be “important and valuable”.  The collision of words and actions come in the daily conversations. The conversations are almost exclusively about the business and seldom about the people who get the business done.  Covey would say we are totally focusing on the golden egg at the expense of the goose as if that conversation alone would cause the goose to be more productive.

understanding 2I wonder what would happen if an organization gave 5% of its time exclusively to the conversation of the care and feeding of the goose? Lately I have been working with a ranching company. One of the product lines is dairy. To improve the volume of product they focus on the care and feeding of the cow, not the volume of milk. If you want more of something you look at the source not the outcome. Good process controls is not the source, people engineering the process controls is the source.

I know that time is an issue and I have written on about time before. We also know that productive clockpeople optimize the time that is available. They literally make time for the organization. People who are moderately engaged lose time for the organization. When managers are involved in the care and feeding of the employees, the engagement level of the employees goes up. We also know that the connecting needs to be genuine. Manipulative engagement is quickly understood for what it is, and is resolutely rejected.

Connecting with the employee purposefully and exclusively for 15 minutes a day. Wow, that would be something. Connecting in the domain of collaboration, decision making, conversation, or calendarempowerment. Make that 15 minutes a calendar event.


Be all you were created to be.

March 6, 2016 San Diego

I am reading a book that looks at the lines below of Henley’s from the “light” of leadership. The title of the book is “Extreme Ownership” by Willink and Babin. One of the couplets is be “strong but have endurance”. I think about Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for all those years. Strong in his resolve that he had extreme ownership for himself yet with massive endurance to persevere 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment with no expectation of outcomes. Just the expectation of being, being the captain – the owner, of his own soul / mind.

(extract from Invictus)

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley

Imagine if we, if I, had that level of ownership for all that occurred in our / my life. Tough to get mad or angry as the event that would cause anger is an event that I own myself in. I am not a victim. I am the captain. Imagine the strength of character it takes to “own” a situation: to stand opposed to the energy that is trying to make you a victim; particularly unfair energy which was crafted just to target you.

Consider how much stronger you and I will be in our daily life if we take on “ownership” for what is going on. If I position myself as the “master of my fate”, my guess is our full potential will move from potential to action. We will be a blessing to most and a role model to all.

Be all you were created to be.

“Fear” at work again?

October 17, 2015 (Riyadh) –
In the October 11th WSJ, page A10 there is a review entitled: “Shut up – Or we will shut you down” http://www.wsj.com/articles/shut-upor-well-shut-you-down-1444429915 A small group of “green” influencers sent President Obama a letter requesting those who do not share their view, those “climate dissenters”, to be punished.
If they have irrefutable science supporting their position and there is no credible science supporting “climate dissenters” why do they want the dissenters punished? Actually the “punishment” they want is to “forcibly silence their opponents.”
I wonder what they think will happen if they do not forcibly silence their opponents. Ask an actuary and he/she will understanding 2tell you that it will show up soon enough. Just like the paradox involved with car accidents, is all “FEAR” driven behavior. My post of 19 September.
There is another phenomenon on top of fear driven behavior afoot here. The ascribing of negative attributes towards others tells us a sad tale of the attributor but scant little about the accused. The homily about when one points their figure at another is followed by the question, “How many fingers are pointing at you the accuser?” The answer is 3. “Let him who is without sin caste the first stone.” Oops, they all left.
The group of environmentalists wants the “climate dissenters” punished because their words are damaging to others. The dissenters are bad, bad people who need to be silenced. Humm…….pause Shouldn’t we just pause for a minute and think about what we are up to here? I guess science and logic are not enough, we need to force people to do the right thing. Must be a different America than the one I grew up in. Hail Cesar!