Nov 292012


TimeDoin’ Time* somewhere south of Normal…

Time = KM Time

Similarities between Knowledge Management (KM) and “other kind of time”
      Confined to small space with other detainees…..


         Most others don’t know what you do (or why)…


         Time is not an enemy but a constant challenge…


         Unable to leave until requirements are fulfilled…


         Having done time, KMer will never be the same…
Are you doin’ time? We would like to hear from you….
Bruce Fransen
Knowledge Management Consultant


Aug 172011

The following post is from my guest blogger Mr. Howard Hill, CPA. We welcome your comments!

National Day of Labor

National Day of LaborI have requested that President Obama call for a “National Day of Labor “, THIS LABOR DAY. He should have a summit on Labor Day and invite the largest 1000 corporations in America. He should ask each of the top 1000 companies to pledge to hire at least 1000 new employees, in the United States, by the end of the year. These pledged jobs should be posted on a national federal “Job Bank “website.
The president should institute a Jobs credit for all employees hired by the end of the year of  10%. He should offer a  15% credit for anyone hired in the month of September. The employee has to keep his job for at least 1 year in order for the employer to get the credit.
Additionally the president should ask every employer in the United States to hire at least 1 person by the end of the year. The job credit would be available to all employers. Any employer who pledges to hire at least 50 employees should be included in the national Job bank website.
This is an opportunity for the president to lead on the jobs issue.  I believe that this leap of faith will get America back to work and set the economy on fire. The key is that all the top employers need to hold hands and jump off the cliff at the same time. If they do so they will reap tenfold what they pledge, and create enormous wealth. The effort should be bipartisan. Those corporations and individuals who refuse to participate will be conspicuous by their absence.
President Obama or Congress did not layoff the 15 Million Unemployed Americans, corporate America layed them off, and it is high time that they hire them back.
I just watched a program that showed the pictures of the 30 American soldiers who lost their lives when their helicopter was shot out of the sky in Afghanistan. These soldiers and thousands of others have lost their lives in these and other wars protecting “vital American interest”. We all know these are vital corporate interest, so they can expand their international operations, while at the same time closing plants and laying off American workers. It is time that they repay the American people for all we have done for them, Hire Americans!
Howard Hill, CPA
 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Dec 072010

The following blog post is by my guest blogger – David Schneider – I look forward to your comments:

Why do Knowledge Management (KM) Initiatives Fail?

Why do Knowledge Management (KM) Initiatives FailThe fact is that few knowledge management initiatives are successful. But, why is this result? What is the cause and effect? Is it because under qualified professional? Or is their more to it than that? What about a magic “silver bullet”? Is a cultural issue?

I believe the reason why knowledge management initiatives fail are varied as there are stars in the sky. I believe one of the main reasons knowledge management initiatives fail is based on how the organization views knowledge management. Knowledge Management is viewed just as a function of the call center. KM is more than a function of a call center and its benefits are far reaching as any Lean process or any other initiatives a corporation take put into practice. KM is mainly viewed by most corporations that have a KM effort as a cost of doing business. This is an error in philosophy, KM is a method of reducing expenses, improve productivity, and enhancing value.

KM will improve efficiencies that will increase a corporations’ profitability, enhances the quality of work, performance, and overall value of the corporation. KM allows tacit knowledge to be leveraged, transferred to increase the quality of work performed across the corporation. This tacit knowledge allows KM to eliminate the “reinvent the wheel” syndrome. This transfer of knowledge is the essence of knowledge management.

Outside of a corporations’ philosophy error there are several reasons for KM initiatives fail. Some of those reasons are as follows:

  • Expecting KM technologies to replace KM processes or create processes where none exists.
  • Lack of participation from all levels of a corporation.
  • Forcing inadequate processes into new technology.
  • Lack of maintenance and resources after initial standup.
  • Lack of education and understanding of what KM means to the individual.
  • KM does not become ingrained into the corporations work culture.
  • Lack of involvement in creating and evolving KM content.
  • Lack of metrics to measure the impact of KM on the corporation or insufficient/incorrect metrics being captured.
  • Lack of monitoring and controls in place to ensure the knowledge is relevant and is current and accurate.

KM initiatives are essential to a corporations’ growth and is more than just the cost of doing business. Successful KM initiatives once completed and funded correctly it increase a corporations’ profitability, enhance the quality of work, and overall value of the corporation.

David Schneider

Sep 012010
TacitCubeFresh off of his speech to the nation, I thought I would print this excerpt from an article by Frank Schaeffer “Obama Will Triumph — So Will America”

I welcome your thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Context of the Obama Presidency

Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second  World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short- sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left.

As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”– snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it!

Here is what Obama faced when he took office — none of which was his fault:

  • An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries.
  • Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral.
  • The worst economic crisis since the depression.
  • America’s standing in the world at the lowest point in history.
  • A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war.
  • A health care system in free fall.
  • An educational system in free fall.
  • A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing.)
  • An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left.
  • A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration.

And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President’s desk!

Sep 012010

I was presented with this compelling paper from Howard Hill, CPA. Given our current economic situation I wanted to share this letter in its entirety. I welcome your comments:


The American economy is in need of a boost to get people back to work. The best policy to achieve this goal is Direct Leveraged Stimulus. You have seen it in the past 2 years in various forms “Cash for Clunkers”, “The Energy Star” appliance discount program and the new “Home Star” energy efficient discount program. All of these programs are based on a premise that I suggested to the Obama Administration at the beginning of 2009, Direct leveraged Stimulus. I am calling for the expansion of these programs and the creation of others to the tune of $100 Billion, which will create 1 million direct manufacturing Jobs and at least that many ancillary jobs. The best part is the program will pay for itself.
Direct Leveraged Stimulus suggests that you give subsidies directly to consumers for the purchase of goods, which cost 5 to 10 times the amount of the subsidy, preferably for durable goods or services, substantially, if not entirely manufactured or performed in the United States. The subsidy is direct to the public requiring the purchaser to borrow or use his own cash to pay for the lion’s share of the good or service. No money is given directly to the purchaser; it is rebated to the retailer directly from the United States Treasury or local Government pass through agent.

“Cash for Clunkers”, is an example of this program. In order to get the $4500 subsidy you had to purchase a vehicle. I was not in favor of the Clunker portion of the program, but the program still was very successful. The stimulus was direct as the money benefited the consumer directly. The stimulus was leveraged as the consumer had to borrow or pay from his own funds the balance of the car purchase. Most vehicles were purchased for $20,000 to $25,000. The program was initiated to get some of the older gas guzzling cars off the street and replace them with more fuel efficient vehicles. At the time it helped pull the American economy out of the economic ditch.

Direct Leveraged Stimulus is far better than any other stimulus program because it requires the consumer to put 5 to 10 times more money into the economy than the government subsidy. It is better than tax credits that everyone does not qualify for or understand and often don’t benefit taxpayers equally, and as we have seen with home buyer credit program, is open to fraud. It is better than the suggestion of reducing payroll taxes because consumers don’t have to spend the payroll tax savings. It is better than building roads because for every dollar you spend on roads you get a dollar of road. In the case of Direct Leveraged Stimulus you get 5 to 10 times of the amount of the stimulus you provide. Obviously it is better than unemployment for all of these reasons and the fact that Direct Leveraged spending will stimulate employment and boost consumer confidence. We need to put Americans back to work preferably in manufacturing jobs.

The best example of the policy is the Energy Star appliance program. This program gave a discount paid directly to retailers if a consumer purchased an energy efficient appliance. In this example the funds were given to the State of Illinois which administered the rebates. On April 23, 2010 $6.5 million of rebates were made available through local retailers. The discounts or rebates were 15%, and were used toward the purchase of an Energy efficient home appliance. The lines began to form outside retail stores at 4am. The program was suppose to be in effect for a couple of weeks or until the funds were expended, which ever came first. By 7pm the same day all the rebate funds were depleted. $45,000,000 of appliances were purchased in that one day, more than 7 times the amount of the subsidy.

Direct leveraged stimulus is without a doubt the best way to stimulate the economy and create meaningful jobs. Best of all the program is revenue neutral; it pays for itself in state and federal tax collections and expenditure reductions, for unemployment and other programs. The consumer is happy because he receives a subsidy, business is happy because they directly receive the subsidy and make a sale and best of all it costs the benefactor, we the tax payer nothing as it pays for it self in increased payroll, income and sales taxes. It also decreases the amount we have to subsidize unemployment as we put people back to work. The reduction in the unemployment rate will boost consumer confidence and stimulate growth in all sectors of the economy.

Direct leveraged stimulus works and is a current policy of the United States government. This program should be expanded to $100 to $200 billion. You can also include the manufactures themselves instead of giving a depreciation credit for the purchase of equipment made in the United States; give them a direct subsidy at the time of purchase paid directly to the manufacturer of the equipment. Provide subsides for natural gas buses, construction equipment or pollutant efficient manufacturing machinery. Require at least 70 percent of any equipment, good or service involved in the program to be made in the America. All in all Direct Leveraged Stimulus is the fastest, cheapest, easiest and most direct way to stimulate the economy. Congress needs to seriously consider this proposal.

The policy can be applied at the state and local level as well. State and local governments can provide subsidies for products produced and purchased within their boarders. It can also be used for the purchase of homes in lieu of tax credits.

Howard Hill, CPA