Obama’s Limo Declares Revolution, Teaching in Business, and Snuggles, the Movie
Obama’s Limos Declare ‘No Taxation without Representation!’
In an odd twist of fate, President Obama’s Motorcade will include license plates declaring the popular Pre-Revolutionary War declaration of ‘no taxation without representation.’ Due to D.C.’s adoption of this phrase on their plate, there are no state issued plates that lack this phrase.
Washington D.C. was prevented from having any representation in order to keep the political city neutral, yet its citizens now cry for representation as well as possible statehood.
Imagine the campaign trail leading to win D.C.’s electoral votes.
“Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York … And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and Washington D.C., oh yeah, and then we’ll go back to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! We’ll win it twice! Yeah!!!!!”
Poor Howard Dean was nearly a decade too early for this great speech to become a reality…
…at least if D.C. and Puerto Rico become states, we can have four more senators to not want to compromise. Sheesh
Presenting Utilizing Multiple Approaches
Whether you’re teaching Kindergarten musicians or mid-aged call center agents, it is important to vary your approaches in order to accomplish your goal: a well-rounded pupil.
The square peg always fits in the square hole, but that lesson no longer matters once you’ve learned it. The brain has moved on. In a corporate environment, it is essential to keep presenting and representing the simple truths in different ways to keep the team’s focus on constantly improving without taking too big of a step backwards.
My experience teaching music to young learners ages 5 through 12 opened my eyes to a multiple approaches method. In other words, the same lesson is given in different ways. Human beings learn in a multitude of ways. It is essential to utilize visual, aesthetic, kinesthetic, etc. methods in order to reinforce key concepts. Presenting and representing differently allows the same concepts to be reinforced while evolving the method used to create an atmosphere of being new or different.
In the business world, it is as simple as extremely focusing on statistics in the work force. After over killing it for a month or two, switch gears to focus on certain aspects of their job such as their presentation, or how they handle calls.
Statistics are a measurable outcome that can show a trend of operating efficiently and effectively. This approach can measure if an agent is efficient, or sloppy. Looking at statistics is a quick way to see if the team is operating correctly (assuming that if their numbers meet company goals, that the agent is in return accomplishing company expectations).
Score cards, or job reviews establish if the product the agent is completing is up to company standard. Statistics can’t measure this as easily as physically observing the agent’s work. After focusing on the agent’s understanding of meeting company statistical goals, switching to focusing on product performance allows the agent to live up to the new statistical expectations that have been set.
In the end, you get a team working within the company lines and putting out an improved product. Once the focus has swayed to score cards, it’s time to switch to another method (possibly back to statistics).
When reviewing how your company approaches team improvement, find ways to break down the driving forces of team development that is appropriate to your business, and utilize them to focus on one or two aspects at a time, then switch to a completely different aspect that reinforces the original aspect you focused on.
Snuggles decides to be Mark Wahlberg’s stoner roommate/best friend in ‘Ted.’ In a movie-paced Family Guy episode, there are more references to Seth MacFarlane’s rowdy cartoon characters than a true focus on the plot: an outcast teen finds companionship in a teddy bear, grows confidence to meet a beautiful and undeserved woman by the time he’s middle-aged, and then realizes he has to lose the teddy bear to actually grow up and keep said woman.
Wahlberg does just that. He grows up just in time to want his teddy back. Needless to say, he regresses at the finale in the movie when Mila Kunis decides it’s ok for her fiancé and her to live with this stoner for the rest of their life.
It’s not Wahlberg’s best, and it’s certainly not his worst. If you’re a Family Guy fan, this one’s for you.
Sorry about the spoiler.