Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Five rules of engagement for effective meetings
1. Listening is good. Gratuitous speech is bad. Silence means consent. Don't chime in just to hear your own voice.
2. Presenting new ideas or brainstorming is good. Knocking down another's idea is bad. There's a time for reaching consensus.
3. Attack the problem or issue, not the person you disagree with. "I don't agree with you" is okay, but "I think you're an idiot" isn't.
4. Stay on topic, but don't beat a dead horse. Save other subjects for other meetings. Use a "parking lot" for important issues that may need to be revisited at a later date.
5. Be open, honest, and forthcoming. Don't hold back, bullshit, or sugar-coat issues. This is especially critical in meetings where key decisions are based on the information presented.
The indefatigable streetcar critic, Randal O'Toole, seems to be the go-to person on these types of stories. The New York Times refers to him as "as expert on urban growth and transportation issues. Here's my very own editorial corrective. A self-professed expert with an ax to grind on various urban growth and transportation issues.
Mr. O'Toole played an active role in Madison's streetcar discussion. Check out these Wisconsin State Journal opinion pieces.
Portland's Streetcar Success Just a Hoax (By Randal O'Toole, January 8, 2007)
Don't Fall for Streetcar Hoax. (By Randal O'Toole, December 19, 2006)
Mr. O'Toole, by the way, is affiliated with the Cato Institute, which promotes public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peaceful international relations. In other words, he's a true believer in the invisible hand of the free market.
For more on the free-market crowd, see http://bennel.blogspot.com/2008/02/call-to-conference.html.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Link to August 6 techdirt post, "Broadband Crunch Still Nowhere To Be Found; Internet Growth May Actually Be Slowing".
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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