Sunday, June 26, 2011

Individual responsibility a good place to begin

You do not have to know how things will happen, just what you want to happen. Hold your vision. 
The state budget is good for Wisconsin’s future because we must start taking individual responsibility and this is a good way to do it. I agree that the approach Gov. Scott Walker took was too quick, but the concept makes sense.
I support people in the service industry, especially teachers, firemen and policemen. Teachers made a choice to work in this profession and they have intense hours during the nine-month school year, However, they do have winter and spring breaks, in-service days and three months off in summer. They work hard for our kids, but are no different than those who work in other industries. If people in other industries must pay part or all of their health insurance, then all professions should take that responsibility.
And much of the money the state receives ends up going to programs that taxpayers never agreed to support, for example, farm subsidies. Why should we pay this?
I have friends in California, Florida and Oregon and I hear the horror stories about the taxes and other overhead costs they have to pay to the government to make up for the deficit in those states. I think this solution is the best for us in our fiscally conservative state. In the end, this state budget will be good for Wisconsin’s future.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

I am authentic, creative and resilient.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.~Richard Bach

I am preparing for my first speech in Toastmasters and am gathering some thoughts.  The speech is telling about me...

I am authentic, creative and resilient.

Authentic because of my wonderful family who helped me see my career get a start, read here
Here's an example of a story related to authenticity, read here

Creative because I always loved to draw, read here
Here's an example of one of my creative stories, read here

Resilient because I am always in a state of discovery, read here

This is why I am authentic, creative and resilient.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

What actions to take now?

Your unique gifts are hardwired into your system just as surely as your lungs are given their blueprint to breathe. And it’s from these specific talents and gifts that we are able to define and  determine your definite purpose-- the reason why you’re here.
I've been on a journey of discovering myself since I was little. 

I remember my mom use to say to me, "What are you looking for? I think you are looking for something you will never find."

A lot of this self-discovery has to do with my restless and creative spirit, thinking that there is always something more out there to discover and learn.

As I take this self-discovered journey, I liberally learn that ALL I want is to give back in a small way. I want everyone to treat others with respect, with dignity and with honor. It does not seem much to ask; but, as my eyes open and things become vibrantly clear, I notice how just a small gesture of kindness goes a long way. A smile, a hug, a simple nod showing notice or reaching out to say "hi, how are you?"; these are significant.

Over the past several years, I've discovered new passions. I write and illustrate for children, and encourage them to do the same. I develop and manage global programs for fortune 100 companies and non-profits.  I design Board of Directors; helping people on the board understand the role they play, positions they do, tasks to complete and how to better manage the large programs into a framework that works for the organization.  I actively work in positions to discover more about the position and in-turn, so that I can give back. I'm an advocate for education, simple living, and doing the right thing.  A proponent for  lifestyle changes in all genres.

This is a valuable journey, seeing the acceptance, willingness, growth and behavior changes in not only others; but, me as well. I appreciate the talents that were given to me and use them to my fullest ability.

This story is just a small part of what I do, a humble way of me giving back. I am honored that you are reading my post and would be gracious to learn more of your bounteous journey

*To learn more about me and my experience, please check out my high level profile on Linked In.

*A Special Thanks to Gordon W. Stanley for the pictures.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Riding the Techno-Wave!

"Stop focusing on what you can't be and start celebrating who you are."~Denise Ryan

I take a moment to lazor in on a distinct area of my expertise.  Many who know me, say I have this balanced left-brain, right-brain mix.  As my friend Caroline put it, "Her technical skills combined with her creative ability and high energy is truly an inspiration for anyone working with her."  I am technically labeled a Computer Scientist and expert in Management in Information Systems.

How did I get here?  Here is my story...  
When I was young, my dad would take us to work on a Saturday.  As a computer operator by trade, he showed us gigantic computers that overtook the entire room.  I sat at a keyboard, punched the keys, and a punched IBM card slid on a track.  I have fond memories with the stacks of IBM cards at my home.  I grew up creating all sorts of wonderful things with them.  I used the IBM cards for writing notes to members of my family, letting them knew where I was, my mom would write our Saturday work lists, and I created whole cities on our dining room table, and so on.

In high school I used a typewriter to complete class assignments.  In college, I would dread writing papers, not having formal keyboard training, it would take me forever to type a paper and one mistake took forever to fix.  It was a tedious task!

I was introduced to computers late in my college career; when I bought my first computer, a ZEOS, top brand at the time.  It thrilled me to try to dismantle the operating system to see if I could break the code to make it work again.  I would take the computer apart, pull cards and figure out if I could put them back in the right slot and make the computer work again.

It was like a puzzle.

I received my first "real job" as a Computer Operations Director for a small non-profit right out of college, with no formal computer training.  I took my first assembler language course 2 years into my career.  Like a sponge, I soaked up anything that I discovered about computers.  I helped candidates access and generate their data lists from tapes, formulate and discover market-place results, fixed and replaced memory and network cards, develop programs, setup networks and the list goes on and on.  I was riding the techno-wave. There were times I was ahead of the wave.  My career grew.

I realize that I have worked in every capacity there is known to date in the Technology Industry.  A few months ago, I sat down and wrote down the list of positions or skills that I gained throughout my career.  It fascinated me!  A truly mind-opening experience, giving myself time to reflect and forcing me to take notice in everything that I have accomplished in my career.

There is much to be said about desire and curiosity, my desire to learn technology has been endless.  Even though, I was not, initially trained in the technology field I have, since then been formerly trained and know the intricacies of Computers, Technology.  Eventually, I learned how to Manage People who Manage Computers, Develop Computer and People Programs, it is truly profound.

My career in the Technology Industry has been an amazing journey and I am a seasoned Techno-Geek riding the Techno-Wave!

*To learn more about me and my experience, please check out my high level profile on Linked In.
*A Special Thanks to Gordon W. Stanley and b.paulini for the pictures.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My thoughts before the BIG Exam

... I believe the best test of a model is how well can the modeler answer the questions what do you know now that you did not know before? and how can you find out if it is true?-- Jim Bower

One of the most grueling processes for me is to take a complex multiple choice tests. You know the ones that you take at the prometric testing center.  I've been studying for a specific test for over 3 months, I don't know what got into me to even attempt this.  In the process of taking classes and studying, I have learned that there are different types of tests, those tests that supply you with a question, and if you get it wrong, it will designate your score based on those first 10 or 20 questions of inaccuracy. The one I am studying for now is different; they have a weighted scale for each question; but, the questions are related to 3 or 4 dimensions and concepts related to the specific area of expertise.  Not only do I need to memorize the definitions, but I need to understand it strategically and how they relate in a real-life scenario.

This makes me reminisce, back when I was in 7th grade, I think I have the timing right; when I chose to study story problems during summer school, only because we went. I sure did struggle with these, even back then. So, here I am decades later, struggling once again with the infamous story problems. Why do they have to make them so complicated? I suppose, this is why becoming certified is a great honor and a professional responsibility. People who receive this certificate are "very" proud and once you receive it, you will do everything in your power to ensure you maintain the appropriate amount of PDU's (professional development units) to maintain it.

I have a feeling that I will pass the exam it will be pivotal to this stage of my career.  I have goals and aspirations and this certification will help me achieve them.  I was going to close out by saying, wish me luck; however, it will not take luck, this time it will take perseverance, courage and memory!