Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blum ...everywhere

Recently came across these two docs listed below (as a result of looking up some action items for the upcoming UC Regents meeting) -- left wondering why UC Regent Blum figures prominently in them. Why?! Regents usually say they remain aloof/distant from students, staff, faculty because they want to remain objective etc...

Kessler v. Bishop et al - Document 73 see page 7 and 14-16. (some of the details in this piece read as very reminiscent of stories Daily Cal had on delayed and problematic student hearings at Cal over the past few years.)

and this Enstrom business (see Blum on every page) that FIRE is also covering-- they also make an appeal to UC on future appointments.

Also, see this related: UC Regent Minutes September 14-15, 2011 -- note in this piece how the UC Regents talk freely about how easy it is for them to support legislation/propositions etc. in this instance... remember that.
and this from Yudof:
All UC campuses will become smoke-free
Hear the Lonesome Whistle Blow: Workplace Retaliation
3 Questions for Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author of Willful Blindness
"If leaders understood the causes of their own blindness better, and recognized that this constitutes a significant business risk, then they have the capacity to get a great deal more information, insight and understanding from their workforce. It’s an interesting fact that investment in people delivers a far higher return than investment in technology – and yet technology is somehow more appealing.

The workforce represents a vastly under-utilized asset in most companies. When there are problems in a business, it is almost never the case that they are unknown, unknowable or invisible. Someone somewhere knows about it. The leadership challenge is to create an environment in which this information can and will find its way to the top."

Whistle and we won't be able to come to you, or won't have to after all

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