Category Archives: Leadership

Net neutrality sounds good, but it’s worse


By Ev Ehrlich – Think about a newspaper – it works the same way. The Chronicle attracts readers so it can attract advertisers. It also attracts advertisers so it can attract readers. What if The Chronicle weren’t allowed to accept money from advertisers because “newspaper neutrality” made it impossible to let some stores advertise and others not? The price of the paper would go up, because the reader would have to carry the entire cost of the paper.

The Internet works the same way. Users – you and I – carry more than our fair share, while the mega-sites pay less than they should given the congestion they cause and the value of a connection to them.

That’s part of the reason why the profit margins of companies like Google and Facebook and Yahoo are six to eight times those of the companies such as Verizon or AT&T or Comcast.

When you get right down to it, you and I and Selby are subsidizing these behemoths; no wonder they’re the biggest proponents of neutrality. more> http://tinyurl.com/n7wxlnw

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Welcome Back, Paul Ryan


Bloomberg – It’s rare for a prominent politician to publicly rethink his position on one of his signature issues. Paul Ryan has just done so.

It is certainly a foundation on which conservatives can build. One of the plan’s proposals would combine 11 current programs — including food stamps, child care, housing subsidies and what remains of traditional welfare — into something called Opportunity Grants. It sounds like a block-grant program, the anathema of liberals because they distrust the states’ ability (or will) to distribute grants fairly, and it comes with a big exception: States can opt in only if their plans pass federal-government muster. more> http://tinyurl.com/l8v5hk4

Why Government Fails, and How to Stop It


By Paul C. Light – 41 important past government failures (between 2001 – 2014) from a search of news stories listed in the Pew Research Center’s “News Interest Index” were identified.

Patterns and characteristics in the dataset of significant government failures:

  • Most of the failures involved errors of omission, not commission
  • Vision with execution is the clear driver of success, just as its absence is an equation for failure
  • The number of government failures has increased over time

more> http://tinyurl.com/q3lhpqk

3 Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use



By Scott Eblin – Recognizing that her time and attention are limited resources that she must deploy as effectively as possible, she’s come up with three productivity hacks that help her determine where she needs to focus. more> http://tinyurl.com/n5x8g5h

97 Percent of Key Industries Doubt Security Compliance Can Defy Hackers


(GlebStock/Shutterstock.com )By Aliya Sternstein – Only 3 percent of information technology executives at utilities and other businesses critical to society strongly believe security rules and standards decrease threats to the systems running their operations.

“The regulations themselves are not getting the job done. It’s hard to have regulations in this area that are dynamic enough to be helpful,” Larry Ponemon told Nextgov. more> http://tinyurl.com/orhgyz3