“Promise” programs revisited; success requires change of mind and heart

   I recently heard Gregg Lederman, CEO of Brand Integrity, speak on the topic of culture and engagement. He deeply believes in the power that comes from recognizing and celebrating others’ success. For Lederman, it’s all about creating and sustaining positive habits.  Lederman shared many insights I’ve heard from others. His reminders, however, provided timely…

“Promise” programs require deep pockets, deeper commitment

Anne Kress, president, Monroe Community College today shared an article via Twitter recounting several community-based initiatives designed to provide local residents with funding toward a college degree. Its findings concluded two recurring challenges: Lack of measurable and reliable benchmarks Lack of sustainable and sufficient funding Kress, a fervent advocate for community colleges and member of both…

What New York can learn from Utah’s economy

This post is a follow up to, “Government innovation requires shift to value creation,” which called for rigorous economic analysis in favor of political rhetoric to increase accountability, transparency and effectiveness.  A vision for a stronger economy  Imagine New York State with the following improvements to its economic outlook: 17 percent decrease to the poverty…

U.S. beer trends brew bigger question for Rochester economy

The Democrat and Chronicle today reported Rochester-based North American Breweries ranked sixth among United States beer brewing companies for a second consecutive year. Before raising a Genny Light to celebrate, the latest report from trade group, the Brewers Association, requires a deeper analysis.     According to market research firm IBISWorld, U.S. breweries represent a $33…

What I learned from a moment with Kodak’s Clarke

It’s not often I get the chance to meet the CEO of a major corporation. Today I met Jeff Clarke, Kodak’s CEO. He sat only a few rows away from me on my connecting flight to Chicago. Stories of former Kodak chief Antonio Perez included records of many flights on the corporate jet back and…