- December 17, 2013 2:25 AM
In our last post in this series, we covered some harsh truths around the management (or lack thereof) around data. Today, we offer some advice on how to tackle the problem. Who pays for the clean air in the office? Whose P/L does that hit? Outside the scope of study was how to get an initiative around this under way. The main problem here is the lack of a clear owner, the lack of a designated P/L to charge, essentially the lack of someone responsible for this area. This has allowed the problems to fester and grow more complex. On an ongoing basis, surrounding solutions get rolled out to address specific point problems in organizations, but the root cause remains unaddressed.
- December 16, 2013 3:46 PM
This writer must issue a disclaimer at the start of this article, as some people and entities are hard to sit at the keyboard and criticize. How could one write an article taking down the Dalai Lama or Santa Claus (sorry kids!), or criticize organizations such as food banks or child advocacy groups for the work that they do? And so, writing an article criticizing the American Legion is done only with the sober reality that whatever the facts might be, some readers will automatically believe that when an organization whose mission is to help America’s proud veterans of the past and present day, takes a stance against a government practice, the American Legion’s brand—its name and reputation for good works—makes their position above reproach. However, the American Legion was simply wrong in using Congressional testimony this past week to criticize the use of reverse auctions in federal procurement for the alleged harm that the practice has on small business owners and in particular, those which are owned by veterans.
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