Monthly Archives: July 2013

Four Years and Still Here!

With recent busy days and an upcoming two-week vacation, I failed to recognize that my blog turned four years old two days ago!

Happy birthday to me and thanks so much for your support.

Off to a much anticipated vacation.

See you in a couple weeks!


Kiss Your CIR Goodbye

I agree with Inc. Magazine’s analysis here, comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow death in the House.

The House Republicans’ two-hour meeting yesterday on immigration reform was supposed to be private, a chance for the party’s pro-reform establishment and its anti-reform hardliners to exchange views away from the prying eyes of voters and the press. But enough noise leaked out from behind the closed doors to make clear what was happening, and it was this: the “long, slow death” that hardline Republicans  promised for immigration reform has begun. It’s hard to imagine a more disappointing outcome for business in general and entrepreneurs in particular.

Not All Latinos Salsa

From the annals of Yolo County Court in California comes this astonishing anecdote. According to court records, it seems some leaders at a local Target store compiled a tip sheet aimed at helping supervisors manage Latino employees effectively. The tip sheet entitled, “Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,” included some interesting advice for managing Latino employees. Here’s a few of those gems:

a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
f. They may say ‘OK, OK’ and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face.

I must give them credit for item b, indeed I am a terrible Salsa dancer.

I realize this was probably a few rogue supervisors attempting to provide a cultural resource for their managers; however, it once again proves the point that organizations, even those as well known and well managed as Target, can still miss the “cultural train.”

Latinos’ Unequal Opportunity

The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance shares an update on how changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) can negatively impact low income students including Latinos and African Americans. Rising college costs, decreasing completion rates, shifting enrollment rates, and fewer Bachelor degrees could be the long-term outcomes of redesigning federal need-based grant aid; an escalation of inequality of opportunity. The Advisory Committee’s 2010 counseled Congress against making changes:

In particular, the 2010 report cautioned that the steady erosion in the purchasing power of Pell Grants must be reversed if any progress is to be made in ensuring equal educational opportunity and success in higher education. Without such increases, inequality in access and completion will steadily worsen – as will inequality in national income.

Looking for Extroverts via Social Media

Most recruiters will tell you they check applicant social media profiles to either confirm or find contradictions on their resumes. But what does social media activity also tell recruiters about candidate personalities?   An interesting study from North Carolina University regarding prospective employees and social media sheds some light about what employers can learn from applicant social media postings. After examining the social media activity of 175 job applicants, the results are surprising. From the study abstract:

Participant self-reported social media content related to (a) photos and text-based references to alcohol and drug use and (b) criticisms of superiors and peers (so-called “badmouthing” behavior) were compared to traditional personality assessments. Results indicated that extraverted candidates were prone to postings related to alcohol and drugs. Those low in agreeableness were particularly likely to engage in online badmouthing behaviors. Evidence concerning the relationships between conscientiousness and the outcomes of interest was mixed.