Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cybercrime presentation to be televised

The OLLI project at California State University Dominguez Hills is funded by a grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is intended to provide university-level discussion of important topics to seniors and others who are limited in mobility or who cannot travel to a university to attend such lectures and discussions. OLLI has been offering programs since the spring 2003, which makes spring 2006 their sixth series.

The program is one-hour in length and is hosted. All broadcasts are live from the university television studio in Carson, California, aired on cable channel LA 36 on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, starting February 8 and ending May 10. Other cable channels in the greater Los Angeles area carry the broadcast live, including channel 56 in Pasadena.Estimated viewing audience in the city of Los Angeles alone is estimated to be approximately 75,000 to 125,000.

The broadcasts are interactive, featuring viewers' participation via telephone and email. Each broadcast includes clips from film and television clips chosen by the presenter to illustrate the topic, a pedagogic method used to engage “seasoned” learners. Each presentation is supported by a Website with resources for learning more on a topic and interacting with others. OLLI archives the presentations on their website, where past presentations are currently available for viewing.

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA has been invited to participate in our spring 2006 televised lecture series entitled "The Law and Criminal Investigation in Film Television, and Literature." This series of one-hour presentations is part of a project to expand learning-in-retirement experiences for seniors. The series intends to examine law and criminal investigation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Foster, the author of “Police Technology (Prentice Hall, July 2004)” will appear on March 15, 2006, from 1PM to 2PM and will be presenting “Cyber Crime.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Poker and Leadership

Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where - at least in the short run - the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.
John Luckacs, Poker and the American Character (1963)

The first and foremost responsibility of leaders is to have a vision of where they want to take their organ­izations. You certainly wouldn’t sit at a poker table without the vision of winning the game. This is not something one can find in a book, be it this one or any other. It must emanate naturally from the heart and mind. Although it is fine to seek out as much information about the organization as possible, the leader must intrin­sically have a firm sense of direction. A skillful poker play without the vision of winning will miss the “tells” or subtle clues in the other.

Why is Poker such a rich metaphor for leadership. Find out more at Leadership: Texas Hold 'em Style.