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Dave S Morse
Dave S Morse
I've completed a Masters of Management in Public Administration at the University of Phoenix and am seeking to enter the field of social and/or environmental justice from the field of education. I am a strong social-justice advocate who has had letters to the editor published in the NY Times etc.
 

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Mar. 3, 2014 10:33 pm
Immigration Reform is a Complex Public-Policy Issue Immigration reform constitutes a complex and nuanced public-policy issue that contains many twists and turns. Illegal migrant farm-workers, for example, do much of the backbreaking stoop labor, at $3.00-$7.25 per hour, which brings fruits, vegetables, and produce to the state’s, the nation’s, and the world’s dinner tables at more affordable...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2014 12:37 am
Though advances have been made in the reduction of chronic homelessness, transitory, or cyclical, homelessness remains a scourge nationwide. Because of severe underemployment, many hardworking people have to stay with friends or relatives on a regular basis. Creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, with sustainable living wages, remains at the core of vastly reducing, or hopefully, even...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2012 1:45 am
Theory E vis-à-vis Theory O Theory E espouses organizational change based on economic value whereas Theory O commends entity change founded upon organizational value (Harvard Business Review, 2000). Though the tide is beginning to change, most companies in the U.S., particularly large ones, operate on the E Theory of change. “Profitable Shortcuts” are not Profitable Contrary to what many...  Read More
Jun. 10, 2012 2:51 am
A Blinkered Focus on Profitability Senior corporate leadership, boards of directors, and shareholders often have a monocular focus on the short-term bottom line and in the interest of “profitability” make extremely poor decisions relative to downsizing. Oftentimes, companies engage in surreptitious planning in terms of layoffs which gives employees a sense of foreboding and anxiety about...  Read More
Mar. 16, 2012 2:57 am
Compensation Decisions Must also Have a Community Interface Many times organizational leaders base employee-compensation decisions on performance-related criteria only. While this is extremely important for compensation fairness to every employee, compensation decisions must also be measured against the organization’s and their employees’ interface with the surrounding community. A Fair...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2012 6:41 pm
Organizational Leadership Must be Fully Committed to Change The job of organizational change relative to the adoption of new technology is difficult to the degree that senior leadership officials fail to commend and “live out” the technological changes they wish to see adopted. Luke warmness, or sitting on the fence, in terms of leadership not embracing, commending, and “incarnating” (living...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2012 2:07 am
We are Creating a Future “Perfect Storm” This may sound harsh, but states around the country, including California where I live, are greatly devaluing public education and are thereby creating a future “perfect storm” of more and more untrained people, higher unemployment, declining tax revenues, decreasing social services, higher crime rates, and a certain future decline in the quality of...  Read More
Dec. 12, 2011 1:51 am
In the field of human-resources management (HRM), considerable debate has swirled around the topic of which staffing construct is better, centralized or decentralized staffing. To a considerable degree, it depends on what sort of company, non-profit entity, or governmental agency we’re talking about. Local Staffers Have a Better Idea as to Real Conditions in Their Area In terms of...  Read More
Nov. 17, 2011 1:14 am
Internal Recruitment Offers Employees Career-Development Opportunities One major advantage of internal recruitment for open positions in the organization is that it creates opportunities for employee career development within the entity and it also serves as a motivator to drive staff people toward performing at exceptionally high levels. Without such opportunities for advancement, or at...  Read More
Nov. 12, 2011 10:06 pm
A Highly Relevant Quotation Concerning the Prolonged Recession The November 12, 2011 edition of the Ventura County Star ( www.vcstar.com )has a very apropos quotation given our prolonged recession: "There is an old saying that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." As working people we face a stark choice regarding the economy which is moribund. Major...  Read More
Nov. 8, 2011 4:28 pm
Those in Authority are Held to a Higher Standard than Others Law-enforcement officials, teachers, ministers, rabbis, monks, imams, and people who hold public office of any kind should be held to a higher standard than other people because if they work for any kind of public agency their salaries and wages are funded by taxpayer dollars and they are to serve in the public interest, not their...  Read More
Nov. 8, 2011 3:00 am
Many of us are blue and depressed about the severe lack of new jobs, but we should ponder the meaning of Thanksgiving and be thankful for all that we have as there are always people who are worse off than we are. Thanksgiving is a word that should inform and guide our daily life. It is to this end that I’ve been thinking about Thanksgiving over the last few days and would like to share with you...  Read More
Oct. 28, 2011 4:10 am
In many companies these days, staffing is not done to replace turnover (Brey, 2011) with the idea that doing so will enhance “profitability” when, in fact, organizations often have to spend more over the long-term by being compelled at a later date, by consumer demand, to hire additional staff that should have been replaced when previous turnover had occurred. This is the grim reality of how many...  Read More
Oct. 26, 2011 3:04 am
HR Staffers Have Responsibility for Finding Good Job/Person Matches One of the most important roles that HR staffing people can play in making ideals a reality in the workplace is by hiring individuals who are good positional and organizational matches for the entity. HR staffing people should collaborate with other staffers in their department to ensure that screening procedures and...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2011 4:26 pm
Employment Law Sets only Minimum Standards for Compliance Employment law, across the board, in every category governed by such laws, sets only minimum standards for individual and organizational compliance. The law, in effect, in each aspect of employment law governed, sets only very minimum standards for compliance. Employment Laws often “Miss the Point” In truth, in a sense, the laws...  Read More
Oct. 14, 2011 1:44 am
Organizational Monitoring of Social-Media Smacks of Big Brotherdom Companies in increasing measure are monitoring their employees’ activities on social-networking sites. This growing trend is alarming and merits very serious concern. Surveillance of Social-Media Web Sites Impinges on Freedom of Speech (Expression) While it is true that people should use common sense in posting on...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2011 1:48 am
Skills Must be Continually Sharpened for Individual and Organizational Competitiveness To meet the myriad of challenges in an increasingly global market and workplace, companies will need to ensure that their employees, supervisors, managers, and executives stay competitive in their skill sets and in how those skill sets enable the organization to gain and retain competitive advantage in...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2011 4:19 pm
With the Lord's Help We Can Bring Hope and Radiance to the Lives of Others In my devotions this morning I came across a devotional entitled “Celebrating Others” which stresses the importance of Christians affirming and cheering on the success of other people to the glory of God (Family Christian Stores, 2008). Oftentimes in the funk and grayness of our souls we become so mired in our own...  Read More
Sep. 26, 2011 3:38 am
Companies have to mitigate the risk of hiring the wrong temps Companies, very understandably, often have temporary employees work for them for a considerable period of time before deciding whether to hire them as “permanent” full-time employees, or not. Organizations need to mitigate the risk of hiring the wrong temp staffers on a “permanent” full-time basis as the costs of hiring the wrong...  Read More
Sep. 6, 2011 2:57 am
Companies Have to Walk a Fine Line Companies have to walk a fine line between the privileges they enjoy as having at-will employment at their disposal and compliance with state and federal laws. In the use of at-will as a means of dismissing employees, organizations must be very careful not to violate any state or federal employment laws. Too much governmental regulation most definitely...  Read More
Aug. 29, 2011 4:23 am
Quality feedback which empowers positive performance improvements should consist of six elements: 1) The positive aspects of the employee’s performance and the degree to which they (he/she) have made progress in their areas of weakness; 2) The areas of their performance that need improvement; 3) Advice and recommendations on how the worker can improve their performance; 4) The answering of...  Read More
Aug. 25, 2011 7:26 am
The willingness to make very difficult and risky decisions, when necessary, is one thing which distinguishes leaders from managers. This willingness became readily apparent in the years preceding World War II and in the “blood, sweat, and tears” shed in Britain during the War years. Neville Chamberlain served as Britain’s Prime Minister 1937-1940 and was much more of a national manager than he...  Read More
Aug. 24, 2011 3:28 am
People in any organization most especially resist change when it is brought about precipitously at the last minute without giving employees the opportunity to give their input concerning the change. This has quite often been the case with large corporations, over the past few years, who have laid people off, with little or no notice, which has proved devastating to not only those laid off but...  Read More
Aug. 17, 2011 2:42 am
Some 35-years ago the professorial missionary couple, Drs. Tom and Sue Brewster, of the U.S. Center for World Mission, in Pasadena, wrote a highly practical book entitled Language Acquisition Made Practical , or LAMP, which argues that the effective learning of a second or foreign language is primarily a social rather than an academic function. While not denying that formal language training, in...  Read More
Aug. 10, 2011 2:22 am
(Note--Dave Morse lived for about a year in Liberia as a younger man) Liberia Remains Deeply Divided Though it has changed somewhat over the years, Liberia has been deeply divided between Americo-Liberians who have traditionally been the ruling class and indigenous Liberians who have historically been subservient to Americo-Liberians and have served as the country's laboring class....  Read More
Aug. 8, 2011 3:14 am
In reality, there’s no such thing as a one-person team as no matter how gifted, creative, and diligent a person may be they (he/she) do not have all the answers and they have areas of weakness and knowledge which only other people on a team can compensate for and complement with strengths in those areas of weakness. While it is true that there are people who have consummate athletic ability or...  Read More
Aug. 5, 2011 1:54 am
The generous giving of our time, talent, or money at any time would do much to unshrivel the penury of our soul and could prove transformational to the lives of others in ways that we may not be able to imagine. An hour or two a week spent in assisting a child who struggles with reading could give him or her an insatiable appetite for learning that could change their (his or her) life forever....  Read More
Aug. 2, 2011 3:00 am
Presidential use of power and influence has manifested itself in many ways during the course of U.S. history. Some presidents have shown consummate attention to detail whereas others have exercised a much more panoramic or macroscopic style of leadership. Jimmy Carter, for example, has a very keen mind but became overly focused on the minutiae of the Presidency and, unfortunately, became a...  Read More
Jul. 30, 2011 1:53 am
Searching for the right personality for a given job opening and for the right personality in terms of fitting in with a company’s organizational culture, though important, has several attendant pitfalls. Interviews are not always the best way of gauging an applicant's personality and their (his/her) degree of being a good fit, or, of not being a good fit, for a given position. Interviewees,...  Read More
Jul. 27, 2011 2:19 am
The following adage is very true: “Doctors treat people, but nurses heal them.” In early 2004 I was serving as an English teacher in Japan but fell very seriously ill which required major surgery. I weighed the options of returning to the U.S. to have the surgery performed but it was very cost prohibitive to do so. As a result, I decided to have the surgery performed at Yokohama Sougou Byouin ...  Read More

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