Opinion Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/opinion/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:45:51 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb It’s Time to “Dump the Duds” http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/its-time-to-dump-the-duds Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, PhD
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

When it comes to business development, we all want to have as many clients as possible, right? This thinking is especially prevalent in difficult, challenging, and uncertain economic times. We spend much of our time communicating in sales meetings pitching as hard as possible to prospective clients. We follow up over the phone, via e-mail, and any other way we can, trying to get prospects to sign on the dotted line so we can add them to our client list.

I understand this thinking. I’ve lived it. As the executive producer of a highly entrepreneurial public television production company constantly seeking underwriters to support our programming, as well as with our leadership development firm Stand & Deliver, I’m often chasing prospects. However, according to my friend and colleague, Michael Port, the author of “Book Yourself Solid,” this approach to business is often counterproductive.

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Commentary Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:28:27 +0000
We Allow Government the Right to Shortchange the People http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/we-allow-government-the-right-to-shortchange-the-people JOE_SINAGRA_NEW_optBY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

NJ Spotlight had a recent article, titled “Why New Jersey Got Billions Less Than New York in FEMA Disaster Aid after Sandy,” got my wheels turning and I settled on my own answer.

For every $1 paid to the Internal Revenue Service, New Jersey receives approximately 68 cents back, a mere federal pittance, ranking the state 48th in the nation for getting a return on its dollar. New Jersey residents and businesses paid nearly $37 billion more in federal taxes than the government sent back up I-95 to the state in 2013.

It’s another share-the-wealth scam. Because residents of this state are deemed wealthier than, say, Mississippi residents, the citizens of the Garden State pay more to account for other U.S. citizens that are considered poverty stricken. The state of Mississippi receives $4.89 in federal spending for every $1 it paid in taxes. The less New Jersey gets back, the higher state and local taxes rise, thereby forcing more of its own residents to live below the poverty level. Vicious cycle? You bet.

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Commentary Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:33:44 +0000
Trump . . . Running the Illegal Gauntlet http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/trump-running-the-illegal-gauntlet joe_optBY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

I’m not sure if you read this, but Republican Senator Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), called on the Maricopa County Republican Party to disinvite Donald Trump ahead of Saturday’s massive 15,000 supporter-strong rally in Phoenix.

“Donald Trump’s views are coarse, ill-informed and inaccurate, and they are not representative of the Republican Party, as an elected Republican official, I’m disappointed the county party would host a speaker that so damages the party’s image,” Flake told the mainstream press.

Damage?

That’s rich. Want to hear the truth, Senator? You’re a fake and a fraud for having continued to put your head in the sand as your state and its citizens are subject to the repercussions of illegal immigration.

Check out the numbers.

Statewide, the illegal alien population makes up at least 46 percent of Arizona’s total foreign-born population (856,663) and 6% of the state’s total population. Nearly half (47%) of all illegal border crossings into the U.S. occur along the Arizona border with Mexico.

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Commentary Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:11:41 +0000
Donald Trump: Notoriety is NOT Leadership http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/donald-trump-notoriety-is-not-leadership Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, PhD
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I appeared on CNN recently, offering commentary on the 2016 Presidential Campaign. During this segment, I was asked to explain the inexplicable success Donald Trump is having in recent polls of Republican voters. This is after Trump made off-the-wall and reprehensible comments talking about Mexican immigrants coming to the US, calling some of them “rapists” as well as those that “bring crime.” (Trump said he assumed some of them were good people.)

As usual, Trump offered no documented proof of his outlandish comments, yet, it clearly had some appeal to a certain segment of the Republican electorate. It’s a funny thing about Donald Trump – he says whatever comes into his mind at a given moment but, rarely, is what he says accurate. (Trump insisted a while back that President Obama wasn’t a US citizen without a shred of proof for such an absurd charge against the leader of our country.) And when pressured, he virtually never takes responsibility or apologizes. He did neither in the case of his comments on Mexican immigrants even though he has been roundly criticized by all quarters; including, most recently, Republican challenger Jeb Bush.

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Commentary Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:15:16 +0000
Which Leadership Mistakes Are You Making? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/which-leadership-mistakes-are-you-making Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, Ph.D.
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All leaders make mistakes, but it is a leader’s ability to admit mistakes, and more importantly, learn from them, that matters. Following are a few common leadership mistakes many of us make:

* Being too “hands off.” Of course we want to delegate specific tasks and functions. But some leaders become so removed from their teams operations that they lose touch. These leaders have little idea about the productivity or effectiveness of team members, and therefore, are in no position to provide coaching or feedback as to how these employees can improve.

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Commentary Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:29:28 +0000
The High Cost of Knowledge http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/the-high-cost-of-knowledge joe_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

You may have heard that students are refusing to repay their federal student loans as part of a protest designed to pressure the government into forgiving their debt.

The problem? College graduates and students who default on their loans can lose their paychecks, tax refunds, or a portion of their Social Security benefits further down the road. Not paying back that debt can also ruin their credit, making it difficult to buy a house, car or even land a job. Interestingly, a large percentage of these Federal loans are encumbering seniors. Around 3 percent of U.S. households that are headed by a senior citizen now hold federal student debt, comprised largely of debt they took on to finance their own educations according to the GAO.

These are people who went to college, earned a degree and made decent money during their careers.

Graduates who earned master’s degree years ago have seen their finances dwindle away by illness, divorce, the cost of raising children, the housing bust, and the economic downturn and now want their loans forgiven because they can’t afford to pay them. The GAO report goes on to say that “as the baby boomers continue to move into retirement, the number of older Americans with defaulted loans will only continue to increase.”

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Commentary Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:34:38 +0000
Are You Asking the Right Questions? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/are-you-asking-the-right-questions Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, Ph.D.
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

People are obsessed with coming up with the right answers to difficult problems and challenges in the workplace. In school, students are taught to come up with the correct answers in order to get a good grade. Clearly, answers are important, but so are questions. Too often we ignore the value of asking smart, probing, engaging questions. All kinds of leaders, including lawyers, teachers, doctors and yes, journalists, depend heavily on questions to do their jobs.

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Commentary Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:29:24 +0000
N.J. Supreme Court Ruling Raises the Ire of State Legislators http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/nj-supreme-court-ruling-raises-the-ire-of-state-legislators Sal_img_photo_opt_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY SALVATORE PIZZURO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on public pension payments raised the ire of members of the State Legislature on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Three years ago, the Legislature made a deal with Governor Christie to overhaul the pension system in the name of “Reform”. Cost of Living Adjustments were eliminated, along with an increase in the portion of funds to be provided by public workers. However, the Governor failed to comply with his part of the bargain by refusing to provide full Pension Payments toward the State’s agreed upon portion of responsibility.

Originally, Governor Christy called the agreement a “successful bi-partisan” solution. Now, he refers to the plan that he conceived as “unconstitutional.”

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Commentary Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:06:27 +0000
How Do You Ignite Passion in Your People? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/how-do-you-ignite-passion-in-your-people Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, Ph.D.
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COMMENTARY/OPINION

Motivating and engaging employees is always a challenge for any leader. Recently, I conducted a series of seminars on this topic, and after engaging hundreds of managers and leaders, here are some tips and tools that should help you pump up your people.

* Give employees challenging responsibilities that test their leadership potential. Expect more from your people than they expect from themselves. Great leaders push their people. They are constantly being creative by coming up with new projects and assignments that may make team members a little bit uneasy, but at the same time drive them to get outside of their comfort zone and achieve great things. This approach will definitely keep them engaged.

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Commentary Wed, 03 Jun 2015 03:36:33 +0000
Tom Brady Deflates His Credibility http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/tom-brady-deflates-his-credibility Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_optBY STEVE ADUBATO, PhD
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OPINION/COMMENTARY

The NFL recently handed down its punishment to the Patriots and reigning Super Bowl MVP, Tom Brady, for the deflation of footballs used in the AFC Championship Game, as well as for Brady’s lack of cooperation with the NFL. The punishment includes a four game suspension for Brady and a $1 million fine to the Patriots in addition to two docked draft picks.

Tom Brady, of course, is appealing this decision, refusing to take responsibility for his involvement. Further, his lawyer has trashed the report and its author, respected attorney Ted Wells, claiming the whole investigation was a set up from the beginning. That’s bad enough. But what bothers me more is the clear lack of accountability Brady displayed following the release of the NFL Wells report. He ducked and giggled and delivered a glib and totally ineffective response to the conclusion that he, most likely, knew that the New England Patriots lower level “staff” were deflating footballs to Brady’s liking in the AFC Championship game - clearly violating the rules.

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Commentary Tue, 26 May 2015 18:40:48 +0000