RSA Animate creates a really interesting presentation on what motivates us in the workplace from an adaptation of Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA.
Posted by You+Dallas | November 20th, 2012 at 11:30 am
RSA Animate creates a really interesting presentation on what motivates us in the workplace from an adaptation of Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA.
Posted by You+Dallas | November 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Slate posted this article on Texas secession movement. Inside the article was this little gem.
“A few years ago, while conducting research for a novel I was writing about Lone Star politics, I discovered a short clause in the state’s 1845 annexation agreement that’s well known to any serious state historian, though far less well known to the average Texan. Buried beneath some highly boring details about how the republic’s resources were to be transferred to the federal government in Washington is language stipulating that “[n]ew States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution.”
With five different states, one would think the states of Texas would send eight Republican Senators and two Democratic Senators, for a net gain of 6 Republican seats. Go figure..
Posted by You+Dallas | November 18th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Posted by You+Dallas | October 26th, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Did we really not try to save our personnel at the U.S. Consulate? Fox News has broken a news report that sources who were on the ground in Benghazi, that requests for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials. It is worse than that. According to the report, outside military help was told to stand down. Really?
The reports also go on to say that military on the ground ignored orders and went on a rescue mission. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight. This calls into question everything we have heard from the Administration pertaining to this debacle.
Posted by You+Dallas | October 24th, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Politics hit a new low today when Donald Trump and Gloria Allred interjected themselves into the Presidential election.
Donald Trump has made an announcement to give $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choosing if he releases his school and passport records. A Massachusetts probate judge will hold another hearing Thursday before deciding whether to unseal testimony that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave in the divorce case of Staples founder Tom Stemberg.
Representing Ex-wife Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, Gloria Allred appeared in court Wednesday, agreeing to allow the Boston Globe’s motion to lift an impoundment order unsealing Romney’s testimony in the divorce case involving Staples founder, Tom Sternberg.
Both Allred and Trump are attempting to influence the outcome of the Presidential election in the last two weeks of the campaign. We can only surmise that Trump is attempting 1) to show that the President was a bad student, 2) the President’s records indicate he was not a U.S. Citizen, 3) the President traveled to some pretty bad countries, and 4) all of the above. We think Allred will say that Romney perjured himself or provided misleading or false testimony about Staples. It will be interesting to see if the testimony jives with the public record of statements made by the founder and Romney. Some say that both gentlemen sold stock in Staples for a value much higher than the value of the company discussed inside the courtroom. One would think that this disparity in value would have been discovered and dealt with long ago.
In our view, the election is about the Economy and unless there is stunning news here, people will see through the BS and move on.
Posted by Caitlin Clark | September 24th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Last week, YouPlus Dallas was honored to win the Dallas Observer’s ‘Best Dallas Website’ for a second year in a row. Recognition is always wonderful but being chosen for one of the Dallas Observer’s ‘Best Of’ awards is truly an honor as those involved with the process are sincerely invested in sharing what they love most about our city.
Joe Tone, editor at the Dallas Observer, said, “The news business can be very cynical. This is the one week a year where that cynicism (mostly) falls away and we just gush about our favorite things. It feels strange, but it feels good.”
The Observers ‘Best Of’ awards set themselves apart by not giving into the politics of voting, they simply observe their city and pick what they believe to be the best.
“We pile into a bar and start outlining categories and possible winners. We argue a little bit. We argue some more. And either
someone argues the best, or, in certain categories, we rely on the expert: the food critic for “Best Burger,” the theater critic for “Best Actor,” the bars and clubs editor for “Best New Bar.” It’s like Family Feud but without the cool music,” Tone said.
Another reason to be a proud recipient of a Dallas Observer ‘Best Of’ is the intense creativity and thought that goes into the process every year. They don’t simply honor the “Best Burger” or “Best Local Band,” they delve deep into the character of our city and find things both strange and unique to award, like “Best Grocery Store for Creepers” or “Best Happy Hour to Meet a (Hopefully) Single Businessman.”
“Usually that indicates that there was a place we wanted to celebrate that didn’t fit naturally into a category,” Tone said. “Best Place to Leave Your Toddler Unattended While You Have a Cocktail” is obviously not something we spent a lot of time debating. Someone clearly ditched their kid at Bookmarks, the library at the mall, and went for a mojito. Then they thought, Man, this is the best! And thus, a new category was born.”
Scroll through the Observer’s extensive and colorful categories to find out just exactly where is the “Best Place to Arm Oneself for the Coming Zombie Apocalypse” and discover the best of what Dallas has to offer.
Posted by You+Dallas | August 16th, 2012 at 10:51 am
They are everywhere, but we don’t usually see them—the nearly 300,000 of the 2.4 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are without work. That’s a 12% unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a veteran recently told us, “It’s like people say, ‘Thank you for your service . . . but don’t ask me for a job.’”
They deserve better. So this past spring at TiVo we filled a conference room with veterans on staff and said, “We’re not doing enough for people getting out of the military. Figure it out.” Those veterans of wars going back to Vietnam took 90 minutes to conceive and design a paid annual internship program for women and men just getting out of the military, or who have recently finished school after service.
The TiVo Summer Veterans Intern Program (TiVets) is based on two ideas. First: Since we have internships for college students, why not vets? Second, a résumé credential “buffer,” such as the internship, answers the critical question of whether a veteran can successfully transition to civilian employment.
We match each veteran with two mentors, one of them a veteran. The mentors, along with a college intern, keep tabs on the performance of the vets, and on any other issues that might arise. There haven’t been any.
Working with military bases and veterans groups near Silicon Valley, TiVo developed a list of more than 200 potential candidates for internships. Ten vets were eventually selected. Then our engineering and operations division connected the interns with the right positions. The first class of interns started in June.
We went into the experiment not expecting to hire any of the interns, but we will be hiring a number of them, and the line managers want to hire many more when positions become available.
The veterans adapted quickly to our corporate culture and in some cases brought military-type accountability to operations that had never looked to adopt that sort of discipline. They have proven their abilities and shown dedication and commitment. Those hired won’t need an extensive amount of time for training, as is necessary for most new employees.
A number of other companies do make efforts to support veterans, but unfortunately the current job market isn’t yielding a great deal of hiring. Yet an internship program like TiVo’s costs companies very little. It is the commitment to making it work that truly matters, giving a veteran that first step into the private sector that could lead to permanent employment.
Our first class of veteran interns included people who have traumatic brain injuries from improvised explosive devices and other physical disabilities. Some disclosed having low-level post-traumatic stress disorder. This is unsurprising: 25% of vets from the post-9/11 era are disabled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet the disabilities have not been a factor in the performance of our interns.
The interns themselves tell us that the program means a great deal to them. Many have experienced being turned down repeatedly for positions because their formal education didn’t match the rigid “check-the-box” approach of most companies, and they had no private-sector experience to offer. There is rarely a place on an application to talk about managing millions of dollars of equipment and dozens of people—or making crucial judgments under the pressure of conditions never experienced in the civilian workplace. These experiences matter to our company.
The most touching story we’ve heard came from a vet who came home from deployment in Afghanistan and was discharged last Christmas. She had never looked for a job and had no idea where to start. The Army was her career. She was, she said, at the end of her rope when the TiVo internship opportunity came along. Now her confidence is back and she knows how to talk the talk of Silicon Valley—she’s not speaking “military” anymore.
America has asked many men and women to protect the country while making huge sacrifices along the way. But when their military careers wrap up, they are often not trained adequately to change careers, and too few companies are making use of the tremendous life skills developed during combat tours.
We didn’t know what to expect from this program, so it is easy to say that it exceeded expectations. As our first class nears completion, we intend to maintain this program and certainly hope other companies will try their own versions. The veteran-intern program has done far more for both the veterans and TiVo than we ever expected.
Mr. Rogers is the CEO of TiVo Inc. Mr. Wolzien, a Vietnam veteran, is the lead independent director of TiVo’s board of directors.
Posted by You+Dallas | August 3rd, 2012 at 1:38 pm
The United States is stronger today because gay rights groups have the legal right to peacefully participate in National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A’s across the country. No matter what your position is on the definition of a marriage, freedom of speech and of expression is a vitally important element of our Constitution. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led Wednesday’s support for Chick fil-A’s CEO’s position on same sex marriage. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are supporting today’s National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A’s across the country.
Posted by You+Dallas | August 2nd, 2012 at 8:38 am
Former Governor Mike Huckabee created Chick fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday to support the company, its chief executive’s controversial stance on gay marriage, and most importantly, the right of free speech that is protected under the Constitution of the United States. The free speech controversy started when several politicians openly stated that they would block Chick fil-A from entering their markets based solely on the CEO’s position on what constitutes a marriage.
The response in Dallas and around the country has been remarkable. Thousands ate yesterday at Chick fil-A, waiting in long lines without complaint. Our wait was about 30 minutes.
GLADD is planning a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A” on Friday. Couples who disagree with Dan Cathey’s view on marriage are being encouraged to take a photo or video of couples kissing at a Chick fil-A store.
We believe strongly in free speech and so it was heart warming to see so many people turn out Wednesday to support the right to free speech. We will also support GLADD’s right to express their views in opposition, and will join in on Friday’s event.
We also support the Jim Henson Company’s right to cancel a contract that supplies toys in the chain’s kids’ meals because of Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay marriage stance. Like consumers, companies have the freedom (thankfully) to do business with whom they choose.
Posted by You+Dallas | July 29th, 2012 at 11:53 am
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a major policy speech in Jerusulem today. We thought that Al Jazeera reporter Cal Perry set the stage for this speech with his video report that is provided below. In his report, he quotes Romney, ”Like you, we are very concerned about the development of nuclear capabilities on the part of Iran and feel it is unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear-armed nation,” in a statement made in a meeting President Shimon Peres on Sunday.
Candidate Mitt Romney has staked his foreign policy position with Israel, but maybe as importantly for the election, the Romney campaign has created the key words that will be used in promoting his foreign policy. In a CBS interview, Romney often referred to President Reagan’s foreign policy strategy. He said his foreign policy would be guided by “intellect, resolve and clarity of purpose.”
Romney does not trust Iran’s intentions and believes the country is “testing our moral defenses”. Romneyand clearly supports Israel’s right to defend their country. We provide a transcript of the speech below which we took from a Fox article.
Thank you for that kind introduction, Mayor Barkat, and thank you all for that warm welcome. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be in Israel again.
To step foot into Israel is to step foot into a nation that began with an ancient promise made in this land. The Jewish people persisted through one of the most monstrous crimes in human history, and now this nation has come to take its place among the most impressive democracies on earth. Israel’s achievements are a wonder of the modern world.
These achievements are a tribute to the resilience of the Israeli people. You have managed, against all odds, time and again throughout your history, to persevere, to rise up, and to emerge stronger.
The historian Paul Johnson, writing on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state, said that over the course of Israel’s life, 100 completely new independent states had come into existence. “Israel is the only one whose creation can fairly be called a miracle,” Johnson wrote.
It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Our two nations are separated by more than 5,000 miles. But for an American abroad, you can’t get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel. We’re part of the great fellowship of democracies. We speak the same language of freedom and justice, and the right of every person to live in peace. We serve the same cause and provoke the same hatreds in the same enemies of civilization.
It is my firm conviction that the security of Israel is in the vital national security interest of the United States. And ours is an alliance based not only on shared interests but also on enduring shared values.
In those shared values, one of the strongest voices is that of your prime minister, my friend Benjamin Netanyahu. I met with him earlier this morning and I look forward to my family joining his this evening as they observe the close of this fast day of Tisha B’Av.
It’s remarkable to consider how much adversity, over so great a span of time, is recalled by just one day on the calendar. This is a day of remembrance and mourning, but like other such occasions, it also calls forth clarity and resolve.
At this time, we also remember the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were massacred at the Munich Olympics forty years ago. Ten years ago this week, 9 Israeli and American students were murdered in the terrorist attack at Hebrew University. And tragedies like these are not reserved to the past. They are a constant reminder of the reality of hate, and the will with which it is executed upon the innocent.
It was Menachem Begin who said this about the Ninth of the month of Av: “We remember that day,” he said, “and now have the responsibility to make sure that never again will our independence be destroyed and never again will the Jew become homeless or defenseless.” “This,” Prime Minister Begin added, “is the crux of the problems facing us in the future.”
So it is today, as Israel faces enemies who deny past crimes against the Jewish people and seek to commit new ones.
When Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust or speak of wiping this nation off the map, only the naïve – or worse – will dismiss it as an excess of rhetoric. Make no mistake: the ayatollahs in Tehran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object, and who will look the other way.
My message to the people of Israel and the leaders of Iran is one and the same: I will not look away; and neither will my country. As Prime Minister Begin put it, in vivid and haunting words, “if an enemy of [the Jewish] people says he seeks to destroy us, believe him.”
We have seen the horrors of history. We will not stand by. We will not watch them play out again.
It would be foolish not to take Iran’s leaders at their word. They are, after all, the product of a radical theocracy.
Over the years Iran has amassed a bloody and brutal record. It has seized embassies, targeted diplomats, and killed its own people. It supports the ruthless Assad regime in Syria. They have provided weapons that have killed American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has plotted to assassinate diplomats on American soil. It is Iran that is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and the most destabilizing nation in the world.
We have a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.
We should stand with all who would join our effort to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran – and that includes Iranian dissidents. Do not erase from your memory the scenes from three years ago, when that regime brought death to its own people as they rose up. The threat we face does not come from the Iranian people, but from the regime that oppresses them.
Five years ago, at the Herzliya Conference, I stated my view that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons capability presents an intolerable threat to Israel, to America, and to the world.
That threat has only become worse.
Now as then, the regime’s claims that it seeks to enrich nuclear material for peaceful purposes are belied by years of malign deceptions.
Now as then, the conduct of Iran’s leaders gives us no reason to trust them with nuclear material.
But today, the regime in Iran is five years closer to developing nuclear weapons capability. Preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority.
I want to pause on this last point. It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from securing nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war.
The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers. History teaches with force and clarity that when the world’s most despotic regimes secure the world’s most destructive weapons, peace often gives way to oppression, to violence, or to devastating war.
We must not delude ourselves into thinking that containment is an option. We must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability. We should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. We recognize Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with you.
These are some of the principles I first outlined five years ago. What was timely then has become urgent today.
Let me turn from Iran to other nations in the Middle East, where we have seen rising tumult and chaos. To the north, Syria is on the brink of a civil war. The dictator in Damascus, no friend to Israel and no friend to America, slaughters his own people as he desperately clings to power.
Your other neighbor to the north, Lebanon, is under the growing and dangerous influence of Hezbollah.
After a year of upheaval and unrest, Egypt now has an Islamist President, chosen in a democratic election. Hopefully, this new government understands that one true measure of democracy is how those elected by the majority respect the rights of those in the minority. The international community must use its considerable influence to ensure that the new government honors the peace agreement with Israel that was signed by the government of Anwar Sadat.
As you know only too well, since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, thousands of rockets have rained on Israeli homes and cities. I have walked on the streets of Sderot, and honor the resolve of its people. And now, new attacks have been launched from the Sinai Peninsula.
With Hezbollah rockets aimed at Israel from the north, and Hamas rockets aimed from the south, with much of the Middle East in tumult, and with Iran bent on nuclear arms, America’s vocal and demonstrated commitment to the defense of Israel is even more critical. Whenever the security of Israel is most in doubt, America’s commitment to Israel must be most secure.
When the decision was before him in 1948, President Harry Truman decided without hesitation that the United States would be the first country to recognize the State of Israel. From that moment to this, we have been the most natural of allies, but our alliance runs deeper than the designs of strategy or the weighing of interests.
The story of how America – a nation still so new to the world by the standards of this ancient region – rose up to become the dear friend of the people of Israel is among the finest and most hopeful in our nation’s history.
Different as our paths have been, we see the same qualities in one another. Israel and America are in many respects reflections of one another.
We both believe in democracy, in the right of every people to select their leaders and choose their nation’s course.
We both believe in the rule of law, knowing that in its absence, willful men may incline to oppress the weak.
We both believe that our rights are universal, granted not by government but by our Creator.
We both believe in free enterprise, because it is the only economic system that has lifted people from poverty, created a large and enduring middle class, and inaugurated incomparable achievements and human flourishing.
As someone who has spent most of his life in business, I am particularly impressed with Israel’s cutting edge technologies and thriving economy. We recognize yours as the “start-up nation” – and the evidence is all around us.
You have embraced economic liberty. You export technology, not tyranny or terrorism. And today, your innovators and entrepreneurs have made the desert bloom and have made for a better world. The citizens of our countries are fortunate to share in the rewards of economic freedom and in the creativity of our entrepreneurs. What you have built here, with your own hands, is a tribute to your people, and a model for others.
Finally, we both believe in freedom of expression, because we are confident in our ideas and in the ability of men and women to think for themselves. We do not fear open debate. If you want to hear some very sharp criticisms of Israel and its policies, you don’t have to cross any borders. All you have to do is walk down the street and into a café, where you’ll hear people reasoning, arguing, and speaking their mind. Or pick up an Israeli newspaper – you’ll find some of the toughest criticism of Israel you’ll read anywhere. Your nation, like ours, is stronger for this energetic exchange of ideas and opinions.
That is the way it is in a free society. There are many millions of people in the Middle East who would cherish the opportunity to do the same. These decent men and women desire nothing more than to live in peace and freedom and to have the opportunity to not only choose their government but to criticize it openly, without fear of repression or repercussion.
I believe that those who oppose these fundamental rights are on the wrong side of history. But history’s march can be ponderous and painfully slow. We have a duty to speed and shape history by being unapologetic ambassadors for the values we share.
The United States and Israel have shown that we can build strong economies and strong militaries. But we must also build strong arguments that advance our values and promote peace. We must work together to change hearts and awaken minds through the power of freedom, free enterprise and human rights.
I believe that the enduring alliance between the State of Israel and the United States of America is more than a strategic alliance: it is a force for good in the world. America’s support of Israel should make every American proud. We should not allow the inevitable complexities of modern geopolitics to obscure fundamental touchstones. No country or organization or individual should ever doubt this basic truth: A free and strong America will always stand with a free and strong Israel.
And standing by Israel does not mean with military and intelligence cooperation alone.
We cannot stand silent as those who seek to undermine Israel, voice their criticisms. And we certainly should not join in that criticism. Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries.
By history and by conviction, our two countries are bound together. No individual, no nation, no world organization, will pry us apart. And as long as we stay together and stand together, there is no threat we cannot overcome and very little that we cannot achieve.
Thank you all. May God bless America, and may He bless and protect the Nation of Israel.