Thoughts About TMS…

As I sit here, working in the Training Management System assigning classes and courses, I amstruck with an idea I would love to see incorporated. Many times we come across an employee, that due to a specific task they do within the agency, particular work experience or education is not required to take a particular training, although it may be one required based on job title.  Perhaps when doing an “old certification” I would love to see a check box and text feild available  that would allow us to designated an employee for a particular training, with a space for the reason that employee would be exempt.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:33+00:00October 31st, 2012|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on Thoughts About TMS…

61 Days Out

Last night, the Democratic National Convention nominated President Barak Obama to be their nominee for President in the 2012 election. More so than any time in recent history, the United States is at a crossroads. Consider the budget cuts occurring at the state level in most states. What is at stake? Public Education, jobs, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, heath care reform. Who is best suited to lead this country for the next four years and position this country to be a leader in the 21st century? I suppose you think I am going to tell you who you need to vote for at this point. I’m not. I expect that people will do their own research and come to their own conclusions about what is best for this country. The important thing is that you are engaged and informed in the political process. To help, I have included 2 speeches; 1 from the RNC last week and 1 from the DNC this week.

First lets look at the Paul Ryan speech from last week:

Paul Ryan RNC Speech

And former President, Bill Clinton:

Bill Clinton DNC Speech

On your way to making up your mind yet? Okay, here are 2 more…

Clint Eastwood (actor, director and former mayor) 2012 RNC

Sandra Fluke (2012 law School graduate, advocate) 2012 DNC

This gives you a great snapshot of the platform and the base.

This is just a primer to get you started. A few tips to become politically literate:

1. Watch the news- from more than just one source.

2. Do let the truth and facts inform your judgement

3. Register to vote now! Wait too long as you wont be able to cast your ballot in the 2012 election

 

 

By |2016-11-03T10:15:34+00:00September 6th, 2012|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on 61 Days Out

St. Louis Doesn’t Disappoint

 

Picture of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

 

As I was thinking about what I would post this month, several ideas came to mind. Eventually, I settled on sharing a recent trip to St. Louis. As a destination, the St. Louis area has a lot to offer. It has great attractions, a bustling downtown, and a vibrant nightlife. That said, what I realized is that it is the company you keep that shapes the memories.  In March, I received a piece of mail in an iridescent ivory envelope; clearly a wedding invitation.  Within weeks, several friends from around the country were talking about making the trip.  It is a strange thing that connects people to one another- varying interests, careers, and personalities that gel.  One of the great things about true friends; when you reconnect, it’s as simple as taking another step.  That Saturday, prior to the nuptials we were all able to gather at a vineyard for lunch. Sitting outside, taking in the fresh air and rolling hills, we reconnected. Reminiscing about old times and updating each other on recent events. All while enjoying a great meal and a few glasses of vino. It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

 

Picture of Joe Pendergast

 

What’s the moral? It is too easy to get wrapped up in the day to day. Once that wheel starts spinning, we frequently lose sight of the truly important things; family, friends, and community.

Take a few minutes in the next day or so to reach out and say hello to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.

 

 

“My father always used
to say that when you die,
if you’ve got five real friends,
then you’ve had a great life.”
Lee Iacocca

 

By |2016-11-03T10:15:39+00:00June 29th, 2012|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|1 Comment

New York Takes Steps to Ensure Protections

Picture of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo recently took steps to enact legislation that would strengthen protections for the state’s most vunerable citizens. The Governor’s proposal would require the establishment of an agency charged with monitoring and enforcing laws in place to protect individuals with developmental and other disabilities.

The full article can be found here!

 

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Are you ready for PROMOTE?

March is in full swing. In New York, this means that the first round of PROMOTE regional trainings are also well underway. Having had the opportunity to participate in the Rochester regional training, I am looking forward to implementing this new approach in Western New York. PROMOTE, which stands for Positive Relationships Offer More Opportunities To Everyone; is replacing the current, SCIP-R (Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention); which has been the standard in NY since the 90s. Although a bit longer than SCIP, PROMOTE stands head and shoulders above it’s predecessor. As Newton once said, “…on the shoulders of giants.” It is only because of the vision and dedication of those that have helped shape the field, that we can see our way.

By |2012-03-28T12:55:04+00:00March 28th, 2012|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on Are you ready for PROMOTE?

Cortland Regional Conference

The Cortland Conference is just a few days away. I will be presenting 2 sessions on TMS. Hope to meet some new THERAP users, and attach some faces to the names of those I have already met.

Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.

                       ~Dan Rather
 
Ciao!
By |2011-11-07T15:09:40+00:00November 7th, 2011|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|1 Comment

Greetings

What to write about? As I sit here staring at the blank screen in front of me; I find myself perplexed, struggling for a topic to blog about. In the end, I decided the best way to start this blog was to introduce myself and get some feedback. I am the Staff Development Coordinator for my agency. As you might expect, my focus in THERAP is the Training Management System.

I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and perspectives in future blogs. If anyone has something specific they would like me to touch on, please let me know.

Pace e bene

“Where we stand depends on where we sit.”
~Stephan R. Covey

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