The Circuit


Adm. Eric Olson on wisdom from Jimmy Buffett

During a keynote presentation at the FOSE Conference, Adm. Eric Olson, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, projected an image of a painting showing prehistoric people gathered around a campfire. The painting was “The Storyteller,” by Martin Pate.

“It reminds me that no man should tell another man’s stories,” he said. “Jimmy Buffett says, don’t try to describe a KISS concert if you’ve never seen one.”

It may seem incongruous for a decorated four-star admiral to talk about the garish rock band and the laconic folk/rock singer, but he’s right. The sentiment about the need to experience KISS before talking about it is drawn from the lyrics to Jimmy Buffett’s song “Mañana.”

Olson also projected a slide showing five military personnel dressed in various kinds of combat gear --  fatigues, a flight suit, camouflage.

“This looks like a scene from the Wizard of Oz,” he said in leading up the point the slide makes. “Or a Village People concert.”

Posted by Michael Hardy on Apr 05, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Line of sight: A buzzword defined

Scott Cameron, senior vice president at R3 Government Solutions, advised an audience at FOSE to create "lines of sight" in organizations so that all employees understand how their work contributes to the organization's mission.

To illustrate the point, he told a story about President John F. Kennedy visiting a NASA facility after the race to reach the moon had begun.  Encountering a janitor, Kennedy asked what his job was.

"I'm here to put a man on the moon," the janitor said.

"Now that's a line of sight," Cameron said. "He's there to put a man on the moon, not to sweep the floor."

It's an old story, one that's been incorporated into business speeches time and again to illustrate principles of self-worth and inspired employees. It may be apocryphal. But it is a good one.

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments


Jim Ghiloni takes over new GSA program

Jim Ghiloni is the new head of the General Services Administration’s Integrations, a new professional services contract.

Steve Kempf, FAS commissioner, said Ghiloni has the experience to oversee the contract. He has been both program manager for the Alliant governmentwide IT acquisition contract and director of business operations for the Assisted Acquisition Service.

“Having both built the premier GWAC and been its number-one customer, makes Jim uniquely well qualified to lead tomorrow’s premier professional services vehicle for GSA,” Kempf said..

Ghiloni will take over for Lisa Maguire, who has been the program manager since the launch of Integrations. She has been developing the ideas behind the contract, often blogging about her ideas.

Maguire will still be at GSA, but working in another capacity, an agency spokeswoman said.

Officials are still in the early stages of the acquisition process for Integrations, but it will be a multiple-agency indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for commercial and non-commercial services. It will include program management and consulting services, among others.

More importantly, GSA is designing the contract vehicle to address needs for professional services that span several types of services that are often difficult to specify or quantify before making an award.

 

Posted by FCW Staff on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments