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John Klossner's Ink Tank

PowerPoint: Your guide to loving it, hating it or leaving it


Klossner kitten



* It beats working

* You can pick up subtleties in the 254th PowerPoint presentation that you may have overlooked in the 253rd

* You like the cartoons

[Note: Include directions to article on PP addiction]


* It puts you to sleep

* The snoring of those around you prevents you from sleeping

* You have seen so many PowerPoint presentations that you are unable to read to your children unless "The Cat in the Hat" is bulleted



Posted by John Klossner on Nov 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM1 comments

Federal vs. corporate pay scales: A cartoonist tries to sort it all out

Principles of economics

The heading to my blog posts on fcw.com says "FCW cartoonist John Klossner." I am not sure whether this is to warn the reader not to take the following too seriously or that the linked piece will be entertaining, but I get the feeling that I can't win either way.

It was with this in mind that I approached the topic of federal employee salaries. There has been a tempest recently over whether federal employees -- especially in light of current economic issues -- are being paid more than corporate workers. People have argued about the validity of the various studies, about whether you can compare a federal middle manager to their counterpart in the private sector, and about whether federal employees are generally a better educated community than the private sector at large. I thought that this was the opportunity to rise above my cartoonist's ghetto and offer some real substance.


Posted by John Klossner on Oct 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM57 comments

Note to feds: Go forth and fail!

Monty PythonThomas Edison said a lot of things about failure. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work," Edison said. "Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless," he also said. "Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure," is another Edison quote. And, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison had pages and pages of quotes about failure. In fact, he may have said "I've made 10,000 quotes about failure that didn't make sense" but, unfortunately, that was one of them.

There has been much discussion about the "culture of fear" in the federal workplace, that fear being failure. This fear prevents personnel from trying new methods, as any failure results in consequences. This creates a mixed message: In a world where technologies and strategies change every 13 seconds, we are looking for new ways to communicate, new ways to work and new ways to do the job, but we are told not to screw it up. Heck, I make mistakes opening new jars of peanut butter (How do you get that paper off in one piece?).


Posted by John Klossner on Oct 07, 2010 at 12:19 PM7 comments

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