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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I'm going to speak to an accounting class at UH tomorrow (University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business). Hopefully I will be more engaging than just standing in front of the room pontificating. Although I think I would look pretty good in a Pope's hat.

Shirely Daniel (Professor, PhD, all around good egg) invited me to speak to her senior level (undergrad) management accounting class. I do have a degree in accounting, although that's not what I do. But looking at the sample of materials she's sent me, the class is more about good business than just a narrow view of accounting.

The class includes discussions of Lean and Supply Chain Management as these topics relate to the accounting function. This is right up my alley, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Touch Me!

Touch rugby at Ke'ehi Lagoon Park.

Saturday, 9:30 am

Ke'ehi Lagoon Park is by the Honolulu Airport, on Lagoon Drive.

Now the sad part - I'm not sure where my boots are! Not that having proper boots would affect my performance in any way. When you move as slow as I do, cleats don't make that much difference. More sad parts - I'm not sure if I can even make it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fresh Air (Times Square!)

You're not famous or important until you've been interviewed by Terry Gross.

I'm waiting for her call. Does she have my number?

Do ya wanna Touch me?

Apparently there was a touch rugby tournament or some games last weekend. I have no other news except this link to some pictures in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Someone please tell me when and where the touch games are happening.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Da Plan, Da Plan!

There was a very good discussion on Strategic Planning today on HPR's weekly program, Business of the Arts. Listen to this discussion here.

It was one of the better discussions and explanations of Strategic Planning that I've heard. The program's focus is non-profit arts organizations, but business is business and many of the topics are relevant to any business. Especially so with today's discussion.

I would have added a few points, but the only thing I felt was really lacking was a discussion of a Performance Measurement System that will keep the plan on track and keep everyone aligned with the goals defined in the Strategic Plan.

A very good show, though, and well worth a listen.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Women's Rugby World Cup

If you have not watched any of the Women's Rugby World Cup games, you are missing out on some of the best rugby you'll ever see. I am impressed with the skill and talent of these women, and I have enjoyed watching these exciting and highly entertaining games. They are tough and they hit hard, but they also play a much more skill based game than what I see from the men. Ball handling, rucking and mauling, open field running - all top notch.

Watch full games online at the Women's World Cup site. Go to the Video page.

For a great re-cap of the final between New Zealand and England, take a look at Tom Fordyce's Blog.

The final game was really something. After watching New Zealand play a couple of matches I thought there would be no way that anyone could beat them. It was a nail biter though. England are tough and talented, and they pushed New Zealand to the limits.

I didn't watch enough games to make really knowledgeable picks, but from what I saw there were a few standouts, especially in the New Zealand (known as the Black Ferns) and England squads. I also don't know many of the women's names, shame on me.

Carla Hohepa (14, Black Ferns) - Top scorer in the tournament, and you can see why when she runs. Amazing. She couldn't have done it without fantastic support from the rest of the team, especially the rest of the back line.

New Zealand's Hooker, Fiao'o Fa'amausili I believe. Outstanding.

England's strong side Flanker (#7), possibly the best player in the tournament. She's got more talent in her big toe than I have in my whole body. Fun to watch her play.

England's Scrum Half (#9). She doesn't fit the look of a scrum half, but what does that matter (or mean, even) when you play that well.

Touch Rugby in Hawaii

The Hawaii Union is putting together touch rugby for fun and fitness. Starting September 11th there will be teams of men, women, and mixed. I am assured that there will be opportunities for old, slow people, should we feel the need to embarrass ourselves in public.

From Ma'afu "David" Wendt:

ALOHA to ALL the MEMBERS of RUGBY HAWAII UNION, Sialofi, Jope, Peni, Dan and myself is setting up a Touch League to start September 11th.

Fields to be announced. This league will have womens/youth/mens and co ed.

For fitness and preparation for the League games in January, we will add a 7's and possibly

a 10 man game before the season.

Please contact Lofi if you have a team.

It sounds like fun!