Where do I find God?

Almost every week, I make the long, and very lonely drive from my home in La Quinta, to the City of El Centro so that I can teach adult students in Business, Marketing, and Leadership.  Over the past few years, I have marveled at the beauty of the desert and of the Salton Sea.  I have wondered if this was the type of landscape that awaited the ancient Hebrews in their exodus from Egypt.  Is this a similar landscape to that which our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Apostles walked, during the first century A.D.  Certainly, as the sun is setting, and you look out over the Salton Sea, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of God’s creation.

But you also can’t help the comparison to the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. All around, you find Palms, Dates, Figs, and Citrus of every type.  Grapes for both the table and for fermenting into wine grow in abundance.  The sea itself, is a source of food (all varieties of Saltwater Fish), recreation, and healing.  The environment, although harsh, provides everything necessary for the sustenance and propagation of human life.

So let me ask all of you the obvious question, Should the Salton Sea be protected as a symbol of Judeo/Christian history?  The Salton Sea has existed for millennia.  It originally was a part of what we now call the Gulf of California.  Then, for the past 1000 years or so, known as Lake Cahuilla after the Colorado River dredged out enough material to create a sand bar between the ocean and the inland sea.  The Salton Sea, as we now know it, is dying.  A symbol of the neglect and inefficiency of the Federal, State, and local governments to decide how to protect this incredible resource.

I have a plan, but it is a plan that needs the backing of the local residents, as well as the residents of much of Southern California.  A plan to restore the Salton Sea, to provide clean energy, and to ensure a sustainable water supply to millions.  If you would like to hear my plan, please let me know.

This post was inspired by an article by Susanna Spencer in the National Catholic Register.

Kevin

Leadership in Action 003

An acquaintance on another platform (Twitter) asked why I was always posting quotes from others, rather than posting some of the things that I teach in my own classroom.  I honestly had to think about it for a few minutes.  Then it dawned on me, I wasn’t using my own quotes, my own education, and my own experiences, because I didn’t want to appear arrogant.  Yet, at the same time, I have studied and applied leadership theory for over 20 years in my personal life, and I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership for the past decade.  Certainly, I must have something to say on the subject?  After some further thought, I realized, yes… the reason that I started studying leadership was because of my personal belief in a lack of real leadership in our nation, and in the past 20 years I have been able to apply what I have learned both in the classroom, and in the business world, to challenge old, tired ideas and to advance a vision of a better world for all of us.

What does your logo say about you?

Whether you are developing your personal brand, or your company brand, your Logo will send a strong message to both your clients and your competitors.  For those of you that have studied persuasion, there are 3 types:  Ethos, The Ethical Appeal; Pathos, The Emotional (think passionate) Appeal; and Logos, the Logical Appeal. Your logo should embrace one or more of these forms of persuasion.  Additionally, most long-standing Logos are relatively simple.  Think about Google, McDonald’s, Dell, Coca-Cola, Apple, Target, and dozens of others.  All easily recognizable and identified with a specific brand. Our logo hearkens back to the 1984 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan, “It’s Morning in America.” The golden sun, rising above the mountains signaling a start of a new day, and new opportunities.

Please let me know what you think.  I appreciate all feedback.

Arivitas Strategies’ Mission

A Mission Statement is a public declaration of how you, your firm, or organization are going to achieve the Organizational Vision.  If your firm doesn’t have a clear Vision of the future, and a Mission Statement to achieve the Vision, then it’s time to take a step back and reassess your reasons for being in business.  A company without a clear direction and purpose is akin to driving a car on Interstate 10, heading east at 80 miles an hour, looking for a beautiful sunset.  While you are making a lot of progress, you are heading the wrong direction, and will never achieve your goals.

Stop the (WATER) INSANITY!

This is an open letter to President Trump, California’s Republican Representatives, John Cox (Republican Candidate for Governor), and all other elected and appointed officials who have not gone complete insane over global climate change and water in California…

It’s time to STOP THE INSANITY! Liberal Democrats, from Gov. Jerry Brown on down, are hell bent on destroying the California Economy, our way of life, and our ability to maintain healthful communities by further restricting water use in the state.  Prior to the introduction of AB 1668, the California Legislature had already reduced the availability of water to the point where many of our Farms, Construction Firms, and Recreation Companies were forced out of business.  Now, the State Legislature wants to limit your ability to shower, wash clothes, cook, or even drink water, all because of the abject failure of every administration since Jerry Brown Jr’s first term in office (in the 1970’s) to expand the States ability to capture, treat, and deliver water to an increasingly thirsty and growing population.

Now, rather than developing new resources (HEY, Jerry, you see that big blue ocean to the west?), Jerry and the Progressives want the California people to further conserve water.  This is at the same time we are committed to building a low-speed choo-choo to nowhere at a cost of $200+ BILLION.  A choo-choo that no one wants, no one needs, and no one will ride (HEY Jerry, you ever hear of hi-speed Airplanes?).  For 10% of the cost of the choo-choo to nowhere, California Coastal Cities and Counties could build ten Desalination Plants along to coast to provide fresh, clean, uninterrupted water to 6 MILLION Southern California residents.  No more droughts, no more rationing, no more conservation for all of San Diego and Orange Counties.  And here is the BONUS! By building these desalination plants (1 approximately every 8 miles along the coast), the various water agencies (IID, MWD, etc) could stop sending water from the Colorado River to coastal communities.  This “saved” water could then be used to restore the Salton Sea, irrigate fields and farms in Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and provide safe, fresh, water to a thirsty and growing Inland Empire.  This same desalination technology can be used to maintain water quality and provide fresh water from the Salton Sea once it is refilled to historic levels and the Salton Sea can once again become a massive source of recreation, entertainment, and business opportunity (salt and lithium mining) for California.

It’s past time for the good people of the State of California to demand that our liberal, progressive, legislators and Governor to stop lying to us about desalination.  We have the technology, we have the energy production, the Pacific Ocean will NEVER dry up, and water is something that everyone needs and wants.  The bottom line is that we DO NOT have a water problem here in California, what we have is a LACK OF POLITICAL WILL problem to do the right thing and develop our natural resources that we have, right off of our coast.

This post inspired by an article in the Washington Times by Tammy Bruce.  California’s New Water Restrictions send residents fleeing to Saner States

Updating my business brand

An open message to my friends, colleagues, and clients. After a year of listening to all of you, Arivitas Partners is making a minor name change and slight re-branding. Our new name, keeping in line with the needs of our clients, is ARIVITAS STATEGIES.

The name change followed a number of discussions wherein our clients and partners agreed that assembling a team of talented professionals was good, but not good enough to achieve client goals in the complex world of land development and environmental compliance. What is needed is a STRATEGY for successful project completion. This included developing a team, then STRATEGIZING about the best way to obtain Entitlement, Environmental, and Construction Document Approval, for new homes, recreation facilities, business parks, and employment centers.

Let me know your thoughts on our new name and brand. I always appreciate feedback from clients, friends, and colleagues.

Our website is still under construction but you can find us here on Facebook Arivitas Strategies

To your success,

Kevin