Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Astronology - Finding the Right Fit: A Leadership Selection Model for the Redesigned Organization

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Volume XI

Issue 12


August 10, 2010

Dear Andrew,

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Readers Write...Again!

In our last issue of Astronology, our e-mail distribution service inadvertently cut off the initial part of our "Readers Write" feature. As such, we are reprinting it here in its entirety for you.

Our query in the last issue of Astronology regarding favorite board games solicited a number of responses! Here we'd like to share two with you.

First, Mark Silverstein from New York told us about two games - "Apples to Apples" and "Elfenland." "Apples to Apples," published originally by Out of the Box Publishing, and now by Mattel, is a card game suitable for groups and parties, ages 12 and up. During the game, the judge selects a "green apple" card containing an adjective. The remaining players then select from their "red apple" cards which noun is the best match for that adjective. The judge makes the decision, often selecting the noun that is the "most creative, humorous or interesting." With an average playing time of 30 - 60 minutes, "Apples to Apples" can be creative fun at home or on the road. Mensa International chose "Apples to Apples" as a 1999 Mensa Select prizewinner, an award given to only five games each year.

"Elfenland," published by Rio Grande Games, is a German-style board game suitable for individuals ages 10 and up. The game takes approximately 1 hour to play, ideally with 2 - 6 players. During the board game, which also uses cards and tiles, each player tries to reach as many cities as possible before returning to his / her "home city."

Jeffrey Bassman of New Jersey also wrote in regarding his favorite game: "My favorite summertime board game was always Sorry!There's nothing like sending the competition back to 'Start'."

Thank you for sharing your favorite board games with the Astronology community!


Fact or Fiction

August is a month for meteor showers.


Between July 23 and August 24 2010, The
Perseids Meteor Shower can be seen. The International Meteor Organization suggests that the best time to see them will be August 12-13, 2010 at 18 h and 7 h Universal Time. For those wondering what the time zone conversion for Eastern, Western Pacific or Mountain Daylight Savings Time from Universal Time, take a look at NASA's webpage!

If you catch a glimpse of the Meteor Shower, we'd love to see your pictures! Please send them to National Director Jennifer Loftus, and we may reprint them in an upcoming issue of Astronology!


Finding the Right Fit:
A Leadership Selection Model for the Redesigned Organization

managerKenneth R. Cohen, Ph.D.

Over the past several years, companies across every industry have sought ways to improve profitability and service while decreasing costs. As labor expenses usually account for the single largest segment of the company's budget, downsizings are one of the first options that senior executives consider when trying to cut costs....


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