Several of your local public pension fund officials have safely arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, and checked into the Waikiki Hilton for an important week-long conference called NCPERS 2007. At this time (1:00 p.m. Hawaiian time), these dedicated public servants have justed completed a five-hour-long training session covering "Elements for All Trustees", "Writing an Effective Communications Policy", "Hallmarks of Effective Managers", and "Picking a Winning Team: The Manager Challenge (Part I)".
Now if you're thinking that these topics sound like things you could have mastered from skimming through a generic business manual in the used paperback bin at Barnes & Noble, I don't think you are appreciating the cliffhanger aspect of that last topic. Part I, people, which means there's still a Part II that must be covered to explain it all. Indeed, I can only imagine the tension our folks at NCPERS 2007 must be enduring. If they need to skip the "Networking & Information Sharing" session scheduled for the afternoon to wind down at the beach, I'm not going to hold it against them.