Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Favorite Education and Workforce Development Quotes

Hi folks,

I’ve been away from the blog for a while. You know it's very difficult being a thought-leader with full-time responsibility for a multi-million dollar operation and 180 employees. At any rate, I thought I’d share some of my favorite workforce development and educational quotes as a way of getting back into the flow of blogging!

“Workforce development is a journey not a destination.” Anonymous
-Conveys the importance of lifelong learning.

“Workforce Development is about getting the right people, the right skills for the right jobs at the right time.” Anonymous
-Conveys the notion of a just-in-time supply chain training source role.

“Postsecondary education is a Tier 1 Supplier to the Talent Supply Chain.” Bill Guest
-Speaks to the prominent role of higher education in the knowledge economy.

“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.” Chinese Proverb: Guanzi (c. 645BC)
-Speaks to the power of lifelong learning on life itself.

“The first rule of education and government is when the horse is dead, dismount!” Daniel Fenn (adopted from Dakota tribal wisdom)
-Conveys the importance of using product lifecycles in our educational planning processes so that old programs are refined and new ones are created before they become obsolete.

“Access without success is an empty promise!“ Achieving the Dream Community Colleges Count
-Conveys the importance of student success as a hallmark promise of the American Community College – not just access to quality, affordable education.

Thoughts? Do you have any to share?



  1. I like the supply chain quote. I can't say I know much supply chain concepts, but I've felt for a while that those of us in workforce development could learn a lot by studying supply chain management techniques. Over time, we've come to view our job seekers as products, and when you think about it, in workforce development we're starting with raw materials and trying to refine/process them into a finished product for our employer customers. In fact, employers even talk about "just-in-time human resources", borrowing from supply chain concepts. Like most manufacturers, WIBs/One-Stops outsource work to training providers and other partners. Viewing partnership-building as identifying additional suppliers/contractors might help us manage those relationships more effectively.

  2. Well said, Scott! And ultimately we have to get the right product (skilled worker) to the right place (company) on-time (soon after job is posted) and on-budget. Thanks for the feedback.

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