Risk-Taking

As if she were reading the blog, in Sunday's P-G Linda Dickerson's column teed off on Pittsburgh's risk-o--phobic business climate. She interviewed Dave Malone, part of the state Workforce Investment Board that is supposed to help solve the problem by closing the "communications gap." The article quotes Malone: "I don't see our employer base able to communicate to educators, parents and prospective employers about what kind of opportunities exist here."

Anything to help bring risk-taking out of the closet is a good thing. But . . . sigh . . . a lot of this stuff is taking us nowhere. The article notes: "Malone is concentrating on manufacturers. 'When I ask parents how many of them want to see their kids go into manufacturing, I don't see many hands go up,' he said. Yet, advanced manufacturing is one of the job mills of the future."

How about asking parents whether they want their kids to be entrepreneurs?

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