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Feb. 14, 2017 4:37 am
2016 : the post-truth age begins The election of Donald J Trump in 2016 as president of the USA was a significant tipping point in the unfolding of a greater and ongoing transition process. Appreciating the pattern of forces and other factors behind that event requires thinking about world affairs in a wayvery different from what has long been 'normal' in westernised cultures. In the...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2016 1:40 am
Addendum to: Some Detrimental Aspects of Group/Organizational Interaction Clearly what was written regarding group/organizational interactions particularly their downside did not exhaust the topic, and of course the topic may not be exhaustible since groups and organizations are proliferated with sapient creatures, and therefore since its members are not completely fathomable, it is likely a...  Read More
Jul. 5, 2016 8:45 am
One attends both voluntary, and mandatory meetings, of organizations and groups, and one may occasionally, or often, leave the meeting/s, feeling mentally as if one had been wresting (those which have never wrested for any length of time would likely be surprise how physically exhausting wresting can be particularly is one is evenly matched...) with an individual possessed of skills, and fitness,...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2015 5:36 am
In the wake of 'Christopher Harper-Mercer - a troubled 26-year-old student that walked into Classroom 15 on the campus of Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon, and murdered 9 innocent Christians, and wounded 9 others,' President Obama calls for legislation which will avert such incidents (Obama ostensibly wants Congress to pass a law which will make the mass murder of innocent people...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2015 3:36 pm
Although I am not the first person who has looked at the lessons of gardening as metaphor for self-reflection and personal development, I may be one of the more surprising ones. Spending time in nature has always been a passion. I grew-up with a 40-acre woods behind my house and many days were filled playing among the trees, not cultivating them. The time I spent there is among my fondest...  Read More
Dec. 10, 2014 9:12 am
Proliferation of Tragedy The death of Michael Brown death, as that of Trayvon Martin's, may have been tragic - but differ from the death's of Christopher Lane's (remember he was shot and killed, because some teens were bored, and thought shooting Lane would add a bit of zest to the tedium of their uneventful lives') in this regard: Lane was not involved in any behavior that could be construed...  Read More
Jan. 16, 2014 3:23 pm
The firestorm over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff closing the world busiest bridge as political playback has ignited discussion over his political future. Surviving scandal has become a pastime for many in public office and until the public uses these events to begin discerning what they say about an individual’s core values, we will continue to see rampant misbehavior among our...  Read More
Jan. 10, 2014 12:28 pm
People often ask me if anyone can be a leader. My response is an enthusiastic, “yes!” My belief in everyone’s ability to lead stems from the core idea that leadership is the stance one takes in life, not the positions or titles one occupies. Leadership is love in action be it in the home, the office or the community. And, it is way of life that does not change from one setting to the next. ...  Read More
Dec. 31, 2013 11:52 am
As the roar of the Holiday season quiets down, people look to the New Year as a time start fresh and to reorient habits and behaviors that may not be serving them well. What often gets lost in creating the new is the value of reflecting on the past, so that beginnings are created on the foundation of lessons learned, rather than on the hopes that our fears will no longer dictate our behavior. For...  Read More
Dec. 17, 2013 2:03 pm
During the Holidays people are implored to focus on the joys of giving rather than receiving. While I wholeheartedly agree that giving is one of the best ways to share our gifts and experience joy, I often find with my coaching clients that one of the greatest challenges they face is in allowing what they want to come to them. Often we are so busy chasing what we believe will make us happy that...  Read More
Dec. 6, 2013 12:28 pm
The worldwide outpouring of gratitude for the life of Nelson Mandela upon his death is testament not only to his role in leading South Africa out of Apartheid, it speaks to way he lead his life and the legacy he leaves the world. For all of his leadership accomplishments the one that resonates the most with me is his ability to transform “what it” into something better. Each of us has issues,...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2013 8:47 pm
December is an interesting month for people, the deluge of the Holiday’s, the wrapping up of another year, the anticipation of the next and the lingering question of what all of it means. Will I spend another year at this job? What changes are on the horizon? Will it be the same office party next year? Will it ever get any better than this? December finds us looking out at our world to access...  Read More
Nov. 27, 2013 2:25 pm
We tend to think of the Holiday’s as a time away from work, commitments and responsibilities—and for many that means leadership. That belief comes from the perception that our conduct at work is somehow disconnected from our personal lives. Leadership is love in action, and that love and action are a part of our lives in every moment. No greater opportunity exists to practice leadership than with...  Read More
Nov. 5, 2013 2:05 pm
My first semester in college, I talked my way into a political economics class restricted to upperclassman. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I wanted to take the course because I was passionate about understanding the intersection between government and the free market and how it shapes our society. Not surprisingly, it was the best class I’ve taken and its lessons continue to influence my...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2013 10:28 pm
One of life’s most disconcerting lessons to learn is that our experience in the world isn’t about reality and truths it is about the stories we tell ourselves are real and true. What we believe is happening in our lives is really nothing more than a story that we are making up about what is taking place. The sun is shining therefore it is going to be a great day to spend time in the warmth...  Read More
Sep. 4, 2013 11:23 am
Fallen as a child of Eve A venomous snare doth he weave To do his brother in Unless the urge of vice be stilled And clip unregulated will All acts are prone to Sin Shoulder one’s Cross for the hour is late As demons now work to bar Salvation’s gate As Armageddon is now begin To the unnatural we placidly assent Christendom restraints at last are spent Souls now revel, perverse within ...  Read More
Sep. 2, 2013 12:23 pm
The murder of Christopher Lane– age 22 – by trigger man/boy Chancey Luna age16 (Luna’s mother, Jennifer Luna asserted: “I know my son. He is a good kid.” Wonder what her definition of good is?), James Edwards age 15 - whom must have lent moral support - and Michael Jones age 17; he drove the car from which Lane was shot. Now although the murder was committed with a gun, thus far, nobody is...  Read More
Jul. 24, 2013 12:12 am
Social-activists generally pillory anyone as a racist, homophobe, sexist, etc. that may assert something contrary to their social agenda; thus I may identify myself – to such vile (generally thoughtless i.e., sentimental people, people who may change their minds, but not before their feelings have changed) individuals as a racist, and homophobe as a result of my argument. Morality, for such...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2013 9:22 pm
Everyone feels stuck at some point. Stuck in a job they don’t enjoy, stuck in a community they would rather not live in, stuck in a relationship that no longer feels as good as it once did. Stuck in anything not only feels awful, it means that we believe we are no longer making progress, changing, or moving through life. The loss of dynamic engagement is a heavy weight to bear, more so than most...  Read More
Jul. 2, 2013 11:34 am
Having made two trips to Egypt since the Arab Spring to work with current and emerging political leaders, I closely follow its ever-changing political situation. In the past week, the protests that allowed the country to exercise its voice for democracy has turned into ugly battles between the right and left, between those feeling unempowered and those seeking to maintain their newly acquired...  Read More
Jun. 23, 2013 11:58 pm
Politico’s story on Bill Clinton’s recent 70-percent approval rating , the highest ever recorded for him, attributes his popularity to his ever increasing focus on global issues eschewing political firestorms. While the former President has clearly evolved into a man focused on creating solutions to “neutral problems,” is this an evolution of character or the making of a true leader? Furthermore,...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2013 7:07 pm
No one doubted that Oprah Winfrey would wow Harvard University in our nation’s springtime tradition of commencement addresses by celebrities of various stripes and vocations. True to any speech that resonates with audiences it is not only the truths with dustings of humor, it is the glimpses of the people delivering them that keeps us captivated. In this, Oprah once again proved a remarkable...  Read More
May 7, 2013 1:49 pm
It is unlikely the world will ever encounter a Margaret Thatcher again. Her courage, confidence in her views, and power of persuasion are simply sui generis . I knew Margaret Thatcher, not well, yet well enough to form opinions. For several years in the late 1990’s, she and I planned conferences with spokesmen on both sides of the Atlantic she admired. The first of these encounters was in...  Read More
Mar. 11, 2013 4:22 pm
The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent. Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half-literate providing referential status to the half-talented. Most of what I heard is...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2012 6:45 pm
Moments ago the Breaking News appeared in my inbox: Susan Rice has withdrawn her candidacy to be President Obama’s next Secretary of State. It goes without saying that the position is not only the pinnacle of a diplomat’s career, it is the opportunity to bring about great change on a global scale. I have never met Susan Rice and I am sure that her future remains bright. While that may be true,...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 8:29 pm
The current brouhaha over the impending Fiscal Cliff is yet another example of a national culture that waits for crisis before taking action. The irony in this current example is that our political leaders actually created the cliff to force themselves to address this complex economic issue. In other words, because they couldn’t work together to craft a solution to our growing budget demands...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2012 3:16 pm
A week after the 2012 election that dominated media attention for the past several months, life seems to have returned to normal. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are ensnared in the Fiscal Cliff morass, losing candidates are looking around for someone to blame and once again Washington is mired in a sex scandal. Perhaps we should be comforted by the fact that the more things change, the...  Read More
Nov. 9, 2012 10:58 am
Two decades ago a record number of women were elected to our nation’s highest legislative offices. In 1992, California became the first state to send two women Senators to Washington; they were joined by two other newcomers to triple the number of women serving in the Senate to a whopping six! Those yearning for a shift in our legislative bodies to reflect our population were buoyed by these...  Read More
Nov. 8, 2012 6:13 am
The confetti has fallen, the balloons have been released and the adoring crowds are gone. The moment that every candidate hopes to face is here—victory. Yet, this the point at which successful candidates must pivot from election year warrior to genteel statesman or woman. The challenge for so many elected officials is that they rarely experience this transformation and our nation is left with...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2012 2:41 pm
In looking at the forest of the second Presidential debate, and not the trees, I saw that: 1. Americans don’t want government interfering in their lives and yet they want to know how the next President is going to help them go to college, lower gas prices and find a job. 2. It is now acceptable to say anything to “get elected” and the public is not going to hold officials accountable as long as...  Read More
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