Stop Crying ‘Racism’ For Everything In Life

It is impossible today to get through an entire news day without someone crying “Racism!” “Racist!” It is an intellectually lazy argument. And it has lost its power to shock or awe. There is a lot of indignation thrown around as people argue over education, health care, governance, the economy, and the direction of this […]

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Finding Your Hidden Leadership Potential

Several years ago I had the privilege of teaching an MBA Leadership course at a private college where enrollment is almost exclusively female. We had one brave male in class a couple of times. Each time, he added a great dimension to our discussions because of his willingness to share his perspective and because he […]

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Inside MPS’s School System Reform Debate

I have been following the debate over the fate of MPS schools and felt it was time to share an insider’s perspective on what a particular public school reform looked like at the tactical level. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg took control of the failing public school system in New York City in 2002, he was […]

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Confident People Don’t Name-Call

Despite daily evidence from Washington and the entertainment industry to the contrary, truly powerful people do not resort to name-calling as a means of getting attention or being heard. Crazy, I know. We’ve all seen plenty of evidence showing how coarse our culture has become, and how juvenile. The name-calling in Washington and across the […]

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Spring-loaded to the p*ssed off position

Excuse the expression; it’s not one I normally use, especially in public. But it captures the mood of our times. A lot of people are angry and scared, frustrated with ongoing bad news, and out of both patience and trust. They are wound tight; ready to spring on anything they perceive to be a threat […]

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