The Art of Subtlety in Today’s Culture

Watching the Super Bowl ads last night left me feeling disappointed. Like most people, I look forward to being surprised and entertained by the greatest creative minds in the advertising business. Oh, wait. There’s one false expectation. The ads reflect the deepest pockets, not necessarily the most creative minds. Beyond that, I got to wondering […]

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How Politics Mirrors Cultural Decline

Reading the most recent revelation about Trump’s disgusting comments about women should come as no surprise.  Look at the culture that surrounds us today.  Sex sells like never before.  Celebrities strut their stuff; sports stars flout their physicality; movies feature immorality and violence as standard fare.  Presidential campaigns are working hard to out-trash one another […]

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Brexit Isn’t New. Have we Learned Our Lessons?

I have read a great deal about Brexit—United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union—both before the historic vote and in the aftermath.  Several things strike me.  At the risk of oversimplifying what I understand is a very complex situation, my first thought is that this type of action is not new.  When people who […]

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The Wills and The Will Nots Disparity

For generations, we have lamented the growing disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots and blamed it for the degeneration that surrounds us.   But this gap is a result of something more fundamental: the disparity between the Wills and the Will Nots. I had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremony for Leadership Waukesha […]

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Analysis of Susan Rice’s Message to Women

Given the tragedy in Benghazi, the search for truth far after the incident, and the growing suspicion of the US government, the appointment of Susan Rice to National Security Advisor is nothing short of incredible, meaning not to be believed. I went back to watch her appearance on ABC News “This Week” with Jake Tapper […]

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How to Reverse a Risk-Averse Culture

The June 3, 2013 issue of The Wall Street Journal featured a front-page article written by Ben Casselman titled, “Risk-Averse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs.” No kidding. My first book, “How to Grow a Backbone,” published in 2000, identified three elements of Backbone: Competence, Confidence, and Risk-Taking. In the thirteen years that we have been […]

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