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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Leadership is hard work

I have had the privilege of working with senior leadership teams on a national level with Boys and Girls Clubs of America; more locally with a Midwest public school system. We are lucky to have so many talented people working to develop their leadership capacity in order to create a strong and hopeful future for […]

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Maintaining optimism in a world gone mad

It’s another Monday and people head to work amid headlines that can only make you shake your head. A man ax-murders his mother. The world reels from unimaginable violence. Cancer is on the rise. Kids are angrier than ever. People are calling one another vile names, arguing over intentions, and threatening retaliation. What’s going on […]

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