Category Personal Leadership

The Difference Between a Journey Being Difficult and Being Lost

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend […]

Intellectual Caliber

Based on my experience and observational research, I have come to value the intellectual caliber of a person based on how they measure up on the product of three dimensions: Intellectual Caliber = Intellectual Strength x Intellectual Integrity x Intellectual Humility Descriptions of what is meant by each of these dimensions are provided below.  They […]

The Week of 3 July 2016…

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the […]

The Data Sharing Laxative

Folks experienced in trying to lead change know that the general population comes in three flavors: pioneers (the folks that love trying new stuff); Missourians (the folks that need to see that something works before they are willing to try it, “Show me.”), and the resistors (these are the evangelists of negativism, and the water […]

Freedom in a World of Growing Interdependence

When I was raised, I was taught that there are only two limitations to my freedom.  The first boundary condition is defined by the limits of my own aspirations and/or abilities–the limits I placed on myself.  The second boundary condition is defined as when the exercise of my rights interferes with the rights of another person–the limits […]

Good Citizenship

To many people “good citizenship” means obeying the law, paying your taxes, voting your properly informed convictions, and so on.  These are certainly examples of behavior by someone who is responsibly independent.  However, in this day and age, “good citizenship” requires more; it also requires behavior that is effectively interdependent.  Good citizenship now requires people […]

American citizenship must be something more grand than just increasing the size of one’s piece of the pie

Great societies die, not from murder, but from suicide.  It happened to the Greeks, it happened to the Romans, and the United States is not so special that it can’t happen to us.  We came close during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was prophetic about this in his speech given at the Young Men’s Lyceum of […]