"I Hope He Fails"

“I HOPE HE FAILS.” That was all the verbiage offered on the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. I tried to discern other stickers, symbols or hints the vehicle might present, but was unsuccessful. I was left to interpret these four words in a vacuum, limited to my intuition and unscientific conclusions. […]

The Song

Birds are chirping as I sit in my home office, staring at the Blogger template. It is quite early, just past 5:30 a.m. CST. This same family of birds begins to sing, discuss, pontificate, elaborate, etc., about 4:30-ish on most mornings. Often I hear them quite well, which all but eradicates the need for an […]

Only Kindness Matters

I wrote this while sitting in the massive fortress known as Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, although I did not post until much later because I refuse to pay for Internet service at airports, Starbucks or anywhere else besides hotels and my home. As I sit here people watching, reminiscing about the dark chocolate I just finished […]

Crumbling Foundations 2009

In the early 1990s I won a newspaper award for a series of articles I wrote called “Crumbling Foundations.” At the time, it was an examination of how our economic, moral and educational paradigms were shifting and leading us into new ways of thinking. With such change came uncertainty. But there still seemed to be […]

Making Others Powerful

There is a captivating leadership video that focuses on Ben Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. One of Zander’s penetrating assertions is that the conductor of an orchestra “depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful.” He is a conduit, the only one in the orchestra who does not […]

A-Rod, Freaks and Heroes

Naturally, with the A-Rod steroid revelation and confession, there is the familiar mantra of “we don’t have any more heroes” echoing across the media landscape. It sounds rather hackneyed, not just because it is not true but because our tunnel vision through which we look for these ostensible “heroes” has not been enlarged very much […]

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