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19 02, 2017

The Truth About Jobs in America … And What It Means for You

By | 2017-02-19T23:56:06+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The genuine desire to increase the number of middle class jobs may be one of the only pieces of common ground on the American political landscape.  The actual definition of “middle class” varies based on where you live, but the desire is universal. The most commonly accepted formula for determining [...]

17 06, 2014

The Fault in Our Institutions is the Fault Within Ourselves

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:28+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

The lack of confidence in the institutions that define our collective culture is threatening the civility, economic prosperity, and standing of the United States as a world leader. Let’s start with the government. The President’s approval rating is underwater and continuing to sink. A recent Gallup poll found that only [...]

12 06, 2014

Is It Always Right to Be Right?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:28+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

The 1971 Oscar in the Short Film, Cartoon category went to a piece titled “Is It Always Right To Be Right.” It was directed by Lee Mishkin, narrated by Orson Welles, and written by Warren Schmidt. The opening words of the film are: There once was a land where people were always right. They knew they were right and they were proud of it. It was a land where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong." These were words of conviction, courage, strength, and moral certainty. In this fictional land, any attempt at cooperation and understanding were viewed as cowardice and weakness. Everyone was so convinced of their rightness that no one dared to utter words such as, “You may be right” or “I may be wrong.”

14 10, 2013

Three Lessons About Leading Change from the Debt Ceiling Chaos

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:38+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

There has to be something we can learn from Washington’s failure to address the debt limit, right? There are three very important lessons about leading change you can take from the chaos over approving the federal budget and raising the debt ceiling.

31 03, 2013

Congress, the President, the Sequester, and You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:44+00:00 March 31st, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This week’s blog is a rant about the sequester that went in place in March. If you are sick and tired of the discussion, check back next week for something else. If you want to understand the impact of irresponsible leadership, read on. I promise this will step on everyone’s toes.

4 11, 2012

Leader or Liar?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 November 4th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This blog was first published in 2010. Considering we are near the end of perhaps the most divisive Presidential elections in recent U.S. history, it is an excellent time for all of us to reflect and ask ourselves - are we leaders or liars?

28 10, 2012

My Plan for Growing the Economy

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 28th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The American economy needs to grow again. Not the 1.5 – 2.0 percent growth we have seen over the past months. We need real growth in the 3.5 – 4.0 percent range. That is the only way to put millions of people back to work; advance our quality of life; [...]

16 09, 2012

If They Don’t Trust You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Two incidents occurred in the past week that reinforces a critical factor in every leader’s effectiveness: The impact of mistrust. Both incidents prove this truth about the ability to influence others: If they don’t trust you, everything you say will be twisted against you and nothing you say will be given the benefit of the doubt.

8 09, 2012

Rhetoric and Results

By | 2014-10-19T22:13:24+00:00 September 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Amazing rhetoric makes for interesting water cooler and Facebook conversation. Amazing results makes for legendary leadership. For which would you rather be known?

31 08, 2012

The Presidential Election & Defining Integrity

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 August 31st, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

There are several guarantees in the campaign for President of the United States: • The other side – regardless of the side you are on – will be portrayed by their opponents as completely out of touch with the “average” American • Every candidate will make promises that can only be kept with the cooperation of Congress, and every candidate will pledge to work with their opponents across the isle • Personal attacks will be plentiful and usually cloaked in an argument about policy implications • The choice between candidates will always be framed as two distinct visions that will determine the destiny and fate of the country • Integrity – or specifically the lack of it – will be called into question by the candidates, their surrogates, and the media pundits There is little any of us can do to change the first four items on this list. They are going to happen regardless of any efforts to restore civility and common sense to the campaign.