Criticizing the leadership capabilities of presidential hopeful Barack Obama was considered a blasphemous act of heresy during the summer of 2008. Back then, you were asking for trouble and social ostracism if you dared cast doubt over Obama's vague notions of hope, change, and the future of the U.S. across various sectors. Today, it's OK to slam him. In fact, it's all the rage lately. The same media pundits who lauded Obama the presidential candidate in 2008 have stripped away his invincibility cloak and are mercilessly taking...
While it has been over four decades since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his message and views remain critically relevant today. With the recent unveiling of his monument in Washington D.C., I thought it fitting to reflect on his teachings and consider the implications for leadership in today’s context. Lately, the buzz surrounding the new monument has focused on the controversy over its look and the paraphrasing of King's words. The purpose of the tribute, however, is mainly honor; a reflection on King's significance...
The reality of war has had a profound influence on my life. This influence is hard to see. In fact, it's invisible. I would have kept it hidden if I hadn't read Clay Sellers' August 26 post, "Beyond the Clouds of War: A Faint, Silver Lining." His writing inspired me to explore the complexity that a legacy of war has had on my life. I was born after my dad got back from fighting in the Pacific. He and his men took island after island, wresting the Pacific islands from Japanese soldiers determined to die fighting before...
Our life choices and commitments feed on each other causing them to form a reinforcing loop. This type of loop is the causal relationship of two variables that affect each other in the same direction. If one grows the other does as well. The opposite is also true: the reduction in one variable causes the other to diminish. The choices we make in our lives often lead to commitments than, in turn, propel us to additional life choices that reinforce our commitments. This cycle can only be changed by different life choices that modify or lower our...
Harry Nilsson’s Grammy award winning song, "Everybody's Talking at Me," has been stuck in my head all day, specifically the lyric: Everybody’s talking at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying, only the echoes of my mind. I actually met Harry Nilsson years ago when I managed a restaurant in Southern California called Severino’s. Nilsson’s sister and her partner, Severino Surace, owned the place. Nilsson decided to make a surprise visit to his sister and walked into the restaurant one busy...
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