Category Archives: Leadership & Management

Running From the Polls, Democrats Stumble Into Leading on Impeachment

As I’m not the first to point out, when Democrats see bad polls, they run from them. When Republicans see bad polls, they change them, through persuasion.* With polls showing a dramatic swing in favor of impeaching President Trump, Congressional … Continue reading

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Smacked Around by the Schoolyard Bully, Congressional Democrats Threaten to Maybe Someday Do Something

I often call out Republicans in Congress for their cowardice and complicity in the face of Trump’s assault on our democracy. But many Congressional Democrats are making it hard to see how they’re any better. If these Democrats continue to … Continue reading

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Beto: Wrong on Guns, Right on Guts

Are Democrats impeaching the president? Yes. No. Maybe. You see, it could be the right thing to do, but it’s also the risky thing to do. So they kind of are and kind of aren’t. God forbid they just choose … Continue reading

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What Makes a Life-Changing Teacher

Kamala Harris is doing a nice thing on Twitter, asking people to share stories of teachers who changed their lives. Here’s one of several I can think of right away: Kenneth Clegg, the chemistry teacher at Warwick Academy in Bermuda. … Continue reading

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Trump Isn’t Getting Better, America Is Getting Worse

[Also published at Medium.] After the shock of Donald Trump winning the presidency, the hope many of us clung to was that he would grow in office. Instead, America has shrunk. There was some reassurance at the beginning, as his … Continue reading

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Arguing Over Their New Slogan Is Why Democrats Lose

Democrats, being Democrats, are having a big argument right now about their new slogan, “A Better Deal.” Is it on point? Does it suck? What do the polls say? It doesn’t freaking matter. Quick, now. What was Barack Obama’s slogan … Continue reading

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As ‘Brand’ Replaces Reputation, Democracy Goes to Hell

[Also published at Huffington Post.] There’s one question that has so far gone unasked during any of the thousands of interviews with Donald Trump’s surrogates or spokespeople, but during each one, it’s the elephant in the room: What is wrong with … Continue reading

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That’ll Do, Pig: If You Care About Excellence, Stop Over-Praising

Also published at Huffington Post. In a meeting of nonprofit leaders the other day, I heard an executive praise some recent work done by his staff as “amazing” and “incredible”. I hear this kind of thing so often that, normally, … Continue reading

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The World’s Shortest How-To List for Leaders

If you do a search for advice on leadership, you’ll find a lot of lists: “Top 10 Things All Leaders Must Know” “Leadership Advice from 5 Top Executives” “The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership,” etc, etc. I almost always find … Continue reading

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