Tag: Leadership

2016 Election, Political Psychology, Trump

Being the Oddball Sucks

Could you stand by a “wrong” answer? Let’s pretend you’re in a room with 10 people about your age and background. You’ve been talking for a while, and you’ve gotten to know the others. Then the task begins. It’s straightforward. On a large TV, you see a line drawing of a face. The instructor calls …

2016 Election, Service, Trump

One Question for Carly Fiorina

The next US President must be a great communicator. Distilling complex and controversial problems into mental models accessible to large numbers of people is not deception–it’s brilliance. The reason we hang onto sound bites isn’t because we’re stupid–it’s because we’re busy. We all don’t have time to earn masters-degree understanding of every issue facing society …

Service, Trump

What Is The Difference Between Leadership and Service?

Marine Corps officers eat last. That simple insight inspired the title of Simon Sinek’s latest book, “Leaders Eat Last.” If I could influence high school or college curricula, no one would graduate without successfully completing a semester course on that principle. Below is another remarkable video of Simon Sinek discussing how circumstances can override our …

2016 Election, Military

What Is Leadership?

Many of you loved Simon Sinek’s Start With Why TEDx talk. I love the way Simon Sinek thinks. It’s no surprise, then, that his TED Talk on leadership could be the greatest definition of leadership I’ve ever heard. Please watch and share. I have some thoughts and a poll following. Contrasts give greater clarity. Sinek’s …

News

How to Recruit Better Political Candidates

Let’s accept that people are lazy. I noticed no one rose to argue, so universal laziness is a given. When political consultants and parties recruit candidates, they do the lazy thing. They look for candidates who are easily electable. They want people who look good, speak well, shake hands like they’re still alive, and never made …

#Ferguson

How Emphasis on Race Hurts Efforts to Reform Municipal Courts

My story on the Justice Department’s Ferguson report addressed race early. . So let’s have a little blunt talk about race from a West County white guy’s point of view (which is alway helpful). Faction A and Faction B Whenever race comes up, two large factions shut down. They shut down intellectually because ‘race’ touches an …

Humor and Living, Living

The Difference Between Cooperation and Consensus

What many people don’t get is that cooperation is not the same as consensus.   Cooperation means someone takes the lead on an issue. If it makes sense, and if the leader is perceived to have good character and judgment, others follow.  Otherwise, the project is stillborn.  It’s the way the market picks leaders.  Not through …

Politics

Man’s Waning Days?

It’s easy to wonder whether humanity has simply grown weary of life. Yesterday I noted the inhumanity of Christmas shoppers on Black Friday. For the past 24 hours, the world has watched the slow release of hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables. As I write, a gunman holds hostages at a rural Wisconsin …

2010 Election

A Different World

While we’ve been building the tea party, the world has changed.  Our world has changed. Consumers consume less Inflation is limited to food, fuel, and gold Experiences and human connections are more important than possessions and promotions Debt shifted from people and businesses to government—which means to all of us The government took out a …

Living, Politics, Trump

Geek out on this

You’ll be glad you did. http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf   This eighteen minute presentation synthesizes almost everything I believe about leadership and inspiration. We own Why  We believe that God’s law trumps Man’s, and that the Constitution trumps Congress. And the President. And the courts.  We believe that each one of us has the will and the capacity …