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Reflections on a Young Writer in Paris

I read with interest in today’s Washington Post about the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, a magnet for great American authors of the 20th century. While not rising to the level of its famed literati, I too frequented the bookstore during my 1964 sojourn in Paris. Just as the […]


The Wells Fargo Scandal

The Wells Fargo Scandal of opening millions of unauthorized accounts for its customers has resulted in $185 million dollar fine for the bank. What is more startling is that 5300 employees were fired over the incident according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. What more cautionary tale can there […]


New Orleans Program Teaches Officers to Police One Another

In this time of often high tension between police and communities a new program has emerged that has great potential for benefitting both police and citizens. It is based on the all-important work on bystanders done by professor Ervin Staub of the University of Massachussetts. As a survivor of the […]


The Power to Stand Up to Oppression

I do not know the source of this terrific depiction of the power to stand up to oppression. The first frame shows a group of people and a would be oppressor. In the second frame we see the oppressor wielding the whip and one individual refusing to bow to that […]


Followership and Intelligent Disobedience in Politics and Governance

Anne Aden is an organization development specialist who performs her work through her company Wellspring Praxis. She has introduced the subject of courageous followership to high level government clients who have integrated it into their leadership development programs. I received a message from Anne today that I am proud to […]


House of Representatives Sit In

We are in a topsy turvy situation when our elected representatives, who are inside the establishment, must resort to civil disobedience, a tool traditionally used by those outside the establishment, in order to have their voices heard. Just as we learned that our primary voting laws and convention delegate rules […]


Ethical workplace: Cracking the courage code

I recommend Dr. Arthur Schwartz’s article The Ethical Workplace: Cracking the Courage Code. Dr. Schwartz is a colleague on the board of directors of the International Leadership Association. He identifies five factors that contribute to courage in the workplace. I am particularly interested in the fifth factor that courage is […]


Paul Ryan’s Regrettable Choice

Many Republicans and Independents find themselves faced with the tension experienced by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan on whether or not to support Donald Trump. Ryan withheld his support publicly for weeks and then caved in and gave it. Within a couple of days Trump made outrageous remarks about […]


Thoughts on Creative Disobedience

I recently returned from a fantastic trip to South Africa where I was able to give a talk on Intelligent Disobedience at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, experience the awesomeness of nature in Kruger National Park, tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 […]