Politics


Bright Spots Amid “The Carnage”

A peaceful but seismic change of government occurred this weekend in Washington. The newly sworn in President chose to describe the national landscape as one of “carnage” that was difficult for many to recognize. In the midst of the uncertain course of this presidency it is important to not lose […]


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 […]


Watch Out For Bullies Masquerading as Leaders

When bullies get the power of the State behind them they become tyrants. History is littered with the corpses of their victims. Bullies must be stopped early and firmly. I endorse the following article by Pat McLagan (Leadership Development & Managing Change for the Changing World of Work | Speaker, […]


Paul Ryan on Upholding the Constitution

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan paints a picture of American politics to which we can all aspire. He places ideas and institutions above individual politicians and parties. He reminds us that every generation since the founding of the United States has sworn to uphold the constitution. Regardless of who […]


Interrupting Dangerous Leaders

It is time for people of goodwill to raise our voices in a thousand ways to interrupt the dangerous leading and following occurring between national demagogues and their supporters. My friend and colleague, Alan Briskin, raises his voice here: There arise during times of crisis leaders who reflect and distort […]