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Oct.15.2008
     October 15, 2008, Washington, DC:        Each time there is a crisis, the current financial meltdown being an example, we cry for a great leader to dig us out of the hole.  This leads, I believe, to the unfortunate tendency to accept that only a “great” leader can do what needs to be done.  As...
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Oct.09.2008
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   Washington, DC (October 9, 2008):  Yesterday, I had a fascinating lunchtime discussion with a group of journalists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore who are visiting the United States as part the Edward R. Murrow Project for Journalists, a government-funded program.  As you might...
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Oct.01.2008
Our economy is sick and we are the bug that made it ill.
     I have watched the U.S. financial meltdown with a growing sense of dismay.  It is also interesting to follow the finger pointing that is inevitable in situations like this.  The Administration, Congress, greedy corporate executives have all come in for their share of blame.  And if truth be...
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Sep.26.2008
     Leadership is more important today than ever before in our history.  The rapid pace of change in technology, economics and a whole host of other factors, globalization, changing social expectations, and changing demographics of the work force place greater than ever demands on leaders.       ...
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Sep.26.2008
       Leadership is more important today than ever before in our history.  The rapid pace of change in technology, economics and a whole host of other factors, globalization, changing social expectations, and changing demographics of the work force place greater than ever demands on leaders...
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Sep.04.2008
     I am absolutely dismayed at the decline of the English language in this country.  Just in case you think this is another anti-immigration diatribe, forget it.  I, for one, love the variety of languages I hear on the Washington subway as I commute to and from work.  No, I am talking about the...
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Aug.26.2008
Politicians excel at turning words around and turning the world on its ear (or rear).
I have spent most of my life avoiding politics. Oh, I vote and even serve as an Election Judge in my adopted Maryland County. But the electioneering has always left me a bit cold. Decades ago, when I did political cartoons for the Spring Lake (NC) News, I watched politics from afar with...
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Aug.21.2008
Many have given some, some have given all.
     As we approach the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., I am reminded of the importance of patriotism.  Not the knee-jerk kind born out of fear and anger; not the wear a flag lapel pin kind that is for too many an empty gesture.  No, I refer to the quiet...
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Aug.20.2008
Go to the following link to see my estimate of how the election will turn out:  http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-
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Aug.08.2008
We are like a society of two-year olds
I can’t help wondering some times if I am the only one who notices our society’s growing obsession with personal comfort at the expense of public courtesy and civility. As a relatively young member of the Silent Generation (that group of Americans born between the end of World War I and the...
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Aug.05.2008
Iron Mike, the U.S. Infantry symbol and mascot, knew a thing or two about leadership
     In his autobiography, My American Journey, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell defined leadership as the “art of doing what the science of management says is impossible.        If managing people is like herding cats, then leading them is like herding butterflies.  At least with cats, if...
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Jun.23.2008
            There are those who sincerely believe that in this, the digital age, with almost instantaneous communication between any two points on the globe, and with the present-day emphasis on flat organizations and empowered employees, leadership is less important.  That is, in my view,...
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