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LATEST BLOG POSTS

Senate hearings on Lloyd Austin III, who invited me to speak at West Point

on January 19, 2021 in Freedom, Leadership

I learned more from the Cadets at West Point than they could possibly have learned from me, but retired General Lloyd Austin III invited me there to co-lead workshops on leadership My mentor Frances Hesselbein introduced us. As I type, the Senate is holding hearings on his nomination to Secretary of Defense. I wrote an Inc. story on the experience, “6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General[…] Keep reading →

The problem with “Governments and corporations have to change”

on January 19, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

“What really has to happen is governments and corporations have to change.” People say it all the time. Do they think they’re helping? Duh! Of course. We knew that already. Everyone knows that. That’s the goal. When they change, we only have to implement—a big challenge, but swimming downstream, not upstream. It’s as pointless as to say What really has to happen is we have to score more points than[…] Keep reading →

430: Rabbi Yonatan Neril, part 1: The Eco Bible

on January 18, 2021 in Podcast

In the midst of several episodes on religious approaches to sustainability I learned of today’s guest, Rabbi Yonatan Neril’s book The Eco Bible: An Ecological Commentary on Genesis and Exodus. He founded and directs the international Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, including its Jewish Eco Seminars branch. He wrote the book to shine new light on how the Hebrew Bible and great religious thinkers have urged human care and stewardship[…] Keep reading →

429: What about jobs?

on January 17, 2021 in Podcast

“What about jobs?” people often ask to counter proposals to constrain some activity. Today’s episode answers. Here are the notes I read from: What about jobs? People out of work drain on society, not so happy Store near me that sells trinkets Of any value? I’d prefer a hug, shoulder rub, or make me dinner Many stages to make: plastic from oil, factory to make, transportation, store clerk Factory, put[…] Keep reading →

Government and corporations are more problem than solution

on January 16, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

“Our environmental problems are so big, individual actions don’t matter. Only governments and corporations can make a difference.” I’ve come to see this view as backward. Governments and corporations are causing the problems. They are what we have to change. If we wait for them to act, we will lose. When you recognize that we have to motivate them to act, you realize they are the problem. I include universities[…] Keep reading →

Emotions following a summer of BLM, a winter of insurrection, and ongoing pandemic

on January 15, 2021 in Art

This version of this song has brought me to tears lately, no exaggeration. I like the images in this video: Reconciliation and cleaning up The song is about the opposite of division. It’s about generosity. Not that one video will heal much, but I hope it helps. Many voices are speaking loudly in America today. I don’t hear a single one that speaks for me or nearly anyone I know,[…] Keep reading →

428: Vanessa Friedman: The New York Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic

on January 14, 2021 in Podcast

Vanessa Friedman sees the fashion world from a vantage point few others can as the Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at the New York Times. She arrived there after pioneering roles covering fashion at Financial Times in a first-ever role there, InStyle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Elle. She shares the industry’s forays into sustainability—or responsible fashion in her terms—as well as sharing her thoughts on it.[…] Keep reading →

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