Growing Your Community Bank Account

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

In 2004, Steven R. Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a runaway bestseller and trailblazing leadership manifesto.   The book promised to provide a “holistic, integrated, principle-centered” method for “solving personal and professional problems.”  It delivered.  Despite selling 15 million copies, however, many aspiring and seasoned leaders have yet to unlock the fullness of its potential.  This is particularly true in light of the ever-expanding distrust of authority, recent Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter Movements, and the associated and intensifying condemnation of homogenous an inequitable leadership, workforces, office cultures, and political and education environs.  In particular, many influencers have not done enough to invest and grow what Covey [...]

Orlando and the Pulse of this Nation

By | June 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Unprecedented demographic change, made possible by our documents of freedom, and forged in our crucible of constant immigration and cultural difference, continues to make the United States one of the most diverse nations on earth. Chauvinism and Orwellian insecurity, and the finger pointing fear, angst and emotional stress that they engender, also make us one of the most intolerant and violent. Our propensity to use deadly force, especially against the vulnerable and marginalized, such as the Orlando LGBT community that was devastated yesterday by a homophobic, religious extremist, and his assault rifle, is both an abrogation of our espoused commitment to freedom and autonomy, and an acute reflection of our longstanding love [...]

Muhammad Ali: Worthy of All Praise

By | June 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

As we mourn the loss of Muhammad Ali, let us also celebrate his life and legacy. As I wrote in the forward to the Butterfly Ball: A National Tribute to Muhammad Ali in 2005, we must also “recognize and appreciate the extent to which Ali and his legacy represents the spirit and essence of Black history and life.” Indeed, as I and others have noted, Ali declared himself “The Greatest,” and for millions of people of African descent, and millions of others, he became just that. Ali embodied the complexity, immensity, and dynamism that characterized Black communities around the world, and his leadership was a testament to the ability of one man [...]

Recognizing and Advancing Positively Powerful Women

By | June 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Women have made significant inroads in governance and management in the last 40 years.  According to labor specialists Mark Brenner and Stephanie Luce, “Legal barriers to gender-based employment and pay discrimination” have been eliminated.  “By 1970, occupational segregation by gender began to fall substantially for the first time since at least the turn of the century.  The gender wage gap narrowed, with women earning 59 cents an hour to every dollar earned by a man in 1964, but 77 cents per hour in 2004. The percentage of women in the labor force with a college degree went up from 11.2 percent in 1970 to 32.6 percent in 2004, rising at basically twice [...]

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