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The Polarization Paradox

Last Sunday afternoon, my wife and I sat listening to 1960’s music, relishing the smell of the barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers, enjoying our annual neighborhood block party. When one of my friends returned to our table, from talking to a few of our local politicians, I told him that I wasn’t going to . . . → Read More: The Polarization Paradox

Dave's Rigid Ways

Without warning, four college friends grabbed both of my arms, dragged me off the bar stool, and blurted for all to hear, “Come on Dave, stop talking to that old guy… you’ve had too much to drink. Let’s go!”

I sighed, shook my head and thought, Here we go again. If I fight their . . . → Read More: Dave’s Rigid Ways

How Leaders Solve Unsolvable Problems

My boss at UCLA, Mike, and I marched through the labyrinth of UCLA’s hallways reviewing the meeting we had just completed with the Dean. The Dean and his CFO had accepted our new budget and our bold strategic plan. We stopped outside Mike’s office and I commented that it was a great sign that . . . → Read More: How Leaders Solve Unsolvable Problems

A Super Goal... or Not?

The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will celebrate their well-earned victory for a while. Every time they, or their fans, reflect or discuss the achievement of their super goal, they will be living in the past. I’m not saying it’s bad to enjoy our victories, I am saying that when we think about goals . . . → Read More: A Super Goal… Or Not?

Detroit's Three Leadership Failures

Detroit’s population has dropped from 1.8 million (1950’s) to 700,000 (today). There are 78,000 abandoned buildings in the city, and the average home price has plummeted to $7,000. The once great motor city capital of the world is $18.2 billion in debt and on the road to bankruptcy.

Detroit’s rocky road is an early . . . → Read More: Detroit’s Three Leadership Failures