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Leadership Essentials

Mobilizing people to confront tough, intractable problems, overcome differences, and move beyond the natural resistance to change...

Public Square, Public Education

A vibrant democracy demands an informed and engaged citizenry. How can we expect to have good citizens, much less good leaders, if we...

Loss

Marty Linsky wisely offered that "leadership entails dispensing loss to your people at a rate they can absorb." Leadership entails change...

Political Wisdom: Oxymoron or Noble Quest?

Coauthored by Jay Kaufman and Laurence Prusak Wisdom. It’s easier to notice when it’s absent than to define. And sadly, if not absent,...

Monday morning musing

Leadership in our public life can and should be a noble undertaking. The question for those of us aspiring to positions of leadership in...

Uncertain Fates

In 2001, I had the privilege of traveling in China as a Roosevelt Fellow. The fellowship, a visionary project of the now-sadly-shuttered...

Coda

My journey in public life was animated by a mix of youthful idealism about this country inherited from my immigrant parents and a...

Crossroads

Benjamin Franklin when asked whether our newly-minted Constitution produced a republic or a monarchy famously replied “A republic, if you...

The Price

Scot Lehigh’s column in today’s Boston Globe, “In GOP’s incipient civil war, who is standing up and who is toadying up,” we’re invited to...

Free speech, expensive speech

Corporate campaign contributions have been blessed by the Supreme Court as free speech and justified as a legitimate expression of...

The People's Inauguration

We each have been invited to affirm an oath, modeled on the Presidential oath of office heard yesterday as it is every four years, to...

Inauguration Day - Independence Day

Since launching Beacon Leadership Collaborative, I have (tongue deeply in cheek) thanked Donald J. Trump for helping me take the measure...

America's Uncivil War

Even as a global pandemic is taking hundreds of thousands of lives and bringing life as we know it to a near halt, we have been shaken to...

A New Public Education

Two centuries ago, while serving in the Massachusetts legislature, Horace Mann invented universal mandatory public education to answer...

Mourning and Morning

I watched The Lincoln Project’s "Mourning in America" video this morning and it left me deeply sad, with a healthy dose of determination....

Covid-19 and Leadership

There's so much coming at us about Covid-19 and it is hard to know what is legit and what's not. Here's what I do know. We all have to...

A Challenging Moment

If ever there were a time to focus on better public sector leadership, this is it! Our democratic institutions and our values are being...

Reflections on political leadership

For all the Declaration of Independence’s “self-evident” truths, the Declaration was in 1776 as it is today more aspirational than...

Wise words

Jocelyn Lippert Alt offers three new corollaries to John Shedd's sage warning that "a ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships...