The golden rule – adapted

  Yesterday, in the United States, the current administration dropped its policy to bar international students from residing in the US if their respective college/university only provided online learning (due to the COVID pandemic). Institutions, like Harvard and MIT, were prepared to fight the policy in court, stating: “The effect — and perhaps even the goal [of the policy] — is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible.” (From the complaint filed […]

Non-partisan peacemaking (and other skills for 2020)

As we reach the halfway point of 2020, I want to share some skills that can support us all over the next 6 months. First, a true story: The last month or so I was planning a great escape to Europe for the rest of the year – to avoid the election in the US, the senseless killings, civil unrest, unhinged drama and violent images on social media/TV. Then this happened… An Awareness Moment: I […]

Mandating righteousness (and other myths/lessons)

Let me start with the following statement: Leaders don’t need to be perfect, but they need to show up. By now, a significant number of Fortune 500 leaders have provided some sort statement of about the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. This incident sparked nationwide protests to dismantle systemic racism in this country. This, in turn, sparked looting and destruction of property, which sparked a militarized response, […]

The future of communication (3 predictions)

As many of us imagine what life will look like 10 days, 1 month, and/or 3 months fromnow, I’d like to focus on and predict the future of communication (not communication technology, but how we speak to each other). Since the stay-at-home order, I’ve been asked to present Concious Communication workshops to a fair share of brands and communities including Create & Cultivate, The Riveter, and InfusionSoft, and here are some of the trends I […]

Chaos & Coronavirus

Leadership deficits and weaknesses are most evident in critical situations. Perhaps, this is exemplified at the highest level in the leadership of countries, as evidenced by the criticism of China’s leaders in their lack of urgency in responding to the coronavirus. Or the Russian government response to the nuclear disaster as depicted in HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl. Why do leaders falter when the stakes are high? Mainly, to maintain their social status, preserve their image, and […]

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