Pass a Policy: Ineffective Leadership

A dying business multiplies binders and policies endlessly. There is no problem that cannot be attacked head on by passing a policy to end the problem. If the workers are crabby, one can pass a policy mandating cheer. Even more effective, the dying corporation can place the policy in the Human Resource Department Handbook. A [Read More…]

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Finding Us

Don’t fix the problem that we do not have. Let’s fix the problem we have . . . I have been to summer camps where the emphasis was on me: be faster, stronger, smarter. I have been to summer camps where the focus was on “culture:” save it, fix it, study it. Both approaches may [Read More…]

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Finding Intellectual Grifters: Five Rules that Help

So called intellectuals can be a snobby bunch refusing to consider their own opinions and developing an insider mentality. For more than a century, contributions of African-American poets, writers, or scientists were ignored or downplayed, because the establishment did not want to see what had been done outside their guild. I once was chatting with [Read More…]

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City Upon a Hill: Salt Better Have Savor

They say the camera adds ten pounds, a situation I cannot afford just now. Worse, unlike radio, you cannot scratch your nose while on television. Everyone is looking at you ten-pounds heavier finger reaching up to scratch your ten-pounds-heavier nose. As one cameraman warned me: “Everyone is looking. Don’t blow it.” This was not as [Read More…]

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Finding a Good Plumber

Until I met Russ Keene I was at the mercy of the most wicked class of men: the bad plumber. The bad plumber explores those parts of the house we call shameful and gives them great honor by charging great fees to fix them. They smoke more than they work and when they are done, [Read More…]

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This is the most important election of my lifetime? Nuts!

Evidently I have lived in very bad times. Since I was a little boy, I have been told THIS ELECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF YOUR LIFETIME. We always stood one more term of “them” from TOTAL DOOM. Nuts. My hero Teddy Roosevelt told us “we stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.” [Read More…]

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Truth Matters: And Almost Nobody Always Tells It

  Tell the truth. My dad told this to me as a boy and he was justified, because as far as I know, my dad has never told a lie. The rest of us are not so blessed. Most of us develop convenient memories or mess up at some point under pressure. The goal is [Read More…]

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On Hating Haters

There are few sins more satisfying than hating hateful people. The racists on my social media feeds who send ugly images make me mad, a good response, but hatred is close to righteous anger. Hatred can make aging fingers less stiff as the glow of self-righteousness allows me to achieve high school typing class speed [Read More…]

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Terrifically Terrible Prayer

Let’s not talk politics. Let’s talk prayer and not prostituting prayer in the service of partisan politics. Whatever the merits of Donald J. Trump as a candidate, he should repudiate a prayer given at this convention. On the first Monday of the convention, not-so-orthodox Pastor Mark Burns gave the worst prayer I have ever heard. [Read More…]

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The Worst Argument For a Bad Candidate: Irrational Hope

How was he doing? “Tolerable,” was the old man’s response. If you are a Christian in government, that is your goal. How is your candidate? Tolerable. Sadly, Americans do not always get to choose between tolerable candidates. Imagine having to choose between a Democratic former Secretary of State with deep moral problems and an erratic [Read More…]

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