Essays


A Day Like No Other

Message to Our Team at I-LEAD Today: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” This is a big day for our entire team. I am happy to announce that after months...

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The Audacity of Progress

A Personal Reflection on the Trayvon Martin Case This piece was also published on the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Blog The circumstances of Trayvon Martin’s death bring back memories of my childhood. I grew up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. The...

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Three Important Questions: A Tool for Innovation

Leading creativity and social innovation requires strong organizational tools. One such tool involves beginning with the right questions. As Einstein wrote, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real...

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Empathy in Eight Minutes

The first duty of love is to listen. — Paul Tillich In 1994, I participated in a short training experience that changed my life. The instructions for the exercise: Be quiet for eight minutes while someone tells you his or her...

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Getting Wet

During the late 1990s, I had the pleasure of participating in an Outward Bound program during leadership training as Kellogg National Fellow. So many elements of that experience have stayed with me over the years. One that I often think of...

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A Different Kind of Courage

Courage as We Know It Working with community leaders over the past decade, I have seen many praised for taking courageous stands against wrongdoing. Courage usually begins with a series of meetings. People come together, reflecting on a fundamental injustice. In...

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Fear

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson (1938-2008) I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1970s. It wasn’t Brooklyn’s finest decade. Drugs, gangs, vandalism and street-level violence were part...

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