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The Power of Our Example

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.  Mahatma Gandhi This week in South Carolina the nation witnessed shock and awe. Shock: Nine innocent...

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Beyond Words

God grant me… courage to change the things I cannot change. Much of what happens in our world leaves us initially speechless. Last year I watched the video of the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African-American boy with a toy...

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Uncommon Sense

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. –Albert Einstein I had the pleasure recently of serving as a faculty member for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s newly launched national fellowship, the Community Leadership Network. The Foundation had selected...

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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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Inventing Better Problems

A video version of this post is available here. Einstein said something profound about solving problems: “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” His thought contains...

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