“What if?” These two words can be an empowering combination or they can be the first step down a path of keeping us locked into limiting patterns. Each day, hundreds of times, we are faced with the opportunity to make choices that lead us toward our dreams or away from them and for far too … Continue reading Overcoming Doubt and Unleashing Your Talents

In a recent column in the Washington Post, former Clinton administration official Elaine Kamarck asked the compelling question, can a grown-up win the presidency? She goes on to discuss that the chatter classes often can see the merits of the well-versed, established candidate while the public likes to know that they can feel comfortable having … Continue reading Do Grown-Ups Make the Best Leaders?

The question of whether or not a college education pays has been rumbling on the sidelines of reform discussions for some years. It got a renewed kick in the rear this week when PayPal co-founder, Facebook investor and billionaire Peter Thiel offered 20 promising young people a $100,000 not to go to college and instead … Continue reading Redefining Success: Is There Only One Way To An Education?

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, … Continue reading The War on Terror – Where Does It End?

  Watching the budget battle play out these past few weeks (perhaps months and years) between Republicans and Democrats can only leave one feeling deep frustration and a sense that things will never truly change. Those emotions are not only accurate they are the clue to the true reason why deficits are soaring and budgets … Continue reading The Reason Why the Budget Battle Will Go On – And How We Change It

  With First Lady Michelle Obama’s spotlight honed on the issues of childhood obesity, access to healthy food choices and exercise as an issue of “national security,” perhaps we should ask why this continues to be an issue plaguing Americans. Not only is the United States home to the greatest number of obese people, the … Continue reading What Obesity Tells Us About Our Leadership and Our Lives

For the past few decades, respect for those choosing a career in public service has definitely waned. Following President Obama’s announcement of freezing pay for federal workers, the debate about the value and future role of federal employees will certainly become a lightening rod issue for Congress and the media. Having begun my career working … Continue reading Why Government Employees Are More Important Than Ever

With the midterm elections safely behind them, elected officials now come to the most difficult part of their adventure-leading and making good on all of those campaign promises. An election is never an easy endeavor and the dirty little secret is that the real work begins after victory is declared. The challenge before the next … Continue reading The Era of Compromise Is Over