Tag: Politics

What People (Can) Teach Us: The Democrats – Respect, Understanding, and Preparation

Democrats swept political seats across the country earlier this week on Election Day, picking up seats and taking control of state legislatures, governor’s mansions, city councils, etc.

Elections sweeps, some may say, in general, are eventually par for the course when one party takes the majority in each of the political landscapes at the federal, state, and local level – the next time around, the pendulum swings the other way to make up for a previous…


What People Teach Us: Jeff Flake – Environment vs. Principles. How Much Is ENOUGH?

When is enough enough for you?

This week, Arizona junior United State Senator Jeff Flake, a detractor of the President’s since early on in the presidential campaign season, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in which he came out against and denounced the current state of U.S. politics and the President’s role in perpetuating the negativity, telling the President “ENOUGH!”

In an attempt to avoid a perceived complicity in the devolution…


Do You Ever Become Tone-Deaf, Insensitive, Or Even Negligent To Your Constituency?

Could you ever do something today for which you blasted – yes, “blasted” – someone else in the past?

Is that bold? Is it ignorant? Tone deaf? Oblivious? Entitlement?

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is being blasted himself for flying on private jets using federal dollars while conducting federal business – a behavior similar to which he berated House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for in the past. Now, Price’s cost of using private jets (and cost of…


What People Teach Us: John McCain – Respecting Those Who Don’t Share Your Ideology

In light of Senator John McCain’s medical prognosis of having brain cancer, which was confirmed during surgery to remove a blood clot which had formed behind his eyebrow, appreciation for the Senator’s political demeanor and overall character has poured out from all over the world of politics and beyond.

The support and admiration for the Senator – a former navy pilot, who was a prisoner of war for over five years during the Vietnam…


What Percentage Of Your Organization Do You Own?

That question isn’t meant to be answered in terms of legal ownership or number of shares owned. The question means to ask specifically, How much of the outcomes of your organization, team, group, or mission are you invested in?

And, again, “investment” isn’t meant in financial terms, but instead indicates commitment.

The results borne out of the work of your organization or group — how much of that are you committed to? How much are you committed…


What People Teach Us: Merkel/Landrieu – Consider Your Environment Over Your Position

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed a snap vote in Germany’s Parliament on the legalization of gay marriage, although she opposed the issue based on her beliefs and it was a foregone conclusion that the supporting votes would have the majority.

Regardless of her own personal stance reflected in her “no” vote, and the anti-gay marriage stance of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gay marriage was legalized by a vote of…


What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part II – Where Do You Focus Your Competitive Drive?

It seems Nancy Pelosi will be competitive with anyone, including her own side.

The blog post “What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part I” covers why she was in the spotlight recently with many people, including some in her own party, questioning her leadership. The basis for the swell of doubt was the loss the Democratic Party endured in the special election for a vacant seat in the House of…


What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part I – When Is It Time For a Leader To Go?

At what point does – and should — a leader decide to step aside for the best interest of their mission and group?

As a result of a Democratic Party loss in a recent, closely-watched special election in Georgia, there is a growing call for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down. Calls questioning her effectiveness in that role were loud as far back as November 2016 when she was challenged by Representative Tim…


Trump (& Sessions) vs. Comey: Does A Mission End With The Absence Of A Leader?

(Before you read this post: This post is not responsible for the constant shifting, clashing versions, and various iterations of the same story by the administration. There’s just no way to keep up.)

This week, President Trump abruptly fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey while the bureau was in the middle of an investigation into whether there was collusion between Trump’s campaign staff and Russia leading up to the 2016…


What People (May) Teach Us: Emmanuel Macron, Trump, And Promises Of Unity

Emmanuel Macron will be the new president of France, having upended his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the country’s election in definitive fashion by an almost 2-to-1 margin in votes.

In Le Pen, the loud echo was heard of the populist, nationalistic sentiment campaigned on and maintained by both President Donald Trump in the U.S. and the pro-Brexit leadership and contingent in Britain.

Whereas the U.S. and Britain decided to go with the leaders of…


What People Teach Us: Hillary Clinton And Repeating (Recent) History

Hillary Clinton is continuing to make more appearances since having lost the Presidential Election in November to Donald Trump.

Her supporters are happy to see her and get her take on the first 100 days of the new administration. And yet others are quick to point out that she and other older Democrats need to step out of the spotlight to make way for a younger, more connected Democratic contingent to take over.

Many political observers feel,…


What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of the conversation took place when it turned to politics.

At the time Jenner revealed her newfound life as a…


Flip Flopping Isn’t The Problem, It’s How You Do It That Is

The previous blog post How Long Do You Wait Before You Admit Something Isn’t Working Out? spoke about Flip Floppers, and about their right to change their minds, while making sure they don’t go about it in a reckless manner.

Specifically, the post notes, “It’s OK to change your mind. Just demonstrate why and what you learned.”

This still rings true, but as with anything else in life, moderation is key. You can only flip flop so many…


The Senate’s Plan: What Kind Of Nuclear Options Have You Witnessed?

Politics can play out everywhere, at every level of any kind of organization, in varying levels of severity and impact, from the most obvious and extreme positions to the sleight, unseen, or subtle plays, no matter the industry, field, or environment.

Lately, Washington has been the epitome of overreaching and dismissive authority for the sake of one’s own mission and cause, long-lasting consequences be damned.

A great example exists in the latest episode of…


7 “Presidential” Lessons: Trump Vs. the Mainstream Media

Weekly leadership and professional development lessons seem to be ripe for the taking in the era of the Trump Administration.

This past week, President Trump continued declaring his distrust of the media, hammering the mainstream outlets during his now-infamous first major press conference since assuming the Presidency.

During the presser, which he peppered with more unsubstantiated claims, Trump continued claiming how fake the media was, calling out outlets by name, and picking and…


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