Category Art and Leadership

A Nail Biting Day for America: Voting in a Contentious Time

Is anyone else having trouble focusing on work? I am doing all sorts of smaller tasks, and trying to avoid the news, longing for distraction, anxious, hopeful and scared. It’s the day we vote, and decide the fate of our country for the next four years. On this day, our vote is our leadership, but […]

Why Vote? Because there is no such thing as NOT Voting. #EricLiu

Check out this Ted Talk by Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University in Seattle, WA. He makes a compelling argument that there is no such thing as not voting! Even if we aren’t happy with the exact leader we’re voting for, voting is automatic in our system, even if we don’t exercise that vote. And […]

#PussyRiot on US Elections: New Video Irreverently Celebrates Women’s Wisdom and Power

Warning: if the P-word offends you, this V-word music video will get your blood running hot! Pussy Riot, the brilliant feminist activist group that protests for free speech, equal rights, and democracy in Russia, has responded to Trump’s grab for the P-residency and women’s P-rivates with a video celebrating women’s power.

Mother Teresa: How do we understand and apply her models of “saintly” leadership?

Mother Teresa was a spiritual leader, a mythic figure in the charity world. As she’s canonized for sainthood in September, it seemed like a good time to review some assessments of her leadership. Leading change, “one person at a time….” Don Jacobson writes that leading one person at a time might seem like a difficult […]

Three tips for improvising your way to success

Originally posted on The Hot Spots Blog:
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning the art of Improv. For those of you who have never experienced such joy, Improv is a form of completely unscripted theatre or comedy, where a group of fully-grown adults create a story, characters and some kind of plot…

Can a Drag Queen be a leader!? Just ask the #KinseySicks…

The Kinsey Sicks, a Dragapella political satire group, have a lot of fun and share their irreverent take on history — based not only on fabulous singing but current statistics and ultra-conservative rhetoric. If you’re tired of progressives making fun of conservative politics, don’t listen in. But if you need a laugh, and some serious […]

Congressman John Lewis: Civil Rights Leader Models Peaceful Resistance

There’s good news if we look for it, in leaders who take the best of our history and stand up (or sit down to strike for) healthy change. Today, I want to remind us to Here’s Congressman John Lewis leading a sit-down strike with fellow democrats, a gesture that turned out, as these peaceful gestures […]