Tag Archives: failure

Want to be a horrible leader? Do ANY of these 50 no-nos!

Todd Nielsen has come up with “50 Bad Leadership Examples” that are well worth reading, either as cautionary behaviors or inspiration to horrific heights. Wanna be a Voldemort or a Hero? The choice is yours. Here they are; I’ve highlighted the ones I see most often in politics and organizations. Belittling and condescending communication to […]

An obsession with annihilation: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

Originally posted on The Stake:
*Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Hothouse Magazine. by Forest Lewis Cosmologist and atheist goon-squad member Lawrence Krauss has recently taken offense at Hollywood for pandering to theists as evidenced by such movies as The Son of God and Noah. According to Mr. Krauss these stories are facile and worse and shame on…

#Leadership #Creativity? Want it? Get it? Got it? Good!

We all want it — that flash of insight that solves a problem, makes us essential, pumps the adrenaline up a notch, and gives the world a chance to see that unique twist of mind that makes us a creative leader! It’s not just the inspiration, either, we crave the innovative vision to make our […]

Jack Hassard: Why Bill Gates Defends the Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We have long known on this site that Bill Gates’  foundation underwrote every aspect of the Common Core standards. Mercedes Schneider has documented nearly $200 million in grants specifically for the writing, evaluation, review, implementation, and advocacy for the Common Core standards. Jack Hassard, a retired professor of…

Hero or Fool?: It’s Hard to Decide in the Face of Failure

Today, I’m taking a different angle on leadership, looking at another unlikely leadership lesson from the idealistic individualist Chris McCandless, whose off-the-grid Alaskan adventure ended in starvation, and sparked a novel and film, Into the Wild. Author Jon Krakauer posted a recent blog at the New Yorker describing the biochemistry of McCandless’ tragic death. Krakauer […]

The Myth of Presidential Leadership: Obama’s challenge revisited

Norm Ornstein writes, in his National Review Column, The Myth of Presidential Leadership, “Many Washington pundits are critical of the president’s ability to wrangle concessions out of Congress, but they forget that his power has limits.” Here’s the meat of his argument: I have been struck by this phenomenon a lot recently, because at nearly […]

Leaders Negotiating Badly: Bridging the “Cliff” (with help from Tom Toles)

The budget deadline, aka “fiscal cliff” is testing our patience and the leadership qualities of Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans veer between pretending to want to negotiate… and coming to the table to negotiate while hoping negotiation is not necessary… to negotiating a position that it’s the other side’s fault, while admitting that it doesn’t […]