Narcissistic, grandiose, vulgar, disagreeable and nasty are just a few of the Donald Trump descriptors that immediately populate a Google search for the Republican Presidential nominee. His supporters want to talk about “an American success story” or real-estate mogul with a “knack for business.” Love him or hate him he is a man that rarely … Continue reading The Election’s Long Shadow

A presidential election year creates an opportunity for a Washington Beltway ex-pat living in Southern California to have a lot of interesting conversations. With California’s presidential primary upon us, hardly a day goes by without someone asking me what the heck is going on with this presidential election and why it has gone so wrong. … Continue reading In Politics, Leadership is Only as Strong as Its Constituents

As summer has ended and rolled into fall, the headlines are filled with much disturbing news from around the globe. Domestic violence among elite athletes, terrorist groups broadcasting atrocities, heads of state fanning the flames of war, the continued spectacle of the dysfunctional American political system, draught, earthquakes and hurricanes. It is enough to make … Continue reading Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

A few years ago a friend who had lived though the Yugoslav war commented that the political ideology of who won didn’t matter, because ultimately things were going to be the same for the citizens.  While many of us feel that who wins and their beliefs matter dearly, the truth is that as long as … Continue reading This is my wish for the people of Ukraine

Having made two trips to Egypt since the Arab Spring to work with current and emerging political leaders, I closely follow its ever-changing political situation. In the past week, the protests that allowed the country to exercise its voice for democracy has turned into ugly battles between the right and left, between those feeling unempowered … Continue reading America at 237: A Guiding Light or A Dimming Beacon?

One of the most powerful tools for leaders is choice. Moving beyond reacting to outside circumstances and consciously evaluating situations from a higher level allows for well informed actions and ultimately better results. Reaction keeps one focused on the problem when paying attention to what’s working may be the way toward solution. For many of … Continue reading Pay Attention to What’s Working