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Advice to Apple: The Ethics and Effectiveness of Rating and Ranking

February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This morning I read Margaret Heffernan’s post on BNET blog and almost cried. I just spent four days at the Apple Store in Lynnwood, WA getting my new MacBook Air and solving a few problems with Mobile Mac. It was a magnificent experience. I felt completely cared for and as if I was in the midst […]

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Do Unions Have a Right to Negotiation? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

February 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’ve been watching the news in Wisconsin with dismay. But not for the reasons many people are. I think the right questions are not being asked and wrong conversations are dominating. I personally have sat in the chairs of many different players in this standoff. I was briefly an SEIU president in my very early […]

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Why A Bahrain Protest? Aren’t They Rich?

February 18th, 2011 · No Comments

It’s true that the average income in Bahrain is much higher than in Egypt and Tunisia. But we make a mistake in thinking that the citizens’ movements in Egypt and Tunisia are about jobs and higher incomes. Or even food prices. These are serious concerns but not likely the most compelling reasons to risk one’s […]

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Grammy Winners vs. Value Absorbing: Less Commodifying, Homogenizing, Standardizing

February 13th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Mick Jagger reinvented himself last night at the Grammys. Lady Gaga reinvents herself with every album and performance—“Born This Way” won because she does it like she’s born again every time she performs. And The Dark Side of Eminem was brilliant. Even Kanye West tweeted in approval of all this. Jagger was amazing because he […]

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An Interview with Matt May, Author of THE SHIBUMI STRATEGY

February 11th, 2011 · No Comments

On Monday we looked at building intrinsic capability to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. On Wednesday I offered an overview of one great thinker’s suggestion for doing such capability building. Matthew E. May wrote a wonderful fable based on the Zen practice of shibumi principles. He kindly agreed to answer a few questions here—some […]

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Leadership, Responsibility, and Intrinsic Capability

February 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

On Monday the Responsible Business looked at the Egyptian protests from the tendency of many leaders to blame others for shortfalls that happen on their watch. I proposed that this was less an example of scapegoating than lack of capability to think systemically and read emerging patterns correctly. A significant contributor to this blame game is […]

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Egyptian Leadership Blames “Outsiders”— Another Example of How Responsibility Depends on Personal Capability

February 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Egyptian leaders have finally met with protestors. Not much has changed. What jumped out in the headlines today was Mubarak’s assertion that the protests are stimulated and fueled by outsiders. The country would not have all these problems if outsiders would just leave them alone. My post won’t offer a different way to understand these particular […]

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Egypt, the Middle East, and Authentic Leadership

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

 As we watch Egyptian officials make statements for the purpose of stabilizing a very volatile situation, and as President Obama and members of Congress consider how the U.S. might intervene, we are reminded of the challenge of leadership—no matter what our persuasions and philosophy. I have been working with AFED, a not-for-profit in Beirut, which […]

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