Archive for October, 2009

Understanding Immigration.

October 24, 2009

As I was talking about wanting to visit the White Horse Tavern in the West Village in New York City yesterday, I remarked to my partner that I finally realized why I never read the awesome books of Frank McCourt in high school or college — going to Catholic Schools for 16 years probably had something to do with it given his reflection of growing up a poor Catholic in Ireland and returning to the United States in young adulthood.

Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis A Memoir should be required reading for every man, woman and child in the United States today!

Before anyone decides their position on immigration reform, health care for immigrants, etc. they need to see that the human condition knows no country boundaries. People are people and how we treat others less fortunate than us says a lot about who we are.

Happy reading!


A call to action that is priceless.

October 9, 2009

One trait that effective leaders possess is knowing when and how to call people to action. Regardless of what a leader is “calling people to act on” they must understand when and how to build widespread support. They also must be able to seamlessly engage simultaneously at the individual (micro), organization (meso) and community (macro) levels of society.

Like many competencies of effective leaders, this competency rarely manifests itself early in a leader’s life experience. In fact, it is usually the trait of an experienced, successful and more senior leader. Engaging the average person, building consensus across organizations, and taking the time to understand the wide diversity of perspectives which people hold is no easy task. And, the value of using this competency to act and make changeĀ  . . . priceless!

Giving back . . .

October 8, 2009

I am not sure who said this first, but it is a great quote to remember, especially for leaders.

“For those who have been given much we have a responsibility to give back.”

Time is a finite resource.

October 7, 2009

Time is a finite resource. Time is perhaps a newly defined, and the most important, form of capital we possess because we control it.

Also, how we spend our time on a daily (and nightly) basis is one way of measuring what we value.

Researching and writing a dissertation, raising a family, reading great works of literature, visiting the ill and frail, campaigning for elected office, helping a stranger with directions, thinking creatively and sharing the results . . . even taking a well-deserved nap . . . all require time.

Some things we do take a lot of time. Instead of saying I wish had more time, why not say, how will I be more intentional with my time.

Time matters.

Learning takes time.

October 6, 2009

I am reading Frank McCourt’s first two books — Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis . . . unfortunately I believe that until we conquer the issue of rationing quality education, our society will never embrace anything new including anyone who doesn’t look the same or share the same cultural traditions — language, values, beliefs, traditions . . . As my son once said, it is unfortunate that our race needs to take the time to learn because learning takes time.

Thanks Veronica and Ben!