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March 29, 2011

I have been very embarrassed today as I was directly or indirectly engaged in conversations about the difficult time our older youth experience in the United States. While we claim to be the “land of opportunity” for most, we definitely have lost our edge. Our youth have figured this out, and they comment . . .

“I barely have enough money to live on . . . how am I going to save?”

“College is too expensive and the return on that investment isn’t worth it.”

“I don’t think I should have to do it for free.” (a young man referring to his major corporation’s expectation that he document his intellectual know-how and turn it over to the company — for free and with no credit to his hard work.)

I end this post with three questions:

1. What is enough money for a young person to live on today?

2. What should college cost?

3. How should human capital be compensated?

Please email me your suggested answers.


Our future.

September 7, 2010

After watching “The Green Zone” this afternoon I am convinced — more than ever — that our leaders continue to lead us down a path of destruction and no return. For our planet to be saved we must respect life and make leaders accountable for their beliefs and actions. Most importantly, we cannot impose our culture on other cultures. Let us respect and embrace diversity.

Social justice matters. God bless Sr. Dorothy!

April 14, 2010

Northeast Ohio has watched this case since the documentary “Who Killed Sister Dorothy” was featured in the 33rd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival. Social justice will happen when many, many, many people get together to raise awareness and object to the status quo. Thank you Daniel Junge for bringing this film and injustice to our awareness. This is why Cobalt Group sponsors the “Women of the World” sidebar at the Film Festival. . . knowledge is power!

God Bless Sr. Dorothy!

Conviction of rancher in murder of Ohio nun Dorothy Stang lauded by Brazilian activists, officials

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!


July 22, 2009

Leaders who are trying to make change don’t have to ask for permission to make change. They just do it!

Great visions evolve over time.

July 5, 2009

The following excerpt from the Rock Hall’s web site says it all:

“Every year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes visitors from all 50 states and 100 countries the world over. Since we opened our doors in 1995, seven million visitors have toured the Rock Hall.  We’ve worked hard to live up to our reputation as the preeminent home for the celebration and study of rock and roll music.”

Whether it was working to bring the induction ceremonies to Cleveland in 2009, constructing an archives facilities in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College to house its rapidly expanding collection, or opening the Annex in the Soho neighborhood in New York City, the Rock Hall’s vision has evolved and the organization has consistently demonstrated the ability to be relevant and true to its mission.

The Annex in Soho is another example of how great visions evolve over time. Visit to see how.

Leaders make no little plans.

July 4, 2009

In 1910, iconic architect and planner Daniel Burnham said:

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.”

Great leaders put forth big visions and are comfortable with the fact that they may never see the vision fully realized. However, they take joy in knowing that if they have done their job well, the vision will transcend generations and involve thousands of people before it is realized.

Great visions are “built to last”.

An organization’s brand begins with leadership.

June 14, 2009

A brand is defined by words that describe the functional and emotional attributes of an organization, its people and products or services.

If you are a leader, your brand will generally describe how you lead, the culture of your organization, or the way you treat individuals with whom you interact.

Brand attributes of effective leaders include words like transparent, goal-oriented, accountable, respectful, sincere, trustworthy and honest.

Visit the link below to review the Cobalt Group’s Values and Principles. It is here where we begin to define our brand.

Meaningful Connections = Growing Businesses

April 23, 2009

I was encouraged today when I answered my emails and found a “connect” request from my cousin who resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He wanted to connect me to an entrepreneur located in Bay Village who once was employed with him at one of our former client’s (place of business also in Cuyahoga County). The entrepreneur and I talked briefly today about how to grow his business in Northeast Ohio, where he might find clients, and how to prepare for future opportunities as the economy and our region recover from this downturn.

When people take the time to make meaningful connections, businesses grow.

We are meeting in early May to have another conversation.