Navigating the traps of power

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. So said Abraham Lincoln. He’s right. Power is hard to get right. And most of us don’t grow up learning how to use it wisely and well. And one reason for that, is that...

This shouldn’t feel comfortable!

It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself. I am now 62 years old, yet just one moment ago I realized that I love lightly toasted bread and loath bread when it is heavily toasted. For over 60 years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing...

Working with the end user in mind

If you work with people – in whatever capacity – you are using your skills and tools to help them get along with themselves, with the people around them, and with the challenges and tasks they face in life. But sometimes we get a little too focused on our tools, and...

Does democracy marginalize the wise?

My father called me last week and left a message. “I’m going back to work,” he said, jokingly. At 86, he’s still loves a good challenge and feels he has more to contribute. An unexpected, mid-term vacancy on the County Commissioners board came up in his area,...