Motherhood: The Ultimate Leadership Model?

Recently, I’ve been refreshing my memory on Kouzes and Posner‘s The Leadership Challenge. It dawned on me today that the five practices of exemplary leadership (with all due apologies to the authors) could easily be renamed the five practices of exemplary...
In The Darkness, Look To The Light

In The Darkness, Look To The Light

It’s been a week. My community, Westerville, Ohio, suffered the tragic loss of two outstanding police officers, killed in the line of duty. They were following up on a 9-1-1 hangup which ended up being a domestic violence situation. It was a first loss of a...

An Authentic Community Conversation

Who are we? What does community mean? What community (or communities) do we belong to? What do we care about in our community? What changes would we like to see in the community? What are we willing to do for our community? These are the meaningful and difficult...

Dear President Trump, Let’s Talk About the Study of Leadership

[I’ll admit, this is longer than a normal post. But, sometimes, you just have to say what’s on your mind.] Dear President Trump, As a teenager growing up in northern Jersey, I knew about you. Well, at least, I knew the public persona of Donald Trump, real...
Thoughts on Being Your Best

Thoughts on Being Your Best

Are you always at your best? While I would like to say that I am always at my best, that simply wouldn’t be true. I don’t think any of us could honestly say that. Some days I’m distracted by nice weather and would rather go for a walk and take...
BFP Inspiration Moment on Flowers, People and Diversity

BFP Inspiration Moment on Flowers, People and Diversity

Just as there is room in the garden for both tulips and roses, there is room in our organizations, communities and country for all kinds of people. The variety in a garden makes it that much more beautiful. Diversity among people, coupled with inclusion, makes our...