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  • How the US could get on the road to unity

    In the last entry, I wrote that Joe Biden’s best opportunity to have a transformational impact on the American political landscape is his project to pass legislation with bipartisan support. Today I sketch out an approach he might use to move that undertaking forward. Shortly before I began this post, a regular follower of my work suggested that I write the words I

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  • A chance for Joe Biden to achieve transformational change

    As a follow up to our previous post, there are two notions in particular that I would like to expand upon in the weeks to come. The first is that Mr Biden’s project to govern as a centrist and in a bipartisan manner represents an opportunity to do something truly transformational. A second theme that I feel merits further comment concerns why such transformational

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  • What is transformational leadership?

    The previous post alluded to a distinction I often make between transactional versus transformational leadership. This is one of a handful of essential notions that has been at the core of my writing, teaching and public speaking for the past three decades. Indeed, it is a theme I have addressed in considerable depth and length, and one I plan to return to

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  • Transactional versus transformational leadership: Part One

    Recently, several readers have asked questions around a similar theme: Why have I been so concerned with giving “advice” to Joe Biden these past weeks? One individual even expressed surprise that I seem to have become a “supporter” of the president. Consequently, I would like to state once again that, though I usually have little interest in writing about politics,

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  • Inspiring change with powerful national symbols

    Continuing on the theme of our last post, how would I have advised Mr Biden to use the setting of the Lincoln Memorial to his advantage? As we observed previously, President Lincoln is a rare figure in American history—an image of unity and inclusion admired by Republicans and Democrats alike. In this vein, Joe Biden could have stood before the majestic

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  • Two stories president Biden can use to encourage unity

    In the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, I was curious to see how he would address the nation in his first policy speeches. By virtue of the coaching work I have done with a wide variety of individuals, I generally like to discover what I can from the speaking of newly elected officials. Of course, I do not recommend

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