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  • Keep Walking

    Last Thursday, following my speaking engagement at the JW Marriott Hotel in Lima, I went for a late afternoon lunch with the organizers of the conference, Diego and Francisco from Alta Gerencia. The restaurant we chose is one of my favorites, not only in Peru but in the entire world—Bravo Restobar. Owner and head chef Christian Bravo is a good

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  • Whose rhetoric was hollow?

    Numerous times in the six months prior to the last US presidential election, I heard Mrs Clinton proclaim that one of her goals was to expose “the hollowness of Trump’s rhetoric”. While I did not follow the candidates pronouncements on a daily basis, I did nonetheless see enough of them to get clear impressions of the tone and content of

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  • A trail of excuses and missed opportunities

    In the April 5th edition of The Financial Times, columnist Edward Luce penned a thought-provoking article entitled “Beware of the return of the Clinton dynasty”, where he warns the world that Hillary Clinton has recently been “dipping her toes into the public waters” once again. Mr Luce asserts that, some five months after her unsuccessful run for the presidency of

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  • On Hillary Clinton’s discourse: Where was the story that lets us inside?

    Last time, I wrote about Hillary Clinton’s exceedingly weak response in a Meet the Press interview from March 22, 2016. Personally, it was the first time I could see any real possibility that Donald Trump might defeat Clinton in November’s vote. With such vague and uninspiring answers to this sort of undemanding question, I thought that she was perhaps finding

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  • Using a narrative-based approach to explain the failure of Hillary Clinton’s campaign

    In the next few posts, I plan to go deeper into my explaining my conviction that Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump was due in large part to her failure to define and tell a meaningful personal narrative.  On the 22nd of May 2016, some six months before the United States presidential election, candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on the popular

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  • The sheer power of repetition in political discourse

    In the last post, we looked at some rather unique elements of President Trump’s approach to speech-making. Whatever one’s opinion of Mr Trump, there is no denying that he was able to captivate audiences at his campaign rallies with his unconventional, irreverent, and often inflammatory rhetoric. By speaking with steadfast certainty, and by fervently repeating his convictions, he establishes an

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