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  • “Everybody knows Joe”

    Not long ago, a colleague who reads this blog directed me to an interview with another prominent operative on Joe Biden’s team, Symone Sanders. Since I have been getting such positive feedback on my “identity stories in politics” theme, I looked forward to seeing if Ms Sanders would have anything to say on the topic, and if she would provide

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  • My view of what candidate Biden should do

    In recent weeks, a number of readers have made a point of telling me how much they are enjoying my posts on political issues. Whenever this happens, it feels a bit strange, since I am writing in a realm where I have no particular expertise. At the same time, the positive reactions demonstrate that people—those who read this blog at

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  • When presidential candidates miss a major point about storytelling

    As I have often stated, my interest in politics is not more than peripheral. There are times, though, when I come across political items that draw me in. In fact, my recent interest in writing about the current and former Democratic presidential candidates—Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton—was sparked by an interview I heard in late May. David Plouffe, who managed

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  • Analyzing political campaigns through the lens of personal storytelling

    When I think back to the period leading up to the 2016  United States presidential election, one of my memories is exceedingly clear. That October, I was on a speaking tour in Latin America. Two weeks before the final vote, I was addressing a group of several hundred middle and top managers at Disney Argentina. The theme of my session was how leaders use

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  • Hillary Clinton simply failed to build trust

    My plan to write about how Joe Biden could use personal storytelling to help him build trust with the electorate took a small and unexpected sidetrack this week. One of the podcasts I listen to, Recode Decode, has stopped creating new material for the summer. Instead, they are replaying some of their highlights—the most popular and engaging moments from the

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  • Politicians and trust

    Most of the time, I hesitate to bring up any type of political matter here, unless there is a compelling storytelling angle to examine. Interestingly, though, each time that I do write something touching on politics, it seems to elicit numerous and forceful reactions. As such, the last post was indeed true on both counts. Despite my original hesitation, writing

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