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  • How to transform America’s direction and culture

    Last time, I referenced two of my favorite illustrations of individuals who transformed something fundamental in the directions and cultures of their nations—Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Among my reasons for using these two figures often in teaching and speaking engagements is that they were both highly effective at changing mindsets. Each in his or her own way had a similar

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  • How the president can help America overcome tribalism

    Last time, we looked at the long odds facing Joe Biden if he truly aspires to leading in ways that would promote unity in his nation. In particular, trying to legislate with bipartisan buy-in appears to be something most observers consider highly unlikely. Nonetheless, and since I spend much of my time encouraging people to strive toward the transformational, I

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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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