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What College Students Understand Better Than So-Called Leaders Themselves

As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee convened publicly on Friday, I got a welcome break from the madness that provided renewed hope for the future. I had the privilege of speaking to student organization leaders at Oakland Community College, whose advisors invited me to begin a planning session by speaking on how and why leadership … Continued

Times Demand Great Forethought, Consideration

It’s a keen sign of our times where unprecedented political and social divides are necessitating companies, groups and organizations of all types thoroughly and thoughtfully consider who and what they publicly say, support and endorse. It is a reality being painfully realized this week by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. After endorsing Republican Michigan … Continued

Treason or a Reason?

Amid investigations and indictments and “tell all” books the New York Times this week published an Opinion piece by an anonymous author purporting to also represent others within the White House to much debate and fury. “Treasonous” shouted the president and his proponents. Rather, I would argue, it is the perfect demonstration of what can … Continued

Catholic Church Must Practice What It Preaches

The news outlet that broke the Catholic Church scandal in 2002 – the venerable Boston Globe – has once again gotten the story right in a just published editorial, “Law Enforcement Must Clean Up the Catholic Church.” The first line of the piece says it all: “Time’s up for Pope Francis and the leaders of … Continued

Ohio State Didn’t Get Shut Out, But Still Badly Lost At PR

There’s a saying, widely used by coaches, that I’ve used both with my family and with clients during tough times. “Adversity doesn’t build character. It reveals character.” Ohio State University, its Athletic Department and its head football coach, Urban Meyer have been challenged by recent adversity. Last night, that may have dangerously revealed Meyer’s character … Continued

The Search for Common Ground on the Gridiron

With the official kickoff to a brand new NFL season just a couple of weeks away, we appear still mired in the discussion on the national anthem. Same old controversy, different day? Perhaps. Even with each new development – most recently ESPN’s decision not to broadcast the anthem during its live Monday Night Football telecasts … Continued