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Will leadership ever work? I question the utility of leadership. And that’s because leadership is not working. It’s not working in developing countries; it’s not working in many parts of the world. Look at all the financial challenges, changes in disparate groups’ behavior, changes in weather patterns due to our behavior, and changes in the …
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What just happened in Indiana?  Can you tell me where the good leaders are?  With few exceptions, our leaders have virtually zero efficacies.  I read some time ago that most leadership theories and concepts fail because they are based on patriarchal ideologies.  After thinking about it for about 10 seconds, I had to agree.  If …
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I wish all human kind—that means all countries, islands, villages, etc., a nonviolent, joyful, and warless 2015.  That means us, too. We have been a country for little over 235 years; yet, we have been at war a total of 209 of the 235 years. Wow! That’s close to about 90% of our existence as …
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Who owns women? And who owns their bodies?  When it comes to social justice for women, patriarchy sees to it that women are not allowed to be in charge of themselves, their bodies, their wellbeing.  This line of thinking is parental; this line of thinking leads to deficit ideologies, resulting in structured inequalities; structured inequalities …
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The Power of Talk After reading the research about the “The Power of Talk,” I constantly thought about the three groups of children studied in the project. After I describe the three different groups, I invite teachers, school administrators, principals, parents, and professors of education, counselors, and those with formal or informal leadership roles serving …
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I’ve thought about this more than I wanted; that being black is worse than having cancer! And that’s because cancer is potentially curable. Blackness is not. There is no pill, injection, therapy, or modalities that will restructure a black person’s predicament. Not true with cancer. Being black is a target. Born black is a stigma, …
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Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink Samuel Taylor Coleridge—“The Rime of the Ancient Marnier” (1798) You’re sitting in your living room and suddenly you remember to take your medication; you head to the kitchen, turn on the water faucet—nothing happens—not one drop of water. …
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Ah, America’s dance with Exceptionalism! Exceptionalism to me means special, erudite, or wise, not mean, insolent, arrogant, or conceited, pretentious. Being number one does not always ensure wisdom or brilliance. In my view, we fall under the notable and remarkable references as we hold the number one position as jailer of the world. According to …
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For Schools in general and Parents in Particular   Why is it that some children hear only 600 or fewer words per hour from their parents? And what are the academic and developmental consequences of hearing such few words per hour? If you don’t know the power of conversation with your children, then perhaps you …
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Leadership, Christianity, and Social Justice Have you ever wondered about the relationship among leadership, Christianity, and social justice? These constructs mean different things to different people. Leadership may mean overseeing others, being out front, spouting orders, getting done what the leader wants done. To me, it means a process of inclusion, collaboration, participation. Christianity on …
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