“It is an interesting feature of human psychology that, once we have found someone to blame, the quest for an explanation seems to come to an end.” – Andrew Hopkins This observation from Hopkins’ book “Failure to Learn,” is followed up with the idea that while blame is a common response when things go wrong, it […]
Being Trustworthy in a Polarized Time
Have we ever been in a more divided and polarized time? Getting the facts when all the news has to be filtered for implicit bias or intentional spin makes understanding the world around us more difficult than ever before. I hear reasonable people, smart people who I have a great deal of respect for, arguing […]
Post Election Perspective
Bravery vs Courage
A Tarnished Badge
2,983 Shades of Blue
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” – Virgil
The piece is called “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning.” Spencer Finch designed the installation and painted 2,983 watercolor squares by adding a drop of water to the original blue for each panel he created a unique shade to represent each of the unique victims who lost their lives. Like September 2001 in New York, the sky was blue on September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake. Lt. Joe Gliniewiczs’ shade of blue is both unique and shared by his law enforcement brotherhood; past, present and future.
Courage: The Backbone of Leadership
Following the Rules Is Never Enough
Following rules alone not only fails to inspire trust it leads to a culture of “compliance with the letter of the law” and finding “loopholes” to achieve the lowest level of compliance necessary to stay out of trouble. Rules, standards or laws will never set the bar high enough to draw out the excellence that can only come from character and integrity.
Lessons From the Glass
American Sniper: The Faith of a Sheepdog
Much is being made of the life of Chris Kyle, some positive and some negative, after the release of American Sniper. Both the book and the movie provide a glimpse of the man’s faith and his philosophy of life. In one of the early scenes in the movie after Chris has defended his younger brother from […]