Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Mad King Tweets

In Washington, it was a day about tomorrow – President Trump was going to announce that the United States would withdraw for the Paris Climate Accords – or that the United States wouldn’t. No one knew which it would be, … Continue reading

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Fairly Unbelievable

Donald Trump really did turn the presidency into a reality show. Somehow it’s Celebrity Apprentice every day. There’s an opening – this cabinet position or that, someone to replace that epically odd national security advisor, someone to replace James Comey … Continue reading

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Being Elegantly Right

We’ve always had a problem with the French. The women are too thin and elegant and the men too self-contained and self-controlled – another form of elegance. This tends to make proudly loud and casual Americans feel inadequate, which makes … Continue reading

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Real Transformers

There are days that change things. There was Tuesday, July 27, 2004 – the place was Boston – Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to all the partisans who wanted to toss out George … Continue reading

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Still Learning

The sixties were fine – there was the Summer of Love and Woodstock and all the rest, and talk of changing the world. That was supposed to happen, but it didn’t. Almost simultaneously the nation elected Nixon and college ended … Continue reading

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Beyond Summary

Executives and government officials don’t read reports. They read executive summaries, usually one paragraph. They get the general idea, and if something puzzles them they’ll ask a staffer about that. Those poor nobodies have to read the whole damned report, … Continue reading

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Judging His Judgment

Late last year the Washington Post offered a list of the ten books on leadership to read in 2017 – including Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace of all things. Donald Trump would laugh. That’s not him, and he’s … Continue reading

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