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We’re all Bernie Madoff

Posted March 3, 2009 | 09:41 PM (EST)

Bob Dickman is a principal at Los Angeles based Firstvoice and co-author of The Elements of Persuasion.

Bob works with companies and leaders by holding up a mirror to them to see themselves clearly. On that note he made a good case for Americans needing to look…

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A Good Death

4 Comments | Posted February 28, 2009 | 02:36 PM (EST)

Dying so as to be as little a pain in the ass to your family as possible
– Henry A. Murray

Death becomes you…and me…and everyone, including my mentor Dr. Edwin Shneidman, pioneer in the study of suicide, creator of the field of suicidology and the…

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A Letter from (and to) President Obama

1 Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 08:31 PM (EST)

I’m sure I am one of the few (tens of millions) special people to receive this letter from President Obama:

Mark –Last night, I addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time.

To confront the serious economic challenges our nation faces, I called for a new era…

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The World is NOT Flat

11 Comments | Posted February 21, 2009 | 09:11 PM (EST)

A wired world does not a flat world make.

The world is becoming increasingly wired. More and more remote regions of the world are getting online or at least gaining access to a town, local village, van or someone on a Blackberry who is. To add to that younger…


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Obituaries – Mankind – The “non-survival” of the fittest

5 Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 05:30 PM (EST)

“Next time let’s leave out brains.”

 cartoon from 1960’s showing two amoebae speaking to each other after a nuclear holocaust that destroyed all other living creatures

I can imagine a current cartoon showing these same two creatures saying the same thing if and after…

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Leadership – The Eyes Have It

2 Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 12:25 AM (EST)

My colleague and good friend Ivan Rosenberg, CEO of Los Angeles based Frontier Associates defined it well when he told me…

“It is articulating a vision of an ennobling and implementable possibility that wasn’t going to happen otherwise which spontaneously enrolls people to enthusiastically make it happen.”

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President Obama and Shades of George W (Washington not Bush)

4 Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 01:32 PM (EST)

By Mark Goulston and Kevin Gregson

In anticipation of President’s Day and the recent transfer of power from President Bush to President Obama, we are struck by how President Obama is not just leading in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln but also in the spirit of George Washington. In…

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Tax Avoidance as the New “Sin”

47 Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 07:46 PM (EST)

The modern version of: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” has arrived. It is: “Let he (or she) who has not told his accountant to do whatever they can in order to pay the least taxes cast the first stone.”

If we were to take a…

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What’s Your Definition? To be Civilized

5 Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 09:13 PM (EST)

The measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it,
and those who are hurting in it.

How civilized are we? I think we have a long way to go and we may not have all the time in the world to get there.



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What’s Your Definition? To be Educated

5 Comments | Posted January 25, 2009 | 04:10 PM (EST)

Nearly everyone agrees that improving education is important to the future of America. Yet until there is a mutually agreed upon and accepted definition of what “being educated” means, we will be like the Six Blind Men and the Elephant acting upon what we each see, perceive and believe…

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Obama, Freud, You and Me – Where Selfishness Is There Shall Sacrifice Be

1 Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 01:52 AM (EST)

We have met the enemy and it is us – PogoIt is much easier to pull together when the enemy you have in common is them, than it is to pull together when the enemy you have in common is you. 

In the late 1930s FDR’s New Deal did…

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Will Apple Survive This Bite? The Most Important Lessons to Learn from Steve Jobs and Apple

2 Comments | Posted January 17, 2009 | 05:07 PM (EST)

Since Steve Jobs announced he’s leaving until June, two questions have circulated through the media. I know the answer to one, not to the other.

What I don’t know is whether he’s coming back.

The question I can answer is, what will a Jobs-free Apple be like?

Thanks to…

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Fear of Retraumatization – Financial PTSD

Posted January 13, 2009 | 01:06 AM (EST)

The Fear of Re-traumatization can make even the strongest person shut down and not be able to listen to reason, reassurance… or anything.  

Nervous breakdowns come in twos. A first trauma causes the first one and leads you to feel utterly defenseless. When as sure as you thought you were…

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Obamavision in Need of an Eye Exam — Part 1: Education*

1 Comments | Posted January 4, 2009 | 07:12 PM (EST)

President-elect Obama has stated his intention to stimulate the economy by creating jobs improving education, transportation infrastructure, and health care.

I heartily agree with those areas to focus upon, but the vision of each may need to be adjusted according to what the desired and successful end result of each…

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Israel vs. Hamas: The World Still Roots for the Underdog

28 Comments | Posted January 4, 2009 | 04:42 PM (EST)

The United States waged war on Afghanistan and Iraq after terrorists killed so many innocent civilians on 9/11. Israel waged war on Hamas after rockets landed deep within its borders.

But despite evildoers (those who would kill innocent civilians) provoking the retaliation they deserve and over time in the court…

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Beyond a Team of Rivals — The Method to Obama’s Saneness

Posted January 1, 2009 | 01:21 PM (EST)

It is well known by now how much a fan President elect Obama is of Abraham Lincoln building a Team of Rivals and a fan of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book of the same title.

Sadly, most of us are a little confused by this because for so long political administrations…

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Have an Underperforming Teenager?

Posted December 31, 2008 | 02:24 PM (EST)

Also seen at: Basil & Spice

Have an underperforming J.H.S., H.S. or college kid?
Maybe they’re just lazy…maybe not.
If logic and convincing doesn’t motivate your child
from the outside in, stop doing it…
try understanding them from their inside out.

Take a deep breath.

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President-Elect Obama, Do You Know the Way to Neverland?

1 Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 04:34 PM (EST)

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