“Imagine how helpful it would be if Joe Biden were to show some grace, call on Democrats to stand down, practice the healing he keeps preaching. Why won’t he?”
That’s a question that Kimberly Strassel, a conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, posted on Twitter. An interesting question certainly, given that President-elect Biden knows something about grace. He is a practicing Catholic who has endured great loss in his life and yet emerged with a sunny persona that endears him to many, including his critics. Part of Biden’s presidential platform is the restoration of bipartisan civility based on decency.
The other day I may have played my last day of golf for the season. Here in Michigan, snow is in the forecast for the coming days. Soon our course will be hard frozen and covered in snow. Another season over.
I usually would not write about my playing golf. Even on my best days, my game is nothing to cheer about. But these are not the best of days. These are the worst of days. The pandemic has upended all of our lives. And so, golf has offered my playing partners and me moments of solace.
Most of my…
“Because of Covid” is a phrase we hear often. And with good reason.
Hundreds of thousands have died;
Million have been infected; and
Millions, too, are suffering increased stress and anxiety.
Millions are out of work;
Hundreds of thousands of retail and restaurant businesses have closed, never to reopen; and
Many millions are working from home, some never to return an office.
What offices that remain are different;
Temperature screenings, virus swabs and more.
Parents are serving as at-home teacher’s aides;
Kids are learning via video and homework, deprived of camaraderie and school lunches.
Families are separated, sometimes even in…
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
John Wesley from The Letters of John Wesley
The other day a colleague of mine passed away. His name was Jason Jennings.
While I did not know him well, I respected him. He was a colleague whose spirit of generosity made him seem your friend even when you hardly knew him.
In our one face-to-face encounter, we…
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou
COVID-19 is now a pandemic.
Nations through Europe are putting quarantine measures into place. President Trump has declared a state of emergency for the United States.
All collegiate and professional sporting events are canceled. It’s March Sadness. Universities are moving to online instruction; local elementary and high schools are closing.
The number of infections is rising. More and more people are dying. …
Corona Virus: How Consultants and Speakers Can Set the Right Example for Their Clients
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger — but recognize the opportunity.”
— John F. Kennedy
COVID-19 is here.
Mixed messages muddle the government response.
The market tumbles and more companies issue profit warnings.
Meetings and conventions are cancelled. As a result, consultants and coaches I know are losing speaking gigs by the handful.
What speakers can do?
First, a story. As the Great…
The Gracious Courage of Lou Gehrig
He was a man eleven months removed from the longest consecutive games played in a series in major league history. Yet as he shuffled, and with some assistance, to the microphone he seemed a pale shadow of his once commanding physique. His body drooped as if his powerful biceps and tree trunk-like thighs hung from his bones.
He was the image of a spent man. Physically. Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, captain of the New York Yankees, the biggest ball club in the biggest city in America, leaned down and forward. His voice was…
Few — with perhaps the exceptions of George Washington upon the nation’s founding and Abraham Lincoln upon the nation’s possible dissolution — have tackled the office of the Presidency in such a crisis as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And he did so with boundless enthusiasm and energy.
What animated Roosevelt throughout his presidency was restoring America to its principles in ways that enable the able bodied to work and the less fortunate to find relief. Called a traitor to his class he reveled in upsetting the order of the day in his quest to do it all. …