Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving II

President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” Washington’s proclamation of a day for the nation to stop and thank God has seen many legal iterations. However, it is essentially the…

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Education Policy & Cross-Pollination: one-size-fits-all Doesn’t Fit

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There is an old story that tells the tale of a central administrator in the U.S. Army who wanted to design the perfect uniform. This administrator went about measuring thousands of troops’ sizes. After collecting his data, the administrator created the perfect uniform based on the average of all the sizes he recorded—the new uniform…

“The Dark Night” of Leadership

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In a recent talk with emerging leaders at Houston Baptist University, I approached a rarely discussed leadership topic—the dark night of leadership—the feeling of isolation and abandonment in the midst of serving one’s constituents. In the 6th Century, San Juan de la Cruz penned a poem, “The Dark Night,” that lamented his tormented state despite…

Excuse Me, Where Is This Bus going? The Great American tragedy

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Thousands of people climb aboard a bus each morning, circle the block, and disembark at the end of the day to start the cycle anew 24 hours later. Punctuated by weekends and vacations when these worn and weary passengers can find relief by engaging in more personally meaningful activities, days turn into weeks and weeks…