Category Archives: Business

Structures, Outcomes, Term Limits

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I had a fascinating discussion with a smart friend of mine—a professor of women and gender studies—where we discussed the plight of the U.S. economic and political system. My perspective was that the rules set by our government have distorted the economics that make capitalism a productive system. My perception of her argument was that…

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A Simple Lesson from Immigration Applied to Corporate Tax Inversions

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Regardless of the perspective, one lesson is clear from the immigration issue facing the country—people long to live and work in the United States of America. The U.S. remains attractive to millions seeking a better way of life. Despite this lesson from immigration, many in government appear to have missed the point when it comes…

A Grad Student’s Reflection: Optimista Vagyok

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By Kevin Earl  Everyone needs words to live by, philosophies that guide their choices. Christian Frederick Nielsen Twede, my great, great, great grandfather, had his rules for the day that he recorded in his journal in 1887, which I included four years ago in a blog post about New Year’s resolutions. Some of his rules…

Starting Over…PHD Drop-Out

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by Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency In kindergarten I changed my name to Sarah Dunlevy-Michaelson. This was a hybrid of sorts, the first and last names of classmates and friends. Upon changing my identity, I told my teachers and fellow kindergarteners that my parents were dead, and I proudly announced (inspired by my favorite storybook at…

Mandela’s Leadership Legacy: The Power of Grit

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In 1976, I was in 7th grade social studies when I first learned about caste systems and apartheid. I recall being completely dumbstruck thinking, “How could this be the case in the modern world?” After all, in 1976 we celebrated the country’s bicentennial! It was difficult for my 12 year-old mind to digest. For the…

Happy Thanksgiving

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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…

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…

Rediscovering the Four Truths about Leading: Old Fashion Value

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A special thanks to Professor Rod Smith, Grand Canyon University, who prompted me to rediscover the classic work of James A. Autry, Love and Profit (1991). At a time when a new business book hits the shelves seemingly daily, Autry’s words still ring true. Perhaps, more true today than 20 years ago when he spoke…