October, 2012

Leadership Attitude

Leadership Attitude

Awakening from the “big sleep” epilogue—leadership requires optimism and courage. I am an optimist, but I do not assume we can escape from the climate crisis unscathed. It’s already too late for that. This year, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere broke 390ppm—roughly 40% above the pre-Industrial Revolution level. Most of this extra […]

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Leadership by Example

Leadership by Example

Awakening from the “big sleep” No. 5—climate shyness is abetting the denial campaign. I know a lot of people who are doing almost nothing to reduce their personal contributions to global warming. Many of them express despair about the futility of personal-scale responses to a global-scale threat. I also know a lot of business leaders […]

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Leadership is a Political Act

Leadership is a Political Act

Awakening from the “big sleep” #4—sitting on the political sidelines gives our future away to reckless vested interests. If you’re like me, you are tired of this election season and the duplicity, negativity and superficiality that seem to define campaigns. It’s no secret that most Americans feel pretty disgusted with our political process and alienated […]

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Is Science Communication Rational or Rationalization? with Rob Gould

Is Science Communication Rational or Rationalization? with Rob Gould

Tom Bowman talks with behavioral scientist Rob Gould about how people hear what scientists aren’t saying. Listen Now Is Science Communication Rational or Rationalization?     

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Self-Imposed Leadership Boundaries

Self-Imposed Leadership Boundaries

Awakening from the ‘big sleep” No. 3—professional boundaries got us here. They won’t get us out. It’s time to say something about courage and about bucking the noble, unintended barriers we place on our effectiveness as leaders. I’m talking about the limitations we embrace in defense of institutional missions, professional cultures and brand reputations. As […]

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How Can Scientists Win the ‘Climate Wars?’ with Michael Mann & Naomi Oreskes

How Can Scientists Win the ‘Climate Wars?’ with Michael Mann & Naomi Oreskes

Tom Bowman talks with Michael Mann and Naomi Oreskes about defeating the “merchants of doubt.” Listen Now How Can Scientists Win the ‘Climate Wars?’     

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The Leadership Assessment

The Leadership Assessment

Awakening from the “big sleep” No. 2—the call to action is a mirror, not a slogan. I think “waking up” involves three psychic challenges. When you first see the possibility of our stark future in all its harsh detail, you might suffer from overwhelming dread and believe that resistance is futile. If you overcome this, […]

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The Leadership Epiphany

The Leadership Epiphany

Awakening from the “big sleep” No. 1—sometimes it takes a jolt to reorder your world. Have you had the climate change epiphany yet—a sudden, intuitive insight into the reality of our predicament? You don’t go looking for it, exactly. Epiphanies spring from simple, everyday experiences when understanding clicks into place and rocks your world. The […]

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