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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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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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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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Let’s Address Our Leadership Crisis

Let’s Address Our Leadership Crisis

The lack of national climate leadership has created a “big sleep.” It’s time to wake up. Bud Ward said it on the Climate Report™: “I defy you to come up with a short list of who today’s leader is … who, indeed, is the leader in the House and Senate on climate issues.” We get impressions […]

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It’s Time to Explain America’s Climate Options

It’s Time to Explain America’s Climate Options

Few Americans know enough to make informed choices about climate policy. We need to help them. In an amazing feat of wartime daring, Felice Benuzzi and two compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in East Africa to climb Mt. Kenya, and then broke back into camp. An illustration on an Oxo food tin served […]

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Helping Small Business Leaders Find a Voice

Helping Small Business Leaders Find a Voice

In society’s great messaging contest, a single small business owner’s voice is hard to hear. But the carbon-cutting knowledge being generated by this community is too important to ignore. I’ve described how easy it is for small organizations to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The potential benefits are huge because carbon cutting through […]

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Disruptive Messages Are Easy to Dismiss

Disruptive Messages Are Easy to Dismiss

Real-world experience clashes with the old cliché about environmental regulation choking business. Why, then, is this positive message is so difficult for people to hear? Recently, legislators invited me to talk about the impact of California’s cap and trade plans on local businesses. Cap and trade is one of several tools for reducing the state’s […]

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