Raising future rulers

People often ask me what The Grindstone Institute is all about. In many ways, it is a work in progress toward a vision that began developing in my mind a few years ago. Some...

Pick up the phone

When I was in elementary school – well before we could use Google to conduct instantaneous research – my peers and I would occasionally be assigned a project that would require us to pick...

The language of leadership

It’s interesting how we humans assess our effectiveness in communicating what we are thinking to others. So many of the challenges we experience in our personal and professional relationships come down to little more...

Find the good!

In today’s culture of negativity, hyper-partisanship, and sensationalized headlines, it is easy to become cynical about the state of our society. Amidst a daily onslaught of pessimism from many forms of media, those who...

Five people

How often have you found yourself in this situation? You blithely accept an invitation to catch up with some colleagues you haven’t seen in a while. Upon arriving, however, you realize your time together...

Servant leadership

At a time when authenticity is increasingly sought, particularly among those who offer themselves to serve in public life, I am often asked about the characteristics comprising genuine leadership that is focused on the...

For America

The "high season" of America’s patriotic holidays – from Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day to Flag Day and Independence Day – always reminds me of my maternal grandmother. Although I come from a...

Fewer celebrities; more leaders

I recently accepted an invitation to dinner with a friend and a few people in his network I had not met before. In making introductions and responding to the question of how we had...

Proving or improving?

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to 21 countries on three continents (Asia, Europe, and North America). Although this journey has taken me to less than eleven percent...

Honoring and remembering their sacrifice

On my way home to Cleveland from Washington, D.C. last October, a drive I have made more times than I can recall, I decided to take a rare detour. Ordinarily, I would have continued...
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