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6 Pitfalls in the Vaccine Race

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is getting more and more confusing. On Wednesday, September 16, CDC Director Robert Redfield testified in front of Congress that it would be late 2nd quarter or early 3rd quarter 2021 before a vaccine would be generally available. Hours later President Trump contradicted his CDC director, calling him “confused”…

Reflections on July 4: America’s Most Patriotic Holiday

In the midst of the largest COVID-19 spread yet, my family and I are spending a quiet 4th of July holiday in Colorado. Instead of taking our four grandkids along with their parents to the July 3rd cookout and dinner, followed by the 4th of July parade where we wave the American flag and my…

Fortune: A 7-Point Plan to Slow COVID-19 and Restart the Economy

The rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, concentrated in states that reopened too fast without following CDC guidelines, has dented America’s plans to restart its economy. On Wednesday a record 50,203 new coronavirus cases were reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. With cases rising rapidly, governors of at least 16 states and many businesses are pulling back from reopening. As…

Visiting the Scenes of Minneapolis Protests

On Monday evening my men’s prayer group and I visited the heart of the Lake Street protests, led by member John Cuningham who lives in the neighborhood, one block from the protests. This is an extremely diverse neighborhood, very peaceful with no crime. At the start of our tour we walked past the boarded-up buildings…

America at a Tipping Point; We Must Rediscover Our True North

America is at a tipping point. We are heading into an era of dramatic change. Earlier tipping points were triggered by cataclysmic events: the end of World War II (1945), the assassination of President Kennedy (1963), Osama bin Laden’s assault on New York (2001), and the collapse of the global financial system (2008). The lesson…

Fortune: America Is At A Tipping Point. Here’s How We Can Recover

America is at a tipping point, as we face the greatest crises since the Great Depression. We are confronting four crises simultaneously that are inextricably intertwined: racial tensions revealed in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing, the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the ensuing economic turmoil, and political disintegration caused by extreme partisan division. Floyd’s killing ripped off…

A Letter from Minneapolis: Pain, Outrage and a Call for Moral Leadership

As I sit in my home, just a few blocks from stores that are closed indefinitely, I feel sadness, pain and outrage at what has happened to our city in the last few days. Penny and I came here fifty years ago. After changing companies twice, living overseas in two countries, and teaching at Harvard…

All I Know About Leadership From Coaching Soccer

Back in 1986 during my days of coaching youth soccer (1983-1995), I wrote these lessons to capture my thoughts on leadership. Later I used them in writing Authentic Leadership and True North. See if they apply to your leadership: All I Know About Leadership, I Learned from Soccer If you want a winning team, start…

Stakeholder Capitalism Is Here To Stay

If there is any positive consequence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the acceleration of the shift to stakeholder capitalism away from its singular emphasis on shareholders. Ever since Noble Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman declared in 1970 that the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits, a debate has raged between advocates of…