I don’t usually have a new blog post on Saturdays but today is an anniversary. It’s the 16th anniversary of my officially filing for a business license.


I like milestone posts because it gives me a chance to look back over the past year to see how things have gone, and also to reflect on the past years. I started recording my anniversaries on this blog when I hit year 10, and I’ve been doing it almost every year since (in 2012, it came around the same time as my 1,000th post on this blog so I highlighted that instead). This year is going to be a little bit different because I’m going to include links to the previous posts below, and I’m going to talk about communications rather than leadership, business, or diversity.
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I have 3 intriguing stories to share with you, all of which occurred within the last month or so. In two of them the participants received death threats; in the other, the participant actually received the death penalty. Let’s take a look at these events.

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In the first story, a Philosophy professor at Texas A & M University named Tommy Curry started receiving hate mail and death threats based on comments he made in an interview years ago that recently came to light. His comments were based on his belief that there were times in history where there’s been violence led by black people who were part of fighting a revolution for rights in America. His actual words were:
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When I was eight years old, I asked my dad if I could have a new bicycle. We’d gone to the gas station, and there was this new style of bike, at least new at the time, called a banana seat bike. No one else had one, and I wanted to be the first to own one.

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I also wanted a new bike was because the bike I had was considered a girl’s bike by American standards, as I’d gotten my bike in Japan on my 5th birthday, when all bikes there came without the bar going across the top. My dad bought me that bike a few months before my 9th birthday, and I loved that bike and rode it around everywhere.
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This post is an excerpt from my book Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy. I’m confident in sharing this article, not necessarily because I think it’s good (which I do) but because this is the first of two parts, the second of which you’ll only find out about if you buy the book. Sales can be sneaky sometimes. 🙂

This post was written about 3 or 4 months after the incursion into Iraq, June 2003. I’ve left the time component in because it fits, but the article is really about management perspectives and thus still relevant today.

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The war has come and gone in Iraq and the vaunted battle never really materialized. Yet here we are, months removed from the official end of the encounter, and things don’t seem to be progressing one bit. If we view the situation in Iraq as if it were a business, one can find several factors that were overlooked, causing this “hostile” takeover of the business to, at this point, look like a miserable failure.
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A couple of days ago I shared a story on Twitter from Scientific American titled Women May Find Management Positions Less Desirable. I disagreed with the premise of the article, and I shared it with a couple of people I know who I thought might be interested in it.

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One of the people who responded is Dr. Christine Allen of Insight Business Works, Inc. We started discussing the merits of the article, and I said my problem with it was that it singled out women instead of addressing the problem overall. When she asked me what I meant I shared an article I wrote a few years ago titled People Don’t Want To Be Leaders, which also has an attached video addressing the same topic.
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