Has This Pandemic Changed How You View Time?

Has This Pandemic Changed How You View Time?

“What is a week-end?” As the humorous line in British series Downton Abbey reminds us, the Industrial Revolution brought about more than machines: it fundamentally altered how society perceived time on a mass level. Weekends came into existence. It was the start of...

Why Every Leader Needs to Become a Campaign Manager

Why Every Leader Needs to Become a Campaign Manager

Now, more than ever, we have to figure out how to get stuff done and how to be smart about it. Both professionally and personally, our lives will inevitably change moving forward, the only certainty is that we must be ready to face it. Thinking differently is part of...

The Leadership Podcast: Prisoners of Our Own Perspective

The Leadership Podcast: Prisoners of Our Own Perspective

I recently had the privilege to join the wonderful team over at The Leadership Podcast to discuss leadership and a slew of other topics. Here are some of the takeaways, along with the full recording below. The Leadership Podcast - We Study Leaders · TLP206: Prisoners...

What Do We Do?

What Do We Do?

Marches. Protests. Riots. Each is a different, unique expression of anguish facing communities and their allies. Each is capable of evolving into another in an instant, with or without actual, representative intent, much less strategic planning. All of them are rooted...

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

The future has never been guaranteed. Even so, we’ve taken it for granted, and have avoided preparing in government, our businesses, and society in general. We tend to “work in,” not “work on,” managing too many crises and tasks to tackle the tough questions about the...

Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

I got an out-of-the-blue email the other day from a couple of old friends and colleagues. They were looping me into a broader email thread of former Les Aspin staffers in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Les’ death. For those of you who don’t know, Aspin was...

How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

We have a choice: we can either retrench into what was, realigning with old systems that have already revealed their cracks, or take the brave step the Renaissance Men and Women took to envision a new future—and then create that. The medieval Plague seems irrelevant...

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

In times of tremendous instability, the easiest tendency to fall victim to is retrenchment. “Let’s just go back to how things were before…” many find themselves musing. But the “good old days” crowd has to face some facts. For one, unless somebody creates Doc Brown’s...

In Pursuit of Truth

In Pursuit of Truth

In today’s age of media mistrust, I believe the pursuit of truth is one of the most important quests of our time. It is our holy grail. Our pilgrimage.  Because democracy as we know it is in peril. Generally speaking, people don’t know what to believe anymore and...

John Rogers: How to Run a Campaign on Firewall Podcast

John Rogers: How to Run a Campaign on Firewall Podcast

Bradley speaks with John Rogers, author of The Renaissance Campaign and partner to Michael J. Fox in the advancement of stem cell research. The two discuss the art of a campaign approach: how do we prepare mentally? Tactically? What defines a campaign? Bradley...

We’ll Take a Cup o’ Kindness Yet

We’ll Take a Cup o’ Kindness Yet

We'll Take a Cup o' Kindness YetAnd surely you will buy your cupAnd surely I’ll buy mineAnd we’ll take a cup o’kindness yetFor auld lang syne…As we leap into a new decade, we all need a powerful resolution. In these uncertain and often hostile times, we could all do...

How Three Words Could Change Your Career

How Three Words Could Change Your Career

Here’s a fun challenge for you: if you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Before you answer, think: these words have to apply to all facets of your life. They have to be so innately true to you that they permeate your career, your home life,...

Why I Wrote A Book

Why I Wrote A Book

If my former high school English teachers knew I’d written a book, they’d likely roll in their graves. Then they’d probably leave their graves, find me, and demand answers. I was a kid who crashed into teachers’ cars and calculated the exact number of days I could...

We Are All Prisoners of Our Own Perspectives

We Are All Prisoners of Our Own Perspectives

I recently had the honor of speaking at the 75th annual Bretton Woods Conference. The amalgamation of people was one of the most fascinating I’ve ever encountered in my life, filled with a wide range of perspectives and beliefs, which got me thinking about my own...

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