No Flinching

As a kid, I remember playing the game where someone would pretend that they were going to hit you. If you reacted, or "flinched," you got "two for flinching" and were punched twice in the arm. When I first started working full-time as an Assistant Dean, I was prone to flinching. It was not uncommon …

Know Your Role

In 2015, I started to develop some pretty bad shoulder pain. I was referred to physical therapy and told that I had some issues with a muscular imbalance. The muscles of my mid back were weak. As I began to lift heavier and heavier weight, the muscles compensating for my weak mid-back had reached their …

Two Legs Better?

Orwell's Animal Farm was written as a political critique of events leading to the 1917 Russian revolution and the Stalinist regime that followed. After receiving a revolutionary vision of a farm run by animals without human oversight, the animals stage a coup and run off Mr. Jones to establish what would be know from that …

We Are Out of Change

In their work on administrative evil, Adams and Balfour identify the "fundamental ethical challenge" facing professionals as follows: "...one can be a 'good' or responsible professional or leader and at the same time commit or contribute to acts of administrative evil" ("Leadership, Administrative Evil and Ethics of Incompetence: Lessons from Katrina and Iraq"). What Adams …

“Wet, yet unimpressed”: Resolve as a Crucial Leadership Trait

As a young warlord, Darrow has been striving to lead a revolution to reform an oppressive, hierarchical society. He stands before his mentor and legendary warrior Lorn au Arcos. In Lorn, Darrow sees the self-confidence and steely resolve of a man who knows who he is and is unwavering despite the storm around him: "He …