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The Political Leader as Master of History: Identifying Key Principles and Leadership Lessons Learned
By | 01/03/2012 3:30AM | SOLUTIONS

5 Ways Leaders Benefit from Identifying Enduring Principles and Key Lessons Learned (Part 1 of 3)


Once the British defeated Napoleon in 1814 they immediately fortified their forces in the fight against the U.S. in the Second War of American Independence. America was unprepared. And with an unpopular war and an undisciplined and ill-equipped militia, the outcome was uncertain. What aided America’s prosecution of the war, up to this point, was Britain’s main engagement in Europe—the Napoleonic Wars. “After Napoleon’s exile,” however, “the trickle of troops to the New World turned into a torrent.”1

The U.S. soon endured a degrading defeat in a hot summer battle that…

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"The lesson of history is that to the degree people
and civilizations have operated in harmony with
correct principles, they have prospered."
–Stephen R. Covey

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Leadership Lessons Politicians Can Learn from Ben Franklin
By | 09/28/2011 12:00PM | SOLUTIONS

The Wisdom and Example of Benjamin Franklin Offers Several Timeless Leadership Lessons for Political Leaders Today


The old story told is that whenever visitors went over to see Benjamin Franklin at his estate they would need to open a large gate so that their horse and carriage could pass through on the way up to his house. Pushing this hefty contraption open always proved to be a bit of an affair requiring no small effort. Often exasperated, this prompted more than a few of his guests to offer a fix. “I can send someone over to mend that dreadful gate of yours, if you like?” With a wry smile and to the surprise of his guests, Franklin would […]

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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons
of history is the most important of all the
lessons that history has to offer.”
–Aldous Huxley

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Who Can We Trust in Washington?
By | 09/13/2010 11:05AM | PROBLEMS

The only thing we can depend on in Washington is a constant stream of partisan propaganda.


With all of the problems we have in Washington there is one that stands out, in my view, as being extremely problematic: a total lack of trust. I just don’t believe that we can trust anyone in Washington anymore. As much as I admire our Founders and as much as I stand in awe of […]

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“Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business…business for private profit through private control of banking, land, industry, reinforced by command of the press, press agents and other means of publicity and propaganda.” -John Dewey

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Rewarding Congressional Incompetence with Continuous Reelection Coups
By | 09/06/2010 11:40AM | PROBLEMS

Despite Devastating Disapproval and an Utter Lack of Confidence, Our Congressional Leaders Have a Virtual Lockdown on Reelection


It is inconceivable that Americans could so devastatingly disapprove of the job of our elected representatives, while simultaneously reelecting them to office in overwhelming numbers. Reelection rates for the U.S. House of Representatives between 1964 and 2008 average a whopping 93%.1 And within the last 14 years, the chances that an incumbent in the House would get reelected was never lower than 94% and has been as high as 98%. Yet, a 2010 poll by Gallup shows […]

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"We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect
the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections."
-John Adams

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