It’s quite a word, empire. It means territory or realm or domain. But unlike those innocuous words, the television show Empire conjures up images of royalty, riches and power. Who could have guessed that a television show with this name would be filled with management lessons? Here are a few pointers gleaned after a weekend… Read More Management From the Road: Empire
While enrolled as an undergraduate student at New York University, I attended many classes in the Main Building, home to the NYU College of Arts and Sciences and affectionately known as “CAS.” Main was connected to Brown Building with its many science laboratories, dingy stairwells and labyrinthine hallways. Today, Main is known as “The Silver… Read More Labor of Love
The recent news about the indictment of a Pennsylvania attorney for perjury and the indictment and charges against a Texas state attorney general for securities fraud make for sad commentary. Politicians are elected to serve. Yet it seems they are using their positions of power to enrich themselves and their families. Such instances cause one… Read More Does Anyone Care About the Unethical Behavior of Our Politicians?
While cleaning out some of my older materials, I came across a series of papers I wrote while at the University of California over a quarter century ago. This collection caught my eye because it dealt with the then-nascent issue of policing and the growing barriers between our law enforcement system and the public. The… Read More Growing Barriers Between Law Enforcement and the Public
Applicants seeking a university faculty appointment should support an active scholarly agenda including journal publications, conference papers and association memberships. In fact, some universities require their adjunct faculty to have a modest but demonstrable evidence of scholarly work. This practice forces adjunct instructors to maintain a scholarly agenda, on their own expense, to keep a… Read More Adjunct Faculty Participation in Scholarly Activities
“Can we all get along?” Rodney King’s lament, often invoked derisively as a simplistic view of human interaction, reveals at its core a question that resonates even with cynics. If we could all work together, sometimes sacrificing a little of our own success for a better community overall, wouldn’t the world benefit? The surging movement… Read More Making the Good, Common
Brian Encinia. Does that name ring a bell? Probably not as much as Sandra Bland. If you have not been keeping up with the news, allow me to fill you in. Ms. Bland was pulled over by Brian Encinia, a Waller County police officer, for illegally changing lanes. The routine stop was escalated and resulted… Read More Brian Encinia, What Have We Learned?
There is appeal in a leader who shares our values and casts a future vision about the world they can see and bring into being. Even at moments of weakness, a leader still finds a way to inspire. Too often, a leader is someone else. Too often, we forget the leader inside of us. This… Read More When They Were Like Us
One may think and assume that segregation of the races is a thing of the past. Not quite and I doubt if it ever went away. In the 21st century, residential segregation is a subtle part of the structural racism that has kept Blacks behind despite the progress of civil rights. The price of residential… Read More The “Rise” in Residential Redlining and Segregation
I recently attended a local government meeting in which program team members were warned not to include clients outside the jurisdiction because of funding source restrictions. The funding was from a federal source. The “do-not-share” message was startling to some in the audience, but others understood. Someone had to deliver this administrative message. At the… Read More A Need for Further Intergovernmental Program Collaboration