These are the best of times—and the worst of times—for Independents striving to disrupt and transform our broken politics.
Note: Michael Epperson died on September 30, 2013. His presence is greatly missed. His example of service is timeless and can be of use to many people—including those who did not have the privilege of knowing him in life.
Where are the leaders now?
Amid the latest government shutdown in Washington, D.C., many of us are shaking our heads in amazement at the still-unfolding leadership failures of the American president and Congress.
Something else happened in Washington last week that is a reminder that there are servant leaders and patriots in our midst.
As recounted in the Washington Post, the distinguished CIA officer G. Michael Epperson, who died suddenly and unexpectedly, left a legacy of service that reflects our best national traditions.
I am privileged to have called him a friend over the course of three decades, just entering the fourth.
Serve to Lead outlines the Information Age trends that are disrupting leadership, management, and communication in all fields. The passage of time is making these changes ever more evident. Effective, 21st Century Leadership is quite distinct from traditional leadership. Leaders need a new, updated toolbox in order to serve effectively.
The emergence of 21st Century Leadership in business is unmistakable. Its rise in non-governmental organizations is also well underway.
These changes have placed outliers in sharp relief. Perhaps the greatest outlier is our politics and government.
It’s past time to disrupt politics.
For this reason, I’ve written Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington.
For what seems an eternity, Americans have been focused on November 8.
Now we need to turn our attention to November 9.
Close to half the nation will face the reality of a president-elect whom they regard to be unsuitable if not unfit, perhaps illegitimate. Indeed, a majority may feel this way. Many who will have voted for the victor cannot be counted as supporters. They will have chosen whom they regard to be the lesser of two evils, often with the greatest reluctance.
Sept. 17, 1787, is the date on which the United States Constitution was read and engrossed in final form at the constitutional convention. Benjamin Franklin, then 81 years old, was too frail to make a speech; but his written remarks were read aloud by his fellow-member of the Pennsylvania delegation, James Wilson. At the dawn of the 21st century, with Americans reflecting on first principles, Franklin’s guidance remains timely: