Daddy as a little boyMy dad was the first quintessential leader I encountered in life. He wasn’t perfect – none of us are – but who he was and how he lived his life was anchored to the principles of quintessential leadership.

In the years since Daddy’s death in 1998, I’ve met and or reconnected with many people who knew my dad well and one of the things I’ve consistently heard about him was that he was a good man, a kind man, and a gentle man with an open heart ready to serve and open ears and time ready to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded WorldSolitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading and totally relating to Michael Harris’
The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection
, this book went to the top of my reading list as soon as it was published.
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Unquintessential leadership pervades the U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam WarI have been anticipating Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War on PBS since I first heard about the project, because I knew it would be a comprehensive, thorough, and objective look at the Vietnam War from a before, during, and after perspective.

Episode 1, “Déjà Vu (1858-1961)” did not disappoint.
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Hurricane Harvey Texas August 25, 2017Hurricane Harvey began pounding the middle-to-eastern part of lower Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. A tropical storm that rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey made its initial landfall at the small town of Rockport, TX, virtually wiping it off the map in terms of devastation and damage.

An unusual weather pattern that had a persistent low pressure system from the west and high pressure system from the east kept Harvey virtually stationary for almost five days.

Given its close proximity to the Gulf coast, Tropical Storm Harvey maintained its tropical force winds, which in turn sucked up massive amounts of moisture from the sea just to its south. Read the rest of this entry »

The Blood of Emmett TillThe Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with Blood Done Sign My Name, the sordid story of widespread white supremacism that led to racist murder in Oxford, NC in 1970, Timothy B. Tyson has yet again masterfully shone the light on how entrenched racism has been – and, in many ways, still is – in the South. Read the rest of this entry »

Hate is unquintessential leadershipA wise man once wrote, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

Unquintessential leadership has always existed. In fact, it has been the predominant way that the human race has operated from the beginning.

Unquintessential leadership is completely natural to us, while quintessential leadership is completely unnatural to us. Read the rest of this entry »