Tools for elephant riders: RAFT and AFTER (working draft integrating with a bit of redundancy coming from the integration of disparate drafts)

Below is a very rough draft of an essay I started about 15 years ago, picked up again about four years ago (then forgot about again). The essay provides context on how we came up with RAFT, how we used it then, and how the concept has evolved for me over the years. RAFT: a […]

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story – unless cognitive dissonance makes you pretty sure it isn’t true:)

Mark Twain said: “I never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” Or at least that’s how the story goes. Evidently, we can’t be 100% sure whether the story is true or not. Storytelling is now considered to be an essential leadership skill, and for good reason. When we believe something […]

To extract genuine insights we need to invest our own energy in accumulating experiences and the critical thinking and reflection required to make sense of those experiences

“We can produce more information, but that means there’s more information for us to process. Our processing capability is the bottleneck.” – Gloria Mark, author of “Attention Span” This passage comes from a May 28th, 2023 opinion piece by Ezra Klein published in print and podcast form in the New York Times with the title […]

Interdependability: a mindset through which we translate interdependence into trust and abundance for ourselves and others

Interdependability – A mindset through which we intentionally convert our interdependence (which is a given) into a renewable and thus virtually limitless source of that which we need to survive and thrive. Interdependability is something that exists in the context of our relationships. Interdependability emerges when we embrace the paradoxical nature of being individuals who […]

By enabling people to climb the Ladder of Inclusion we interweave the “experience of inclusion” with the drivers of organizational performance (draft)

There are many ways to think about inclusion, but the concept can feel a bit nebulous. Most models seem to focus on what those who already feel included can and should do to “make others feel less excluded.” Unfortunately, it can be difficult to extend this mindset beyond the classroom and into the workplace. Part […]

The Strange Tale of How We Came to See the World as an Eternal Battle Between Good and Evil

Guest post by Charles A. Cogan On September 30, Vladimir Putin gave a fiery speech about the Satanic West and Russia’s fight to overcome Evil (New York Times, September 30, 2022, “With Bluster and Threats, Putin Casts the West as the Enemy”). He also announced that the four regions of Ukraine that Russia had occupied […]

The Role the Hôjô Played in Transforming the Japanese Polity and Launching Six Centuries of Warrior Leadership

From approximately 1203 to 1334, Japan was ruled by a family known as the Hôjô. Although Minamoto no Yoritomo founded the Kamakura shogunate, the Hôjô became the real decision-makers of the polity after his death.  In form, the Hôjô were servants of the shogun, but by the middle of the thirteenth century they exercised virtually unchallenged […]