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I have an acquaintance who owns a small manufacturing company; he’s the President and CEO. He is one of those hard-working CEOs who is trying to match up purchase orders with invoices in the morning and working with lawyers and commercial realtors to negotiate a long-term lease in the afternoon. He recently told me that his company has purchased a very large machine that he needs to remove from its present location, transport here to Northeast Ohio, install at his operation, rebuild, and put it into operation. …

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Like death and taxes, liberals shooting themselves in the foot the moment they make any headway is a given. It seems we just can’t help ourselves; if our candidates aren’t perfect, they’re godawful. If our liberal representatives aren’t advocating for exactly the policies we prefer, they’re simps and toadies for the opposition. Mo Udall, the Senator from Arizona, put it well: “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle.”

We saw this dynamic on full display during the 2016 campaign. It’s a tough call as to whether candidate Clinton was more virulently castigated by the right or the…

Interstates have destroyed thriving Black neighborhoods. (Photo by Brendan Beale on Unsplash)

Many of us drive on a few miles of our interstate system each day. Whether to work, to shop, or to entertainment venues, we use the interstate highways around our cities as primary arteries for getting many miles in a short period of time.

Rarely does it occur to any of us that the development and construction of the interstate highways have done at least as much damage to Black workers, their families, and their neighborhoods as any policy that came out of the Jim Crow era. …

“Rednecks” fought for coal miners' rights.

Yesterday, I had a discussion (actually, something of a debate) with a liberal activist friend of mine. We’re both active in an Indivisible group and were discussing plans for the upcoming months. In that discussion, she referred to the “rednecks” who voted for Donald Trump.

A week or so ago, my wife and I watched “Hillbilly Elegy”. Early in the story, the protagonist is seen lunching with white shoe lawyers whom he hopes to persuade to let him intern at their firm. …

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Donald Trump had things going his way for two years. The GOP controlled the House and the Senate. He’d promised a lot during the campaign and now he was in a position to deliver. There weren’t many policies that he actually did deliver on but a bill providing for inordinately large tax cuts to the already wealthy was one of them.

Here’s What the GOP Promised Their Tax Cuts Would Do

The Republicans made several promises as to what their tax cuts would do:

  1. They would pay for themselves.
  2. They’d go mainly to the middle class.
  3. The richest of the…

How many articles and books do you suppose have been printed over the years that provide advice to leaders as to how they can “motivate” those who report to them? Well, a web search I just conducted on “how to motivate employees as a manager” got 33M hits (though I’m pretty sure the last article on the list won’t be very relevant to my search term). Perhaps a better indicator is my search on Amazon for publications on sale there using the search term “how to motivate employees”. That search provided“over 1000 results”. …

We’re all familiar with the “sender-receiver” model of communications: I talk to you, you listen, you respond and I listen. It’s a useful model that effectively leads to lessons and discussions as to how senders and receivers can be more effective at, well, sending and receiving. So, we get articles, podcasts, and YouTube videos on empathetic listening, for example. And that’s a good thing; I’m sure readers will agree that there’s not yet a surplus of good active listening going on in their workplaces.

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Three Purposes of Communication

Another view focuses on the goals of communications. This view broadens our…

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Several years ago, during the Obama administration, I’d go to the comments section under articles in my local paper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, to joust with the batwing crazies. It was a good place to do so because name-calling and hate speech got one’s account suspended by the paper (as my own eventually was, though for reasons of which I’m honestly not sure). While one had to be able to take as good as one gave, and it could get pretty rough-and-tumble sometimes, everyone pretty much toed the line.

I could count on any article with a headline that had…

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I didn’t read Scripture much during my formative years. I married a United Methodist Church minister and, like most pastor’s spouses, was invited to teach Sunday school, in my case, to high schoolers. I was pretty good at it, too. I brought donuts every Sunday. I went over the three monotheistic religions because I didn’t want my young charges to get out of high school without knowing that Muslims and Jews worshipped the same God as we do.

I also wanted them to know a bit about the Bible. Most adults, even those of us who’ve been churchgoers all our…

Bad communications undermine change efforts.

A friend was giving me a tour of her company’s manufacturing operations last year. We stopped by a large communication center, a wall that was covered with pictures, maps, diagrams, and copy, all explaining the move the company was about to make. I spent some time reading the descriptions of the new facilities, the anticipated benefits of the move for the company and its employees, and the schedule for the move. I was impressed with the amount of information presented and how it was all displayed. …

George Bohan

Born and raised in the South, living in Ohio. Writes about politics, management, and religion.

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