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What about leadership I hear you ask

What about leadership I hear you ask

Written by Ann Brewer on May 1, 2018

While a leader’s approach (not personality) is important, it is the team that is central to leadership effectiveness. Leadership is not in the hands of one person, but many. It takes a collaborative team effort to realise positive outcomes and transformation and if it doesn’t why have a team at all.

The Newly Released JFK Assassination Files - Do They Say Anything We Didn't Already Know

The Newly Released JFK Assassination Files – Do They Say Anything We Didn’t Already Know

Written by Harry Melkonian on Mar 23, 2018

In terms of who shot the President, the newly released files do not alter the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. But, that is not to dismiss the importance of these documents because the documents do indeed prove a conspiracy. The files confirm that the FBI and CIA concealed and withheld important information from the Warren Commission charged with investigating the assassination.

If We Can't Win, Then Dismantle the System - a legal challenge to how Americans elect the President

If We Can’t Win, Then Dismantle the System – a legal challenge to how Americans elect the President

Written by Harry Melkonian on Mar 23, 2018

The anger from the Northeast about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election is without limits. It now manifests itself with a legal attack on how the Electoral College casts votes for the President. Aimed at the 2020 election, this lawsuit is an attempt to change the way that Americans elect their President. A sad corollary is that if the litigation is successful, the result could permanently destablise the USA.

The Fed - Is It Back to the Future

The Fed – Is It Back to the Future

Written by Harry Melkonian on Mar 22, 2018

When President Trump nominated Jerome Powell to be the next Chair of the US Federal Reserve, my first reaction was – I’ve seen that man before, a long time ago.

Jerome Powell is the first non-economist to head the Fed in 30 years. His background is in law, investment banking and commercial banking. This is a radical departure from the economists who have led the central bank for many years.

Donald Trump and the 'S..thole Countries'

Donald Trump and the 'S..thole Countries'

Written by Harry Melkonian on Feb 8, 2018

Recently Donald Trump was reportedly heard to bemoan why migrants to America came from ‘s..thole countries’ like Haiti and African countries and not from places like Norway. Well, a significant number of Norwegians migrated to America – but that was long ago when Norway, too, was a so-called s..thole country!

Putting aside the uncalled-for vulgarity in the President’s remark, it reflects a lack of understanding about migration.

Oprah for President

Oprah for President

Written by Harry Melkonian on Jan 31, 2018

Apparently not to be outdone by the Republicans and Donald Trump, there is now talk among some Democrats about a possible Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020. This sudden interest in Oprah seems to have arisen from her eloquent and well-received comments at a recent Golden Globes Ceremony. While this is hardly the same as a policy speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, in the current age of Trump, maybe the Golden Globes counts for more than the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Election of 2016 - a Personal Reflection

The Election of 2016 – a Personal Reflection

Written by Harry Melkonian on Jan 23, 2018

Apparently not to be outdone by the Republicans and Donald Trump, there is now talk among some Democrats about a possible Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020. This sudden interest in Oprah seems to have arisen from her eloquent and well-received comments at a recent Golden Globes Ceremony. While this is hardly the same as a policy speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, in the current age of Trump, maybe the Golden Globes counts for more than the Council on Foreign Relations.

Statues in America - When Is the Use-By Date

Statues in America – When Is the Use-By Date

Written by Harry Melkonian on Jan 23, 2018

It started with the generals of the Confederacy but now the controversy has extended to Christopher Columbus and Theodore Roosevelt – both of whom have statues in prominent locations in New York City. Should old statues be removed? And, under what circumstances should they be removed? While emotions can run high, the underlying questions are not all that easy and perhaps raise more controversy than the statues themselves.

Lose your fear of grammar

Lose your fear of grammar

Written by Tony Spencer-Smith on Jan 12, 2018

Does the word grammar scare you? Does it bring to mind the errors you made that evoked sniggering or even fury in your readers – and you just couldn’t see what you had done wrong?

Or does the word toll with the horrors of pedantic grammar and punctuation classes where the subject was treated as a set of rules that had to be obeyed on pain of death, even though half of them were incomprehensible?