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Got leadership?

Got leadership?

“… If a society is to evolve, or if leaders are to arise, then safety can never be allowed to become more important than adventure.” –Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (Bethesda, MD: The Edwin Friedman Estate, 1999),...
Is safety a distraction?

Is safety a distraction?

Edwin Friedman wrote that first and foremost of the displacement issues into which American citizens pour their anxieties are those having to do with safety. Hmm. Can you think of any lately? Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix...
Don’t shift personal responsibility

Don’t shift personal responsibility

Words from almost 25 years ago that apply today: people “inject” their anxieties into national issues. These issues “serve as a distraction from having to deal with personal responsibility elsewhere.” Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve...
How to Not Take On an Emotional “Conjoined” Twin

How to Not Take On an Emotional “Conjoined” Twin

You and I cannot live well with an emotional conjoined twin. “con”—a prefix meaning “together or with” “join”—a verb meaning “to link or connect” “conjoined twins”—a noun meaning “twins that are physically joined at birth, sometimes sharing organs, and in some cases...