Key Vermont Leadership Questions

I. As a leader, how do you plan to inspire, earn, and maintain trust? II. Are the innate characteristics of leadership power, authority, self- assurance, and clarity or humility, curiosity,… Read More

Volleyball anyone?

On VPR’s Vermont Edition show Friday, January 31st, Governor Scott, responding to a barrage of listener and interviewer questions about how he will address Vermont’s challenges, kept answering with “show… Read More

Feel the Bern …

To his great credit, the Bernie of 2020 is asking the tough questions, putting forward solutions, and calling out endemic corruption. He’s shifted the dialogue in the election to give… Read More

Vermont Needs a Four-Year Leadership Term

It’s time for my decennial screed against Vermont’s two-year term for executive and legislative branches. I’ve watched the damage done by this narrow horizon play out for the 50 years… Read More

Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program

The Vermont State Auditor’s recent report entitled “Structural Weaknesses and Questionable Gains by Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program” not only raises questions about the design and efficacy of the executive… Read More

Vermont’s Comfort Commission

In a time of widespread citizen mistrust of their government institutions, what could be more important than re-building that trust? The recent reversal from VT’s largely symbolic Ethics Commission (VEC)… Read More

Vermont Can Make a Difference on Mass Shootings

Since the national opinion writers have thoroughly covered the President’s role in stoking the violence we experienced this weekend we can agree that the next election offers us all the… Read More

Guns and Suicide

VTDigger column May 29,2019 S.169, mandates a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of a handgun in Vermont It’s sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature… or not. The… Read More

Aging with Grace

Astonishing what we learn from others when we listen… I was talking with a friend only a few years younger who offered a suggestion that in my self-absorption had never… Read More

Children and Families

The nation was appalled by televised scenes on America’s southern border of ICE forcibly separating children from their parents after a Justice Department ruling that to do so was legal… Read More

Getting to Know You….

Thanks to the VT Council on World Affairs and the Open World Leadership Program, we just hosted two young women who are journalists in Yaroslava, Russia. And I’m struck by how similar the… Read More

The Dignity of All Work

Neighbors in an upscale condo development were speculating about what the guy in the end-unit must do for a living to afford a sailboat, motorcycle, and camper. Curious, one strolled… Read More