Archives for: December 7th, 2017

Be Disciplined: Liberating by Confining

Written by on December 7, 2017

“Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa! I want you to get me an Oompa Loompa right away! I want an Oompa Loompa now.” This is my favorite line from the original movie version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The spoiled and impetuous Veruca Salt has just met an Oompa Loompa, a living, breathing […]

Be Open-Minded: Try It, You’ll Be Better for It

Written by on November 17, 2017

Washington, DC, my home of thirty years, is riddled with sycophants, suck-ups who tell the boss what he or she wants to hear. I’m so concerned about the practice that when I interview someone for a job on my team, I ask him or her about their ability to speak truth to power. I’m interested […]