Showing posts from January, 2017

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Denmark-style

I'm reading The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth ( a Brit by birth), which is about the fabled happiness of the Scandinavian countries. Although I know he's going to dismantle this concept, he also promises to find out what makes the Scandinavian countries tick.

(By the way, Booth notes that he's including Iceland and Finland, which are not strictly-speaking Scandinavian but rather Nordic countries; he's using the terms interchangeably.)

Denmark, for example, was once a world-wide kingdom, with colonies in North, Central and South America; Africa; the Arctic; India; and the Indian Ocean.

Over the centuries, Denmark was defeated in war, shrunken by treaties, occupied by Germany in WWI and generally humiliated.

Denmark, after all this loss of power, is now one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. Booth is tracing the origin of this famous economic and social "levelness" (or downplaying of wealth and social status) and posits two theories…

Jan. 7, 1891--Zora Neale Hurston is born

Today is the birthday of Harlem Renaissance novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Where I live is not too far from where Hurston's family moved when she was three years old. Eatonville, Florida, was one of the first African-American towns incorporated after the Civil War. Here is some historical data from the website

"Incorporated 1887. Newly freed slaves who had come into the area from Georgia, Alabama and further north and the not-yet-incorporated Maitland first settled the town in 1880. These newly freed men labored at clearing land, planting crops and citrus groves, and helping to build houses, hotels and the railroad system. In a few years, some of them became community leaders, businessmen and respected citizens of the newly developed town of Maitland. By 1887, the African-American settlers in Maitland became interested in establishing their own town."
From Eatonville, Florida, Zora moved to Baltimore and then New York City to attend col…

New Year, New Role

For 2017, I'm taking this blog in a new direction, with a renewed emphasis on my role as Executive Editor of International Leadership Institute Publications (ILIP). I've been closely involved with ILIP since it was founded and will be devoting more time and energy to expanding its reach among people who study and model effective leadership.

"ILI Publications, founded in 1990, supports the mission of the International Leadership Institute, which is to promote a discourse about what it means to be a constructive and effective leader in the context of a liberal democratic society, through books, seminars, and various publications, including social media.

To this end, ILIP publishes books, short stories, and articles that inspire people to contribute their best as leaders in the communities where they live and work."

My husband Jarda and I have run the International Leadership Institute for more than 30 years, providing programs and services for established and aspiring lea…