Very bright executives and their equally intelligent followers all across the globe fall into this same, ever-so-human trap with predictable regularity: it's the trap of playing the victim, of actually believing they are the victim.
Hope is not about guarantees and certainties. You don't know you'll win, but you don't know you'll lose either, so why not try? No one is more remarkable in this light than the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Even if The Economist were right about Murdoch as the last mogul, how would we ever know it today?
John B. Mattingly is retiring as commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) after seven years in the trenches. At the age of 66,...
Instead of people just shaking their heads and sighing, "Well, what can I do?"... The answer is simple. Take a proactive step. The window of opportunity to send a comment of support to the E.P.A. is drawing to a close. August 4th to be exact.
In an economy where job security is nonexistent and it's riskier than ever to stand up to horrible bosses, there's usually nothing funny about their carelessly erratic and sometimes cruel behavior. But one finds humor where one can.
In an age characterized by political polarization, when it comes to public education there is bipartisan support for bypassing public institutions in order to close the racial achievement gap.
What lessons can New Yorkers draw from the Rupert Murdoch phone-hacking scandal in England? What lessons can we draw about the NYPD?
Full-page newspaper ads and personal apologies to the victims of this scandal look impressive. But post-recession consumers, who are more aware of the character of a parent company than ever before, are unlikely to be persuaded by gestures.
This week, Norway's peace was shattered by homegrown terror; the Murdochs dodged inquiries -- and a pie -- in Parliament; and Michele Bachmann's migraines gave her campaign a splitting headache. In Washington, the "Grand Bargain" on the debt ceiling fell apart, leading President Obama to lament being "left at the altar" and John Boehner to blame the failure on "different visions for our country." But, in truth, neither side is addressing the simple mathematical reality that we will never be able to reduce the deficit unless we prioritize growth. Trying to eliminate our debt by spending cuts that will reduce consumer demand and tax revenues, and prolong the recession, is like deciding to remove the gas tank from a stalled car and hope for the best instead of restarting it with jumper cables. Elsewhere, today is the first day gays can marry in New York so, unlike the "left at the altar" president, same-sex couples will finally be able to tie the knot. Congratulations, newlyweds!
Murdoch's job goes far beyond keeping track of the scoops and scandals of his employees. He is the CEO, the man at the top responsible for setting the tone and culture that drives the conduct of everyone in the organization.
As more leads indicate that crimes were committed on U.S. soil, the likelihood increases that this scandal will create heat for the Murdochs on this side of the Atlantic.
For a tough character like Murdoch, the busting loose of the News of the World Scandal did not trigger an immediate demand for investigations at every other paper worldwide.
This country could still slip into default, leading to the worst possible scenario imaginable -- we have to move back in with England. You think it's embarrassing slinking home after graduating college, try waiting 235 years.
I find the saga in England absorbing. As a former press secretary to two U.S. senators and a press aide to Bobby Kennedy in the presidential campaign of '68, media are a significant part of my life.
As a starting place, I place side by side the two extremes of Murdoch's exaggerated influence on our lives, our politics and our self-awareness.