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Rob Asghar has been a consultant and adviser to executives in business and academia, and has been an editor for bestselling leadership experts. He is a University Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. A Pakistani-American writer, Asghar's essays and commentaries have appeared in more than 30 newspapers around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Jordan Times and Japan Times.

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A (Somewhat) Muslim Perspective: Why Is Reza Aslan's Jesus So Small?

(86) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 2:01 PM

"Blessed are the peacemakers...." -- Matthew 5:9

In his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ, Reza Aslan reasons eloquently that the true Jesus of history must have been a militant revolutionary -- more Che Guevera than Jesus Christ, more Muslim Brotherhood than hippy brotherhood, more...

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Panic or Profit: Two Distinct Approaches to the Literary Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Thriller novelist James Patterson has us on the edge of our seats, having recently taken out advertisements that paint a picture of a dystopian society undone by its collective failure to nurture the literary arts.

"If there are no bookstores, no libraries, no serious publishers with...

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2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

(16) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Led Zeppelin, one of the most seminal and popular acts in rock history, triumphantly received Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month from President Obama and the nation's elite (the event will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26, 2012, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET).

This leaves us...

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Eight Things to Hate About Football During Thanksgiving Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 6:20 PM

The week of Thanksgiving is about food, family, a frantic Friday, and, of course, football. Plenty of football.

And while you watch America's favorite sport, you will have plenty of time to ponder a few of the more puzzling aspects of America's favorite sport. Consider:

1. A...

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L.A. Has a Dog in the Valley's Congressional Hunt

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 8:07 PM

The race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman for the newly configured 30th congressional district, in the San Fernando Valley, is a demonstration of raw human tribalism and our eager propensity to fight over most everything. It demonstrates how substantive similarities between two candidates from the same party...

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Who Needs College? The Answer Might Surprise Newsweek

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:53 PM

Is college fast becoming irrelevant for many or most students? Newsweek made the case last week in a much-discussed cover story. Intriguingly, it made a similar case a generation ago, in another much-discussed cover story titled, "Who Needs College?"

In the spirit of higher...

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The Myth of the 'College Bubble'

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 2:42 PM

A college president once quipped that higher education is one of the few things that a person is willing to pay for but not receive. Another wise observer noted that college is the rare case where the customer tries to get as little as he can for the money.

Given...

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Evangelical Idol: A Christian Political Trinity

(31) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 4:24 PM

To be an evangelical Christian in America today is, for the most part, to be a diehard Republican, maybe even a GOP activist. It is to believe, when one prays to their Heavenly Father, "Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is...

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Management Wisdom: A Healthy Ego or Deadly Blind Spot?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 5:57 PM

Gifted people -- even spectacularly gifted people -- don't necessarily become great leaders. For that, you can blame management "blind spots" that cause most persons to sputter out or crash along the road to the top.

I'm privileged to have had legendary leadership guru Warren Bennis and...

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Is Joe Paterno 'in Heaven'?

(9) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 8:02 AM

Was Joe Paterno a good man? And if you have religious beliefs, do you believe that he is in heaven?

Both questions would seem to be difficult. How you answer them says more about you than about Joe Paterno or about God or heaven.

As any Penn State alum will...

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Why the Future Will Be American

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Asia owns America and outworks America. India outsmarts America. The future is being assembled in Chinese factories. Barring a miracle, the American Age cannot be resuscitated or resurrected. This is conventional wisdom.

Yet none of this wisdom is true today, and quite possibly none of this will ever be...

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Democracy Is Inevitable: Why Warren's Way Still Works

(3) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Hierarchies were the assumed order of organizational life, until people such as Warren Bennis made an unusual discovery more than a half-century ago: Democracy matters.

Democracy matters, not just for great nations, but for great organizations of any kind. Democracy matters, not simply because it's a noble idea, but...

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5 Steps for a Strong Career Launch

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Congratulations on the diploma you're receiving this month, young graduate. Now it's time to get to work... if you can.

Yes, some experts are already warning that you may be a part of a Lost Generation, because of the lack of steady jobs awaiting new graduates....

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From Home Runs to Bunts: The Real Reason Managers Get Nothing Done

(10) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 7:06 PM

Catch most managers in a moment of honesty, and they'll admit they feel less effective than they'd expected to be. The reason, they'll say, is that they're too busy to do the big things they'd hoped to do.

They're kidding themselves and you. Fear is the real reason. Timidity...

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In Search of, Like, Eloquence: Language Zen for College Grads

(119) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Graduating seniors, I don't have to tell you it's a tough job market out there. But if you're ready for some hard work, I'm going to give you an edge over almost everyone else in your age group -- maybe over most people in any age group these days.

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Can Evangelicals Ever Tolerate Gay Marriage?

(173) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:20 PM

What do astrology, watching movies, charging interest, alcohol, gambling, dancing and divorce have in common?

All have been taboo at some point in Christianity-dominated societies of the past two millennia, but all are accommodated or even celebrated by American Christians today. And there is no philosophical or moral reason that...

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Hiring 101: Developing a True Nose for Talent

(8) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Most organizations never reach their full potential, because most managers lack enough honesty and courage to help under-performing or misplaced employees move on to a better place, which we discussed in Firing 101.

Yet even if an organization is able to reorganize in a way that eases...

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Firing 101: Handling Messiness the Humane Way

(11) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Most organizations have many reasons for underachieving: managers can't agree on a strategy, managers can't agree on priorities or managers are unready for twists along the economic landscape. But the most glaring reason for underperformance is that most managers stink at the art of firing people.

The economic and...

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Want to Build a Better World? Go Greek

(34) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 7:32 PM

In a few short weeks, tens of thousands of college students will undertake the ritual of fraternity and sorority recruitment at America's colleges and universities. This will provoke hand-wringing and eye-rolling among many jaded faculty, cynical social activists and concerned parents.

Yet how we see fraternities and sororities may say...

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A Double Game in Pakistan? More Like Double Shame

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:58 PM

Shame is the force that has guided most traditional Asian societies, from the northern tip of Japan to the southern beaches of the subcontinent. Shame is what keeps a child from shunning community obligations, or an adult from taking more than he or she deserves. Shame may, in our psychologically...

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