“I was conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say— I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”
Cope, Stephen (2012-09-25). The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling (p. 231). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
A woman. Of color. Who was someone else’s property. Who was illiterate. With debilitating migraines and seizures throughout life due to a head wound received as a child. I went to go see her world close up.
I met Ruby when Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC) was just starting, and I remember that day in 2013 very well. Of course there’s a blog post of it: Washington, DC 2013 Sheroes of the Movement, Leadership.
I had no idea what a delicate situation Ruby was in when during this time. She presented a compelling vision for the future even then, which is what a leader does. Continue reading→
Thanks to Meredith Wise and the team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (@RWJF) Leadership Network, for putting together this story about a connection between myself and Professor Sonya Grier, from American University.
Of course I already blogged about that connection here: Dog Parks & Coffee Shops + Leadership Networks Continue reading→
I gave this presentation, what I call my 2nd TED talk (although not affiliated with an actual TED event, just a person named TED – me), exactly 3 years to the day after I gave my first one, at Henry Ford Health System, in 2012 (see: “Embrace of Failure” – TEDx talk with Regina Holliday ), with awesome leader Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday). Continue reading→
As with a previous work on the birth of Twitter (see: Now Reading: Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal), I like the story, and some of the insights on leadership and innovation.
Great read about leadership and the uniquenes of one person, and also an insight into the commonalities of people born into the baby boomer generation that Steve was a part of.
We can learn as much, if not more, from failure, from promising paths that turn into dead ends. The vision, understanding, patience, and wisdom that informed Steve’s last decade were forged in the trials of these intervening years.
This week’s photograph is a collage of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, from 2015 and 1979. The Center is on a side street in the Shaw neighborhood and is the home to many revolutions in leadership, most notably the end of school segregation in 1955. When I was there recently, I tried … Continue reading Photo Friday: Leading in a world that doesn’t want you to – Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington, DC USA