“Trivial Pursuit”

With the ongoing 2016 Rio Olympic Games, our minds focus on the pursuit of athletic victory, especially for our USA athletes. Athletic work has preoccupied these Olympians for many years. Winning, the focus of their upward journey, is near, so near. And those who...

“Lost and Found”

  From a distance, and for some time, two sisters—Lady Liberty and Lady Justice—struggle to find their way. They are, to put it simply, lost. Really lost. Their nation, our nation—our beloved nation—is Paradise Lost, to borrow John Milton’s famous phrase. Too...

“For Whom Does the Bell Toll?”

We are at a critical inflection point as a nation, a culture, and society. Today we face many challenges, including anemic economic growth and contentious political in-fighting. All around us, we confront misunderstood issues and capacities. Like oxygen to iron,...

“Mirror, Mirror “

In the late 1970s, Dan Gable and his cadre of coaches were ahead of their time, and very mindful of this fact. The Hawkeye coaching staff understood that physical injuries don’t derail a team or an individual. Rather, it is the lack of confidence that weakens an...

“The Words We Use”, part 2

As captured in part one, The Words We Use, innovation is an oscillating process between success and failure, planning and prototype, and rethinking and reimagining. Success is virtually impossible without failure. It’s okay to admit it: We all think about maximizing...