Another week another Sunday Papers (all from the NY Times), this time with a Triple Vente Latte from the Starbucks in West LA:
- Another viewpoint on the diabetes problem – here’s a sobering fact; the US “leads the world in the per capita rate of diabetes”. How can this be? Bad diets withtoo much sugar and fast foods, a poor national health policy tilted away from proper diet and excercise, and the rising cost of health care are all culprits. This needs more attention in Washington. Soon.
- Nicholas Kristof (subscription required) tries to solve our “addiction to oil” (see previous post) with “100-MPG cars”. He talks about “Plug-in Hybrids” that you can pop into your garage electrical outlet every night. Better yet, this technology is available NOW. Kristof quotes former CIA director Woosley: “None of this requires a Manhattan Project,” notes James Woolsey, the former C.I.A. director, an ardent fan of plug-in hybrids to achieve greater energy autonomy and stop subsidizing extremism and dictatorships in the Middle East. Now, he says, government incentives are needed so that auto companies take the financial risk of producing plug-in hybrids. Now, will this happen? Hard to say. I’ll leave you with Kristof’s coda: Mr. Bush was forthright in acknowledging America’s oil addiction, but he sometimes sounded like an addict who declares he’s going to quit “tomorrow.” Let’s start now. Amen.
- Lastly, Paul Brown reviews several leadership books centering around the concept of courage. One book calls it “principled conduct under pressure”. Another says “you need to walk the talk” by having “character, defined as the ability to deal with reality”. The third talks about being an “authentic leader”. Here’s the money quote: “Your colleagues — potential followers — have a simple but basic need: They want to be led by a person, not by a corporate apparatchik,” they write. “It is unlikely that you will be able to inspire, arouse, excite or motivate people unless you can show them who you are, what you stand for, and what you can and cannot do.” I can’t argue with any of this – my leadership philosphy is quite similar in that I believe that a good leader has to be “real” -there has to be a feeling, caring, passionate, approachable and committed person underneath the corporate mask – and yes, that takes courage. It’s too easy to keep that “offical” vaneer draped around you which deals only with facts, figures and situations. Oh, it’s also good to keep the glass half full (of course!).