An email conversation with one of my readers narrowed the gap in our views because we listened to each other and acknowledged each other’s points even when we did not necessarily agree with them. We are all patriots. We need to talk to each other and not at each other about issues impacting our nation.
Will denial of a rail permit to haul liquified natural gas through Philadelphia kill the project?
LNG released during a derailment is not only highly flammable, but also can be explosive, risking a catastrophe to people, property and the environment. There are over 1,000 train derailments each year. When the risk is small, but the result of a derailment could be catastrophic, you don’t take the risk.
Florida’s DeSantis vs. Disney: How will swing voters react to Reedy Creek action?
The GOP used to be the party of limited government interference in the affairs of individuals and companies. No longer. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a possible Republican nominee for the presidency in 2024, is playing to the GOP’s base. Is DeSantis ignoring swing voters? Time will tell.
Customer-facing employees must possess emotional intelligence
How will a front-line customer-facing employee react in a volatile situation with a customer? They will fall back on their experiences, emotional intelligence, common sense and good critical judgment to defuse the situation.
Will Norfolk Southern board hold CEO Alan Shaw accountable for avoiding derailments?
It’s up to the boards and CEOs of railroads to change their mindsets and recognize that they need to be on a mission critical journey to eliminate derailments. Practically, zero derailments will not be achieved, but that needs to be the goal.
Does Norfolk Southern consider derailment avoidance a mission critical imperative?
The Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train in the village of East Palestine, Ohio raises the question—does Norfolk Southern consider avoidance of derailments to be mission critical? The airline and auto industries approach safety as a mission critical imperative. The railroad industry should have the same mindset.
George Santos should be held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity
All lawmakers must be held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. I like the standard to which Warren Buffett held the employees of Salomon Brothers when he served as interim CEO: “Lose money for the firm, and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I will be ruthless.”
With lives at stake, it’s time for Govs. Abbott and DeSantis to forget politics and lead.
A primary responsibility of Govs. Abbott and DeSantis is to keep their citizens safe. Leaders are supposed to lead. It’s time for them to do so.
Lessons learned from Bernie Madoff and history’s largest Ponzi scheme
Remember the adage, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
3 universal lessons taught by the Challenger disaster
This event in history teaches so many fundamental, timeless and important leadership lessons. This year, I focus on 3 important lessons learned from this disaster.
“The Queen’s Gambit” is a lesson in resilience and perseverance
This Netflix miniseries is a lesson in how women have fought against attitudes and cultural norms and have broken through barriers to earn their rightful place within their profession.
A guide to achieving career success
There are universal beliefs, traits and practices that differentiate people that can lead to career success. These can be thought of in five categories: personal attributes, markets, communication, people, and values.