Author Archives: Tom Nees

How People Become Leaders

As I think about the leaders I’ve known and served with through the years I still wonder – how did they become leaders? According to Nancy Koehn, in her recent book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in … Continue reading

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10 Books That Kept Me Awake in 2017

A suggested remedy for insomnia is to read a book. That may be a better way to fall asleep than watching TV, a computer or other devices with screens that may disrupt sleep. But I want books that keep me … Continue reading

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Are Leaders Born, Made – or Neither?

While reading Grant, Ron Chernow’s best selling biography of Ulysses S. Grant, I came across Amy Cunningham’s blog The Leadership Triangle, in which she asks if leaders are made, born or neither. She suggests that we need to change our paradigm … Continue reading

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A Night of Hope

During its annual Night Of Hope on Thursday, October 12, the Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., raised over $400,000 – celebrating “Hope Across the City.” Bob Sloan, for 25 years the CEO of Sibley Hospital, pictured here between me … Continue reading

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‘The Pastoral Role’

There came a moment when reading “When Breathe Becomes Air” (66 weeks now on the NY Times best seller list) that I put the book aside to reflect.   It wasn’t just that it is a heartbreaking memoir of a physician … Continue reading

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Is America Racist?

A friend sent me a WSJ article by Shelby Steele: “Why The Left Can’t Let Go of Racism.” It begins with a question, “Is America racist?’’ In the wake of Charlottesville he wanted to know what I think of the … Continue reading

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Charlottesville

If you are Jewish, African American or Native American you may not be that surprised at the rally and protests in Charlottesville this past weekend. You are not surprised when white supremacists spew out their racism and anti-Semitism. If you … Continue reading

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The Serenity Prayer – and The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

The Serenity Prayer, originally composed in 1943 by the pastor-theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) for the troops in WWII, resonates as much now as ever in our public as well as personal lives. God, give us grace to accept with serenity … Continue reading

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How Well Do We Handle Adversity?

I’ve been thinking a lot about that question having recently read Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg, CEO of Facebook and Adam Grant, a best-selling author and psychologist at Warton. It may be because … Continue reading

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The Problem with Empathy

A few days after reading Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, by Yale psychologist Paul Bloom, I was stopped in Washington, D.C., traffic.  A disheveled, crippled man made his way between the traffic lanes past my car with a hand-written … Continue reading

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