Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein

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Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. To receive Barry's essays subscribe at Mindset Shifts.

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Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Shows the Founders Were Right About the Presidency

Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury is an exposé of President Trump. If even half of it is true, it is hard to not feel disgusted and terrified. Those who work with Trump in the White House paint a portrait of a man who combines moral bankruptcy...

The Instant Pot Can Teach Us a Lot About Capitalism (and the Key to Entrepreneurial Success)

You don’t have to search far to read claims that capitalism is centered on greed and selfishness. For some, the assertion seems self-evident as they read, for example, stories of pharmaceutical companies dramatically increasing the price of...

Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail Because You're Not Listening

If you are like me, you’ve resolved to make changes in your life only to experience the frustration of sliding back into old habits.   Knowing you need to make a change, you’ve set your goal. On Day 1, all goes well. By Day 2, the pull of...

What Robin Williams Taught Us About Kindness

Kate Osher, a writer and attorney, last year told a story about tragedy and the kindness of a famous stranger. Osher’s husband had committed suicide. Following his wishes, she was on a “travel quest” to scatter his ashes in places that had...

Are 'Grinch Bots' Stealing Christmas?

When I was a young boy, if I whined over the trivial, my grandmother would say with patience and firmness, “Let’s not make a federal case over this.” You’re probably not concerned over the price of Fingerlings toys, but Senate Minority Leader...

What We Can Learn from David Cassidy’s Dying Words

Recently, pop idol David Cassidy of Partridge Family fame passed away at the age of 67. According to his estranged daughter Katie, his dying words were “so much wasted time.” Months before he passed, Cassidy foreshadowed the meaning behind his...

How Government Takes from Workers to Help the Wealthy

The list is short of politicians who are economically literate. Until recently, I was unaware of Pierre Poilievre, a member of the Canadian Parliament. In a speech to the House of Commons, Poilievre demonstrated his economic literacy as he explained...

5 Ways to Not Let Politics Ruin Thanksgiving

Political divisions are ugly, and those divisions have spilled over onto the Thanksgiving table. One study found that “partisan differences cost American families 62 million person-hours of Thanksgiving time.” Presumably those same differences are...

Phubbing is a Sign You Might Have a Problem

We have all been there. We’ve been slighted by the person we are speaking with as they reach for their smartphone to check a social media notification. This practice of snubbing is so common that in 2012, the Macquarie Dictionary helped to  ...

5 Strategies for Using Time More Effectively

Cal Newport is the author of two of the most influential non-fiction books of the past decade, So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work. Recently, he recommended the delightful 1910 book How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by the Englishman Arnold...

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