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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Is Tribalism the Worst Idea in History?

My student, the color drained from his face, explained that a blood feud had just begun that would continue for generations. I had been teaching an MBA class when this student — a Kurd from Turkey — received an emergency phone call from home. In...

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

“THANK YOU to our patrons. We look forward to a GREAT 2017” read the chalked sidewalk sign outside a small New England natural foods store near my home. Do you see a hidden message in this sign? Some thought the word “GREAT” was a code word of...

A Lesson We All Can Learn from the Chicago Torture Case

The kidnaping and torturing of a white, special-needs teenager by four black teenagers in Chicago has horrified the country. Details of the attack point to racial hatred, but Matt Walsh wonders if something “worse” also was behind the depravity of...

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

Have you ever eaten an apple cider doughnut? I hadn’t; but I was craving one. My wife and I were hiking on a beautiful fall day. The first leg of the hike was unrelentingly steep. Sometimes at the beginning of a hike, my mind fills with...

Why the Hell Are Politicians Trying to Run Airlines?

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate minority leader, is angry that United Airlines is planning to charge an overhead bin fee to passengers buying the cheapest economy seats. Consider your customer service experience. Who...

What Spawned Abdul Artan’s Rage?

Abdul Artan was the Somali immigrant who recently terrorized the Ohio State campus. A fellow student described Abdul as “measured and intellectual, not angry or violent.” A friend described him as “sweet and humble” and said Abdul “loved America.”...

3 Reasons We Don’t We Feel More Gratitude for Our Bounty

It is easy to overlook how much we are supported by the world; how little we give and how much we get. My local organic farmer gambled this year with late plantings, and the weather cooperated. In mid-November he picked for us bushels of kale,...

Twitter Doesn’t Realize that Protecting Hate Speech Promotes Tolerance

Does freedom to speak in ways that others consider “offensive” or “hateful” threaten minorities or does it protect minorities? Before you answer, please consider one of the means by which abolitionists sought to change public opinion about slavery...

Our Expectations Are Making Us Miserable

HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm offers a hilarious look at an ego on steroids. In each episode Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld), playing himself, tries to make himself more comfortable by making the world go his way. In the process he steps over...

What if Your Grievances Are a Fantasy?

Consider this. You wake from a restless night’s sleep. You find yourself thinking about your 2:00 p.m. meeting. A colleague with whom past interactions have been difficult will be there. You vividly remember his sarcastic put down of your idea for a...

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