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.

Recent blog posts by this author

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...

The Reason So Many Americans Are Ungrateful

From May through October, we buy our produce at a local farm stand owned by a farmer who is vocally anti-Trump. Recently, I overheard the farmer banter with a customer about Trump. To his surprise the customer was an avid Trump supporter. As I...

Stanislav Petrov Saved the World By Thinking For Himself Instead of Following Orders

The world recently learned of the death of the Soviet military hero Stanislav Petrov who saved the world from nuclear war. In 1983, Colonel Petrov was on duty to detect incoming missiles aimed for the Soviet Union. His computer console told him...

Bill de Blasio Dreams of a Communist Future

If you are one of the millions who passes through New York City via the Cross Bronx Expressway, you have seen up close the devastating impact of New York City’s rent controls. As you grip your steering wheel on the poorly maintained expressway and...

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