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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

February 13, 2019

As you might expect from a retired Four-Star General, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a former Secretary of State, Colin Powell has packed this book with insight and almost indispensable wisdom regarding leadership and effective public service.  I have always admired the man base...

December 11, 2018

We have twelve years to save the planet. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have less than two decades to make the significant strides necessary to avoid catastrophic and truly irreversible impacts of global climate change accelerated by our use of fossil fuels.


June 26, 2017

It’s no surprise Jim Collins has taken the success and accuracy of Good to Great, and raised the bar in Great By Choice. In this very applicable and challenging book, Collins and Morten Hansen lay out basic principles for achieving greatness in organizations. No surprise, greatness happens because o...

March 30, 2017

The Starfish and the Spider is a great – and quick – read for anyone interested in introducing flexibility and adaptability in to centralized teams and working environments, and in making decentralized organizations more structured.

More and more in project management I see this tug of war between...

June 14, 2014

I first came across Martha Johnson’s story in the Washington Post. I was incredibly intrigued, though not surprised, at the inner workings of the head of a large government organization, particularly how being its leader at the wrong time – even though she had nothing to do with why it was in journa...

June 2, 2011

A great light has gone out. R. Sargent Shriver, one of my personal heroes and a man who has done more to advance the causes of peace, human rights, and justice than anyone in decades, has passed away.

I assume you are familiar with the getting-to-know-you question: If you could have dinner with one p...

March 26, 2010

I’m currently in a class called Leaders and Leadership. one this semester’s classes. It doesn’t have a direct link to my concentration within SAIS’ International Relations program, but it’s a topic I love and I decided taking it would be a small gift to myself.

This week we talked leadership through...

December 4, 2009

I have a long list of topics I could write about but the one that is in my craw right now is the President’s address two nights ago regarding a way forward in Afghanistan. A group of us watched it at school, largely as a study break.

In short, it sounded like a much more coherent explanation of what...

January 21, 2009

As I have mentioned before, I love stuff like this. I not only love the peaceful transition of power, I love that our Constitution defines when and how it takes place. There is something very special, for me anyway, about being a witness to this. I remember watching it because I was forced to when I...

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