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

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...

We the People Don't Need a President's Plan

Hillary Clinton has a “plan.” I live in a “battleground state” so Clinton shared her plan with me in commercials, over and over and over again, through Saturday afternoon college football. Clinton’s plan is to spend more taxpayer money. Her spending...

Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

"The American Dream is dead,” Donald Trump has proclaimed. Trump assures us not to worry because he is “gonna make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before." And then comes Trumps’ oft-repeated punchline: “We are going to make America...

Seeing Others as Collectively Evil Is the Root of All Evil

Philip Zimbardo, a former president of the American Psychological Association, observed that the American soldiers who committed atrocities at the Abu Ghraib prison were not inherently evil: “The line between good and evil is permeable. Any of us...

Our Grievances Fuel Political Demagogues

“I was grocery shopping and someone banged my foot with their shopping cart,” said a participant in a workshop I was conducting with a large organization. “They made me mad!” Defensive and indignant, the participant went on to tell how he didn’t...

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