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"I am not aware that any man has ever built on the spot which I occupy. Deliver me from a city built on the site of a more ancient city, whose materials are ruins, whose gardens cemeteries." ―Henry David Thoreau

Adam Trone

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America

America

  • July 4, 2019
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  • Adam

My favorite song from one of my favorite musicals is West Side Story’s "America". For a song written in the 1950s, the message has stood the test of time remarkably well. This isn’t entirely a good thing. If you don't...

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Kwibuka

Kwibuka

  • April 7, 2019
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  • Adam

Today is Kwibuka, the annual commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. This marks 25 years since the tragedy occured, one which cost a million lives. More than 70 percent of Rwanda’s Tutsi and 30 percent of its Twa populations were brutally...

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"That Country"

“That Country”

  • April 3, 2019
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  • Adam

It's disgraceful the extent to which the Trump Administration has turned Puerto Rico into a partisan issue. Puerto Rico gov tweets '#PuertoRicoIsTheUSA' after WH spokesman refers to it as 'that country' The official who twice referred to Puerto Rico --...

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Signaling

Signaling

  • December 6, 2018
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  • Adam

Brands matter. We might not like to admit it, but on account of societal pressure, materialism, insecurity, ego, or -- simply -- subjective tastes, brands really do matter. They can signal something important -- both to ourselves and others. The importance...

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Season of Giving

Season of Giving

  • December 2, 2018
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  • Adam

It's the season of giving. Not socks, not sweaters, not scented candles. It's the season of giving the benefit of the doubt. From time to time, all of us can be judgmental. And for as wonderful as Christmastime is, the...

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Bad News First

Bad News First

  • November 14, 2018
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  • Adam

Next time you find yourself having to decide between doing the good news or the bad news first, start with the bad news. It makes no difference if you’re giving the news or receiving it. Bad news comes first. Something...

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Apologies

Apologies

  • November 11, 2018
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  • Adam

In a world where shysters replace leaders and TV pundits and DJs supplant experts, certain problems arise. Two of these problems — ones I’m seeing more and more — are fake apologies and manufactured outrage. Last week on Saturday Night...

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The Bamboozle

The Bamboozle

  • October 24, 2018
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  • Adam

People are notoriously bad a dealing with cognitive dissonance. Some will do almost anything to avoid it. They tell themselves they use evidence to make rational decisions and move forward from there, but more often than not they’re taking decisions...

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Costanza Analysis

Costanza Analysis

  • October 22, 2018
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  • Adam

There’s a trite quote you’ve probably all heard. Misattributed to everyone from Mark Twain to Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, I — for one — have heard this one far too many times, and yet I repeat it here: “The...

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Attitude Reflects Leadership

Attitude Reflects Leadership

  • October 7, 2018
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  • Adam

In Remember the Titans, there’s a scene that takes place between Julius and Gerry, one I've recently found myself thinking about. I’ll briefly set the stage: the team is struggling, and no one is getting along; the two meet after...

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