Beyond Crossed-Out Lines

It can be hard to move beyond familiar cadences. Arriving on K-State’s campus for class every Thursday I’m greeted by the sounds of the K-State marching band. A familiar cadence — rhythmic beats matching a steady tempo. Predictable. Much like the amount of items...

A life of working across factions

Nelson Mandela The death of Nelson Mandela yesterday at age 95 sparked a flurry of wonderful remembrances for a man who peacefully liberated his country from Apartheid and became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years as a political prisoner. But...

Changing the focus of leadership

The ideas being advanced by Ronald Heifetz, a professor of public leadership at Harvard Kennedy’s School, have been extremely influential in the development of the Kansas Leadership Center’s approach to leadership for the common good. Heifetz, whose was...

Harnessing the power of civic spaces

It’s so easy these days to get lost in what we have to do at home and at work. But the use of civic spaces, where we can share stories and build relationships with new people and solidify our connections with old friends, represent an important way of exposing...

Getting beyond the numbers

It will take “human resources” to change the trend lines surrounding childhood poverty in Kansas, Kansas Leadership Center President and CEO Ed O’Malley wrote in a Sunday Op-Ed commentary in The Wichita Eagle. Nearly 2 out of every 10 children in...