I was introduced to the legacy of the late Warren Bennis this week. The innovative scholar on leadership has written that leaders are people who do the right thing, and managers are people who do things right. Mayors, governors and presidents need to be good at both. And one problem with political campaigns is that voters often don't get to see how candidates will handle their shot at either. Or do they? Politicians get an opportunity to show voters what they are made of more often than some might think. The ground contamination of lead and arsenic in East Chicago is a ...

This morning I read a column in the Indianapolis Business Journal written by Marshawn Wolley.  He is an impressive young man who I was lucky enough to meet and work with on an issue this winter.  His column serves as a precursor to April 4, a famous date in American history, and of particular notoriety in Indianapolis. April 4, 1968 is the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.  That evening in Indianapolis, Bobby Kennedy, while on a presidential campaign stop, made the announcement of Dr. King's death in his famous speech calling out for peace.  Indianapolis gave ...

There is a battle going on in the Indiana Statehouse.  And it isn't the one you might think I mean. It reminds me of a cage match.  It is very much like that barbaric cross between wrestling, boxing and street fighting where there is no escape from the conflict contained within the cage.  Some might think I am making the analogy between supporters of civil rights for the LGBT community and the evangelical conservatives who oppose them.  But I am not. The conflict to which I refer is the one within the heart and soul of each individual decision maker in the ...