July 23, 2020
John Lewis Will Never Lose Hope
John Lewis died last week at 80 from pancreatic cancer. A giant of a man in so many ways, from his life story , his speech (at the age of 23) at the March on Washington , to Bloody Sunda y , when police fractured his skull while he was demonstrating peacefully, to his 34-year career in the House Of Representatives.
Virtually everyone from every political viewpoint looked up to Lewis - not just as an icon, but as a leader – who would consistently do what he believed was right. Not because it was popular or expedient, but because it was right. Few leaders do that anymore.
The son of sharecroppers, he lived and saw enough in his lifetime to earn the right to despair. But what I admired most about him was he never did despair; indeed he saw the opportunity in everything, even the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Here is his last interview, given just a month ago.

John Lewis Will Never Lose Hope (New York Magazine)
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Leading With Patience
Anyone who know me knows that patience is not a strong suit with me. (I once overheard Jamie Baker, my longtime Operations Director, tell a vendor that “Eric has no tech patience”. I was going to get mad until I realized she was right).
The world right now is impatient, but leaders need to be patient (as much as possible). These professors offer suggestions on how to do that
And a final quote:

" When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. Your children and their children will ask us, ‘What did you do? What did you say?’”
John Lewis (1940-2020)
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