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James Baker III – Did I Make Them Proud?

by Bernie Swain
James Baker III is an American statesman and attorney. He served as White House Chief of Staff and the United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan, and as U.S. Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. He is the best of what we want in a public statesman. He is the man who made Washington work. He is what Donald Trump can use now. I’m a product of Texas. … Continue reading "James Baker III – Did I Make Them Proud?"

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The Most Powerful Lessons In Life

by Bernie Swain
We receive and absorb good advice and lessons about life and success from countless resources: business executives, thought leaders, and achievers of all kinds. These lessons go a long way to supplying us with the experience and knowledge of others that we can use in our own lives.  A general sampling of those lessons includes (1) lead by example, (2) focus on what is important, (3) be positive, (4) accept failure and adversity as part of learning, and (5) embrace … Continue reading "The Most Powerful Lessons In Life"

Brian Mulroney – From Humble Beginnings

by Bernie Swain
A Canadian politician, Brian Mulroney, came from humble beginnings and a father that valued education. Brian was the 18th Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993. As Prime Minister he brought about major economic reform. Early Family My father, Benedict Martin Mulroney, was from a small village outside Quebec City. He worked as an electrician. My mother, Mary Irene O’Shea, was from a neighboring village. Both were descendants of the first wave of Irish immigrants … Continue reading "Brian Mulroney – From Humble Beginnings"

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John Huntsman Jr. – Bringing It Home

by Bernie Swain
Jon Huntsman is a diplomat and politician serving as Utah's governor from 2005-2009. The Pew Center on the States named Utah the best-managed state while he was governor. Jon explains that it's not always about negativity when you are a politician.  I’ve never thought of myself as an ambitious person. I see myself as a public servant and regard that as an aspect of the giving-back ethos with which I raised. I never thought I would run for public office, … Continue reading "John Huntsman Jr. – Bringing It Home"

Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension

by Bernie Swain
Mike McCurry, press secretary during the tumultuous Clinton years, shares how humor is a humanizing and unifying force, capable of defusing tension and rebooting a discussion. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina. My Dad, William “Joe” McCurry was a country boy, but was also the first in his family to go to college. My Mom, Rosemary, grew up on a farm south of Indianapolis, in the little town of Franklin, Indiana. Faith was important in our family. We were … Continue reading "Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension"