The National Security Agency has again asked Brookings Executive Education (BEE) to provide instruction on conflict resolution to executives at NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, MD. BEE’s goal is to support the men and women who serve our country with cutting-edge leadership courses, either at the Brookings facility in Washington, DC, or onsite at the requesting agency. The BEE instructor retained for this purpose is Paul Paese, of PMC. Paul will teach “Strategies for Conflict Resolution” at Fort Meade later this month, and again in 2020. Paul is excited to have the opportunity to continue working with the distinguished executives at NSA.
The editors of the American Journal of Business have re-appointed PMC President, Paul Paese, to their editorial advisory board. AJB focuses on how research-based theories and models support management practices, and offers practical advice on a wide range of business and management problems. The journal’s audience is the wider business community, including both practitioners and academic scholars. The role of the advisory board is to provide strategic guidance on the content and direction of the Journal. As a professor-turned-consultant, Paul sees this role as fitting perfectly with his background and expertise, and he is happy to continue serving on the board.
This month PMC President, Paul Paese, will complete his year as 94th President of the Rotary Club of Kirkwood, Missouri. Kirkwood Rotary has an active membership of approximately 90 professionals and business owners, and is engaged in both local and international service. Under Paul’s leadership, the Kirkwood club has maintained its strong membership, despite state and national trends of decreasing membership. In addition to the Kirkwood club’s usual service and charitable activities, new fund-raising efforts were undertaken this year to support clean water initiatives in Ethiopia. Club members also helped with a local effort to remove invasive honeysuckle from a local park. Paul has truly enjoyed his year as president and is grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this exceptional club.
Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has invited Paul Paese, of PMC, to continue teaching open enrollment and outreach courses, this year focusing on conflict resolution and effective leadership communication. BEE is a partnership of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The Brookings Institution and Washington University share a common benefactor and visionary in Robert S. Brookings. The mission of BEE is to deliver on Robert Brookings’ desire to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge” to those in and engaged with government. Starting last month and continuing into June, Paul will be teaching two Brookings courses: “Leading Through Empathic Communication” and “Strategies for Conflict Resolution.”
Leaders need strength to be successful. While this obvious truth is widely recognized, opinions differ on what constitutes “strength.” In the eyes of many, strength means standing firm, winning your position, exuding confidence, and minimizing vulnerability. At PMC, our clients are often surprised to hear that we see vulnerability as a key source of leadership strength. Which is stronger, a leader who advocates a position and stands firm until others bend? Or a leader who advocates a position while remaining open to different views, even inviting challenge from others? Leaders who take the path of openness will naturally feel vulnerable. Paradoxically, this vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but rather a clear indication of leadership strength.
Here at PMC we are concerned, as many Americans are, by how deeply divided our country continues to be both politically and ideologically. But in this age of division, let us remember the words contained in the Seal of the United States – E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.” Lively political discourse is essential for a healthy nation, of course. Yet even as we debate, we are still one. It’s easy to forget this crucial fact. The more mindful we are of our national unity, the more peaceful we will be toward each other, despite our ideological differences. And who knows? If we can see beyond our political divisions, what’s to prevent us from defining our loyalties even more broadly? As Martin Luther King said so famously: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Here’s wishing us all some perspective in these tumultuous times.