Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein

Professor
University of Baltimore

Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. He delivers leadership workshops to organizations and blogs at BarryBrownstein.com, and Giving up Control.

Blog Posts

How the government makes natural disasters so much worse

Many of the most expensive flood and storm disasters in US history have occurred in recent decades. The glib response is to blame the severity of these catastrophes on climate change, but are we looking in the wrong direction?

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If you want to be free, it’s time to break through your own resistance.

You can’t overcome Resistance as long as you think the problem is external.… I was too tired, too busy, too upset by events of the day—the self-deception goes on.

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What you don’t know really can’t hurt you, but coercion can.

Seven percent of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Indeed, without the skills, knowledge, and efforts of others, most of us would quickly perish.

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No, you can’t multitask. To succeed, you need to focus.

If you want a great career in the 21st century, you need to stop trying to multitask and start doing “deep work.”

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Forget about your passion. (Advice for new grads)

Why is every career path littered with once-passionate but unsuccessful people?

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What Charles Koch could teach United Airlines

The United crew failed to use common sense because, while they had the best knowledge of the situation, they did not have full decision rights.

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Are Americans getting too much healthcare?

During policy debates on healthcare most people assume that more healthcare leads to better outcomes. What if that assumption is false?

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Who makes the mountain paths? Freedom and the embrace of uncertainty.

The hike to the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire’s White Mountains climbs a steep and rugged 3550 feet over 4 miles. The winter snows bury the rocks; and…

Commerce is pointing the way to a more peaceful and prosperous Cuba.

Commerce brings out the best in human beings by providing incentives to care about others. Those who can’t rise above focusing on their short-term narrow needs have little ability to meet the needs of others.

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