In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.
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This post originally appeared in 2016, and I thought reposting it today, on his last day in office, would be good timing:
Regular readers know that I was a community organizer for nineteen years, and a key organizing adage goes something like this: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be effective?
I’ve written a lot about that perspective at The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise and at The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.
Today, President Obama provided that same analysis as the central part of his commencement speech today at Howard University, and it was excellent.
Here’s a short excerpt:
You can read the entire transcript of his remarks here, and it’s worth the time.
Here’s the video of his speech:
In addition to adding this post to the “Best” lists I’ve previously mentioned, I’ll also be putting it on The Best Commencement Speeches list.
Addendum: Here a good NY Times article about his speech.