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20 April 2020

In recent days, claims have begun to emerge from numerous states that the Trump Administration writ large is seizing urgently-needed medical goods being imported or distributed to states, hospitals, and first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s only one problem — no one appears to be doing actual journalism. In none of the articles linked above are there quotes from medical supply chain experts, active importers of PPE, logistics professionals, or federal law enforcement officials familiar with FEMA’s National Response Framework for emergency management.

This is evident from an impassioned open letter authored by FEMA Administrator Peter…


“God creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in this world, and that mechanism is called suffering.”

~ Shadowlands

Growing up, I was a selfish child. My parents set everything aside for me and worked towards my own interest, even as I was usually blissfully ungrateful for their herculean efforts. …


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The concept of Auftragstaktik (or “Mission Command”) dictates that human beings are most set up for success when they are internally motivated to achieve a common purpose, and provided with the tools, resources, and latitude to chase that purpose in their own way.

I believed then, and still do, that leading people is not science — it’s a form of “magic” that comprises many elements and emotions, and only a small number of would-be leaders ever understand how to wield it. Understandably, the expense and frustration of keeping all those frogs in the bucket incites many organizational managers to seek ways to minimize headcount while leveraging every procedural and technological resource to compensate for a diminished pool of human capital. …

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