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PETER’S PRINCIPLES: A 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed…

YOU JUST LIVED through one of the craziest summers in political memory. For fast relief use PETER’S PRINCIPLES: a 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed. LISTEN to the podcast (it’s just over22 minutes). READ a free preview of the companionbook to the podcast series (it’s five pages long): FOREWORD Previously, we released short podcast excerpts from interviews that illustrate PETER’S PRINCIPLES such as: Rule of Law & Loyalty & Pragmatic Dreams Isn’t it good to know we have aMade-in-Albertaantidote to the current political and economic chaos? Tell your friends and colleagues on social media about PETER’S PRINCIPLES: a 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed. And if you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the series and the blog. Thanks! credits_introduction_foreword

22 MIN2018 SEP 20
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PETER’S PRINCIPLES: A 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed…

Peter’s Principles: RULE OF LAW

CHARLIE FISCHERis a retired energy executive with fire in the belly. As former President & CEO of Nexen Inc., he led the company during a pivotal time in the development of the Alberta oil sands. In 2013, Nexen was sold to China’s CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation). In July of this year, Don Hill and I spoke with Charlie. He bristled at the thought of what’s happened to the investment climate in Alberta.He’s deeply concerned business and foreign capital is taking a pass on the province and Canada. Making Alberta an attractive place for investment is one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation with CHARLIE FISCHER: WE’VE INTERVIEWED MANY ALBERTANS who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Peter Lougheed & his exceptional team; people likeCHARLIE FISCHERwho have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post podcasts and even chapters of our book–PETER’S PRINCIPLES—in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about t...

4 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Peter’s Principles: RULE OF LAW

Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

BRENT HARDING worked on the inside of Alberta’s provincial government, including service with Minister Merv Leitch, a member of Peter Lougheed’s first cabinet in 1971. Like many civil servants I worked alongside in government, Brent is thoughtful, meticulous even, in his approach to serious questions like how and why did he feel part of Lougheed’s vision for Alberta. Don Hill and I spoke with Brent recently. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation; Brent talked about pragmatic dreams, one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. WE’VE INTERVIEWED MANY ALBERTANS who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Lougheed & his exceptional team; people like BRENT HARDING who have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post more excerpts in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about the articles & podcasts. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe.

5 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

GEORGE DE RAPPARD is an Albertan who worked alongside Peter Lougheed for years (at one time as chief of staff in the Premier’s Office). George witnessed first-hand Premier Lougheed’s leadership and some pivotal moments in the province’s political history. Don Hill and I spoke with George recently. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation; George talked about loyalty, one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. STAY TUNED to this space. We’ve interviewed many Albertans who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Lougheed & his exceptional team; people like George de Rappard who have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post more excerpts in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about the articles & podcasts. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe. Donna Kennedy-Glans, July 13th, 2018

4 MIN2018 JUL 14
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Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

What can you say about the Ontario provincial election? We — Donna Kennedy-Glans & Don Hill — have been speaking with people in Peter Lougheed’s circle of political colleagues, friends, admirers, and even critics (albeit it’s been friendly fire). And the thing that keeps coming up is how Peter Lougheed never spoke about being in power, but rather ‘in service’ to Albertans. Is this a reminder and message Millennials need to hear? And what’s it going to be in Ontario — a provincial government in service or in power? PLEASE LISTEN to D2 (Donna & Don talking) about the election in Ontario, and what the result might foreshadow for upcoming provincial elections in Quebec, this fall, and next spring in Alberta (not to forget the federal election in 2019).

-1 s2018 JUN 9
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Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

Build From-Don’t Attack

We’ve started in on making Peter’s Principles, talking to people who worked alongside Peter Lougheed, and gaining support for the project. And last week, Don Hill and I learned about the secret sauce that launched a political dynasty in Alberta. Listen to our Podcast here:

-1 s2018 JUN 1
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Build From-Don’t Attack

Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES Beyond Polarity

A GENERATION AGO, Peter Lougheed was the leader of Alberta. Our oil & gas wealth was the envy of the nation. So much so, Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister at the time, along with his minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Marc Lalonde, created the National Energy Program. In response, Premier Lougheed and his cabinet thought long and hard about what to do in response to this heavy-handed federal incursion. Turn down the taps – sound familiar? That’s one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES – be formidable, and lead smart. LISTEN TOAN EXCERPT from a conversation my colleague Don Hill had with Peter Lougheed in 2011. https://beyondpolarity.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PETERS-PRINCIPLES_announce.mp3 Over the summer, I’ll tell you more about how you can participate and support a series of new podcasts & broadcasts about this extraordinary leader, his principles of leadership, and how we can put PETER’S PRINCIPLES into practice today. TELL YOUR FRIENDS and if you haven’t already, please su...

6 MIN2018 MAY 29
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Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES Beyond Polarity

The Conservative Conundrum

I have a challenge you can help me with. Right now, and please don’t second-guess yourself, think of the word conservative. What does it mean to you? Hold that thought, please. While I’m quite comfortable with change, I also take comfort in tradition. I believe in standards & best practices. I believe in the rule of law – I’m a lawyer – I value the principles given to me by my elders. That’s what I mean by conservative. And I’m not afraid to say that out loud. In fact, I’m tired of hearing ‘conservative’ being framed, often disparagingly, as a right-winger with views cast in concrete. It’s polarizing. People are simply trotting out a script. My journalist colleague calls it ‘message track’. For a moment, please resist the temptation to pick a political ‘side’. Here’s the challenge I mentioned off the top: What do you mean by conservative? I live in Alberta, so the question for me starts with what it means to be a conservative here. I grew up in Ontario, and although ...

4 MIN2018 MAY 29
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The Conservative Conundrum

IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

A FINAL big idea. Sometimes, you need to be formidable. I’ve been on the ‘weaker’ side of many polarities over my life. Born a female in a patriarchal farming family. Working as a woman in a male-saturated oil industry. When I joined my husband’s Lutheran church, a place where women can’t be faith leaders and couldn’t even vote when I first joined. Working in countries around the world where daughters were invisible. I know that I have ‘white privilege’. I am aware of it and at the same time I’ve experienced great frustration in the places where I am less privileged. Acknowledging the diversity within yourself–and reconciling that– can be helpful as you move into the work of reconciling with others. As explained, I’ve usually assumed some change leadership role from the edge of the inside of these places – my family, energy companies, the church, the communities where I lived, political parties. Gratefully, I can see the small wins and sustain some level of confidence t...

5 MIN2018 MAY 27
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IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power

WE ALL HOLD POWER when it comes to decision-making. You may have top-down authority to make a decision. You may have the expertise and credibility to influence a decision, to offer up new ideas. You may have the legitimacy to constructively dissent to a decision that affects you directly. You may be motivated to block implementation of a decision that you don’t like. Making or influencing or blocking a decision that affects others is a big deal. It’s a choice, a skill and a responsibility. It is a precious power. As a politician, it was a serious responsibility making policy choices on behalf of constituents. One of the most precious decisions I ever made was to support Gay-Straight-Alliances (GSAs) in schools. Decision-making here was tricky. Provincial politicians decide policy. Advocates and parents and school boards all speak for students. Yet a decision about expressing one’s sexuality is profoundly personal. As we all know youth who haven’t shared their sexual identity wit...

4 MIN2018 MAY 20
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IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power

Latest Episodes

PETER’S PRINCIPLES: A 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed…

YOU JUST LIVED through one of the craziest summers in political memory. For fast relief use PETER’S PRINCIPLES: a 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed. LISTEN to the podcast (it’s just over22 minutes). READ a free preview of the companionbook to the podcast series (it’s five pages long): FOREWORD Previously, we released short podcast excerpts from interviews that illustrate PETER’S PRINCIPLES such as: Rule of Law & Loyalty & Pragmatic Dreams Isn’t it good to know we have aMade-in-Albertaantidote to the current political and economic chaos? Tell your friends and colleagues on social media about PETER’S PRINCIPLES: a 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed. And if you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the series and the blog. Thanks! credits_introduction_foreword

22 MIN2018 SEP 20
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PETER’S PRINCIPLES: A 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed…

Peter’s Principles: RULE OF LAW

CHARLIE FISCHERis a retired energy executive with fire in the belly. As former President & CEO of Nexen Inc., he led the company during a pivotal time in the development of the Alberta oil sands. In 2013, Nexen was sold to China’s CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation). In July of this year, Don Hill and I spoke with Charlie. He bristled at the thought of what’s happened to the investment climate in Alberta.He’s deeply concerned business and foreign capital is taking a pass on the province and Canada. Making Alberta an attractive place for investment is one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation with CHARLIE FISCHER: WE’VE INTERVIEWED MANY ALBERTANS who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Peter Lougheed & his exceptional team; people likeCHARLIE FISCHERwho have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post podcasts and even chapters of our book–PETER’S PRINCIPLES—in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about t...

4 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Peter’s Principles: RULE OF LAW

Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

BRENT HARDING worked on the inside of Alberta’s provincial government, including service with Minister Merv Leitch, a member of Peter Lougheed’s first cabinet in 1971. Like many civil servants I worked alongside in government, Brent is thoughtful, meticulous even, in his approach to serious questions like how and why did he feel part of Lougheed’s vision for Alberta. Don Hill and I spoke with Brent recently. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation; Brent talked about pragmatic dreams, one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. WE’VE INTERVIEWED MANY ALBERTANS who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Lougheed & his exceptional team; people like BRENT HARDING who have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post more excerpts in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about the articles & podcasts. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe.

5 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Peter’s Principles: PRAGMATIC DREAMS

Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

GEORGE DE RAPPARD is an Albertan who worked alongside Peter Lougheed for years (at one time as chief of staff in the Premier’s Office). George witnessed first-hand Premier Lougheed’s leadership and some pivotal moments in the province’s political history. Don Hill and I spoke with George recently. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation; George talked about loyalty, one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES. STAY TUNED to this space. We’ve interviewed many Albertans who worked with, or were influenced by Premier Lougheed & his exceptional team; people like George de Rappard who have insights on Lougheed’s leadership principles. We’ll continue to post more excerpts in the weeks to come. TELL YOUR FRIENDS about the articles & podcasts. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe. Donna Kennedy-Glans, July 13th, 2018

4 MIN2018 JUL 14
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Peter’s Principles: LOYALTY

Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

What can you say about the Ontario provincial election? We — Donna Kennedy-Glans & Don Hill — have been speaking with people in Peter Lougheed’s circle of political colleagues, friends, admirers, and even critics (albeit it’s been friendly fire). And the thing that keeps coming up is how Peter Lougheed never spoke about being in power, but rather ‘in service’ to Albertans. Is this a reminder and message Millennials need to hear? And what’s it going to be in Ontario — a provincial government in service or in power? PLEASE LISTEN to D2 (Donna & Don talking) about the election in Ontario, and what the result might foreshadow for upcoming provincial elections in Quebec, this fall, and next spring in Alberta (not to forget the federal election in 2019).

-1 s2018 JUN 9
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Ontario Election: PCs in service or in power?

Build From-Don’t Attack

We’ve started in on making Peter’s Principles, talking to people who worked alongside Peter Lougheed, and gaining support for the project. And last week, Don Hill and I learned about the secret sauce that launched a political dynasty in Alberta. Listen to our Podcast here:

-1 s2018 JUN 1
Comments
Build From-Don’t Attack

Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES Beyond Polarity

A GENERATION AGO, Peter Lougheed was the leader of Alberta. Our oil & gas wealth was the envy of the nation. So much so, Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister at the time, along with his minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Marc Lalonde, created the National Energy Program. In response, Premier Lougheed and his cabinet thought long and hard about what to do in response to this heavy-handed federal incursion. Turn down the taps – sound familiar? That’s one of PETER’S PRINCIPLES – be formidable, and lead smart. LISTEN TOAN EXCERPT from a conversation my colleague Don Hill had with Peter Lougheed in 2011. https://beyondpolarity.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PETERS-PRINCIPLES_announce.mp3 Over the summer, I’ll tell you more about how you can participate and support a series of new podcasts & broadcasts about this extraordinary leader, his principles of leadership, and how we can put PETER’S PRINCIPLES into practice today. TELL YOUR FRIENDS and if you haven’t already, please su...

6 MIN2018 MAY 29
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Peter’s Principles: NEW SERIES Beyond Polarity

The Conservative Conundrum

I have a challenge you can help me with. Right now, and please don’t second-guess yourself, think of the word conservative. What does it mean to you? Hold that thought, please. While I’m quite comfortable with change, I also take comfort in tradition. I believe in standards & best practices. I believe in the rule of law – I’m a lawyer – I value the principles given to me by my elders. That’s what I mean by conservative. And I’m not afraid to say that out loud. In fact, I’m tired of hearing ‘conservative’ being framed, often disparagingly, as a right-winger with views cast in concrete. It’s polarizing. People are simply trotting out a script. My journalist colleague calls it ‘message track’. For a moment, please resist the temptation to pick a political ‘side’. Here’s the challenge I mentioned off the top: What do you mean by conservative? I live in Alberta, so the question for me starts with what it means to be a conservative here. I grew up in Ontario, and although ...

4 MIN2018 MAY 29
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The Conservative Conundrum

IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

A FINAL big idea. Sometimes, you need to be formidable. I’ve been on the ‘weaker’ side of many polarities over my life. Born a female in a patriarchal farming family. Working as a woman in a male-saturated oil industry. When I joined my husband’s Lutheran church, a place where women can’t be faith leaders and couldn’t even vote when I first joined. Working in countries around the world where daughters were invisible. I know that I have ‘white privilege’. I am aware of it and at the same time I’ve experienced great frustration in the places where I am less privileged. Acknowledging the diversity within yourself–and reconciling that– can be helpful as you move into the work of reconciling with others. As explained, I’ve usually assumed some change leadership role from the edge of the inside of these places – my family, energy companies, the church, the communities where I lived, political parties. Gratefully, I can see the small wins and sustain some level of confidence t...

5 MIN2018 MAY 27
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IDEA #7: When you must, be formidable

IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power

WE ALL HOLD POWER when it comes to decision-making. You may have top-down authority to make a decision. You may have the expertise and credibility to influence a decision, to offer up new ideas. You may have the legitimacy to constructively dissent to a decision that affects you directly. You may be motivated to block implementation of a decision that you don’t like. Making or influencing or blocking a decision that affects others is a big deal. It’s a choice, a skill and a responsibility. It is a precious power. As a politician, it was a serious responsibility making policy choices on behalf of constituents. One of the most precious decisions I ever made was to support Gay-Straight-Alliances (GSAs) in schools. Decision-making here was tricky. Provincial politicians decide policy. Advocates and parents and school boards all speak for students. Yet a decision about expressing one’s sexuality is profoundly personal. As we all know youth who haven’t shared their sexual identity wit...

4 MIN2018 MAY 20
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IDEA #6: Decision-making is a precious power
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