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Join in a Conversation With America

U.S. political leaders have created a “crisis of confidence” that is hamstringing the American economy. Nearly every decision in Washington now is tainted by hyper-partisan enmity. Our political “leaders” wrangle while consumers and business twist in the wind.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has had enough. In a pointed two-page letter to America, Schultz wrote:

Like so many of you, I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington. And also like you, I am frustrated by our political leaders’ steadfast refusal to recognize that, for every day they perpetuate partisan conflict and put ideology over country, America and Americans suffer from the combined effects of paralysis and uncertainty.

On Tuesday, September 6, Schultz will headline a national call-in conversation hosted by No Labels. The goal is to discuss ways we can stop the hyper-partisanship in Washington and start an upward spiral of consumer and business confidence.

That’s the sort of bold, principled leadership you’ll struggle to find in Washington, D.C., and indeed in many boardrooms.

I plan to participate in the call and join Schultz in making change happen. Here are two ways you can join me in restoring America to a nation of principled leadership:

  1. RSVP for and participate in the national call-in conversation on Tuesday, September 6th hosted by “No Labels.” No Labels is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fostering cooperative and more effective government.
  2. Withhold political campaign contributions until Congress and the President agree to a transparent, comprehensive, bipartisan debt-and-deficit package.

To participate in A Conversation with America on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:30pm Eastern, visit You can also join thousands of business leaders by pledging to withhold campaign contributions and to accelerate job creation.

It’s time to realign the conversation in our nation’s Capitol to once again reflect the needs of Americans. Please join me in supporting the vision laid out by a genuine leader in Howard Schultz.

What are you doing to promote effective leadership – supporting core civil values in your world? Are you doing enough? Might you lead more effectively?