A lot people in the U.S. owe an apology to Taiwan

A Sorry State is on the road! Well, technically, it is north/west on 94 in Milwaukee, where I have been working with a great team at Summerfest with an exciting Taiwanese government organization called TAITRA. This could be the only time that “exciting” and “government” are in the same sentence, but when you look at things... Read more »

Non-Profits Responding Before, After A Crisis Is As Important As When It Happens

The last time I checked, non-profits were still businesses. People are served by a non-profit’s actions. A non-profit has staff that addresses those people’s needs. Planning is involved to ensure the business mission is carried out. There is money exchanging hands. So tell me why a non-profit and for-profit organization are different again? I DO... Read more »

An Apology from the Apology Blogger--And Why I am Apologizing.

Hi everyone. I am back.  This was a long hiatus for me, but I felt like no one was “there.” I thought I was making an impact on SOMEONE out there with what I was writing about the good, the bad and the ugly of apologies. What’s more, I thought that with so many badly... Read more »

Empty Apologies Are As Worse As No Apologies At All.

Donald Trump—check. Ryan Getzlaf—check. Kathy Griffin—check. Bill Maher—check. The list of both A- and D-Listers has gotten a lot longer lately—and it’s starting to get a little old saying the same thing.   For a blog focused on apologies, you would think that I would be chomping at the bit waiting to write about any... Read more »

An $800 million apology comes too late—even the second or third time around

“WE CAN AFFORD TO LOSE MONEY—EVEN A LOT OF MONEY. BUT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE REPUTATION—EVEN A SHRED OF REPUTATION.” Would Warren Buffett, the man who issued this famous quote, be OK if he lost more than $800 million in one day? Maybe he can counsel Oscar Munoz and United Airlines. “Where have you... Read more »

Donald Trump, meet Lance Armstrong

A bust of Trump.  
How appropriate.
I had someone mention to me recently that A Sorry State has become an assault on Trump (at least I know SOMEONE besides me is reading it!).  Trust me–it’s not intentional.  But it’s like late night TV hosts say–when there is good content out there, it’s hard not to shy away from it! To that... Read more »


Dear World Nations, Friends and Allies— Suffice to say, I don’t know 99.9999% of you, the 7.5 billion people on this planet by name or facial recognition, and some of you have a real hatred for the United States and its people. But for those of you who think our country, otherwise, our nation owes... Read more »

11.9 Is This Generation’s 9.11--Or Is It?

The neighborhood is remarkably quiet.  The train station—not a peep from anyone around.  No one is talking on the train.  Even Starbucks is quiet.  Just silence.  Eerie, eerie silence. Over the last 12 hours, our nation has taken a punch to the gut lie no other time in my history; well, I take that back. ... Read more »

Apologies to Goats Everywhere--A Curse or Lack of Accountability?

For his next trick, Joe Maddon is going to pick my lottery numbers. The Chicago Cubs manager proved that methodical thinking, intelligence, a knack for the game and a little bit of luck can go a long way with this team. Joe Maddon has proven to be a business management genius for the way he... Read more »

Whether on or off record, Trump is inexcusable— and another Golden A.S.S. Award Winner

Donald Trump--Two (or Three)-Time Golden A.S.S. Award Repicipient
I am writing this blog post from St. Louis, the home of the latest Presidential debate.  No, your faithful writer did not come to The Great Arch to see Republicans and Democrats play against each other; I am watching my nine year-old son play some great hockey. Last night, the Washington Post’s David Fahrentold uncovered... Read more »