The Wheatley Institution

Fellow Notes

Arranged from Most to Least Recent

2017

Jenet Erickson
Marriage and Motherhood: What Gender Equality Really Looks Like
Jenet Erickson
April 19, 2017
To describe, appreciate and respond to the fundamental desires of Millennials, young adults, and mothers and fathers today is not a step back from gender equality.

Terrance D. Olson
What Makes Differences Desirable?
Terrance D. Olson
March 17, 2017
I have realized that some seek to foster an appreciation of diversity by insisting that people from one culture appreciate the promoted stereotypes of another.

Ronald K. Mitchell
Institutional Entrepreneurship and Institutional Work
Ronald K. Mitchell
March 8, 2017
What kind of institutional entrepreneurship can better enable the lifting of society through preservation and strengthening of its core values?

Kim S. Cameron
Leading with Energy
Kim S. Cameron
February 17, 2017
Individuals who are positive energizers are four times more important in accounting for successful performance than people who are merely influential. Positive energizers uplift, elevate, and inspire individuals. They help other people flourish.

Frederick W. Axelgard
Making a Change without Government
Frederick W. Axelgard
January 27, 2017
At this time of deep divisiveness, with the role of governments becoming less predictable and less far-sighted, the opportunity and need for meaningful involvement by individuals and non-governmental institutions is greater than ever.

Daniel N. Robinson
Civics: Liberty or Equality
Daniel N. Robinson
January 24, 2017
Perhaps society must bite its lower lip and admit defeat: We can have freedom or equality, but not both. I submit that such resignation is unwarranted and is based on mistaken assumptions about actual persons.

2016

Ronald K. Mitchell
Business Ethics and Stakeholders
Ronald K. Mitchell
December 21, 2016
Ethical business decisions enable, rather than constrain, the sources of good that flow to stakeholders; namely, to individuals and their society.

Kim S. Cameron
Foundations of Faith
Kim S. Cameron
December 16, 2016
It is not a matter of weakness that people are committed to their religion, but it is because they have had personal spiritual experiences, have read broadly, and have considered scholarly evidence carefully.

Terryl L. Givens
Human Evil, the Natural Man, and a Discerning Discipleship
Terryl L. Givens
November 18, 2016
Bit by bit, we inevitably take upon ourselves a nature that we were not born with, and it is that cultural, environmental, political and ideological contamination we must struggle to be free of.

Bill O'Rourke
"Right" Versus "More Right"
Bill O'Rourke
November 11, 2016
The foremost quality that distinguishes an enlightened leader from others is integrity. 

James E. Faulconer
Being a Mormon / Mormon Being
James E. Faulconer
November 4, 2016
We may not live up to the divine sociality that is part of what it means to be a human being, a child of God, but its possibility and even its reality is already here.

Donald Deshler
The Potential Power of Instructional Coaching
Donald Deshler
October 28, 2016
Improved student performance is directly (and strongly) related to the effectiveness of a child’s teacher(s).

Terrance D. Olson
Character Education: Capturing Captive Audiences
Terrance D. Olson
October 21, 2016
As to starting points of success in character and citizenship education, the value of the values at stake is central to the conduct of the program.

Ronald K. Mitchell
Institutional Work and Core Institutions
Ronald K. Mitchell
October 14, 2016
It seems to me that preserving and strengthening the set of institutions that are so remarkable in human history—our core institutions—is our best hope for ensuring future invention, cooperation, and problem-solving.

Jason S. Carroll
Fostering a Culture of True Marriage Readiness
Jason S. Carroll
September 16, 2016
Over 80 years of research on premarital predictors of marriage outcomes have shown that true marital competence or readiness involves helping young people develop the capacity to love and the capacity to communicate.

Daniel N. Robinson
Education at the Founding
Daniel N. Robinson
September 9, 2016
No careful examination of those members of the Founding generation will fail to record the broad and deep command they had of history and of the principles exemplified by successful and also failed republics.

Bill O'Rourke
Rationalization is a Warning Signal - Listen to It
Bill O'Rourke
August 12, 2016
When we catch ourselves rationalizing our behavior it is best to stop and pause for a deeper reflection of the situation.

Jason S. Carroll
The Social Miscalculation of the Full Consequences of Delayed Marriage
Jason S. Carroll
August 5, 2016
We need to more fully develop a culture of marriage readiness that helps young people develop true marital competence.

Ed Gantt
Faith, Reason, and Critical Thinking
Ed Gantt
July 29, 2016
Contrary to the naïve assumption that faith and reason must necessarily have a mutually allergic relationship, religious belief can often be strengthened and supported by critical, rational reflection.

Kim S. Cameron
Are Leaders Born or Made?
Kim S. Cameron
July 22, 2016
Leadership is more closely aligned with being a positive energizer than any other attribute. When people interact with a positive energizer, they are uplifted, elevated, and inspired.

Terrance D. Olson
The Uncommon Common Sense of Civic Virtue
Terrance D. Olson
July 15, 2016
Justice and compassion are symptoms of a common-sense that sustains humans as capable of being morally responsible, rather than the all too common common-sense that we are just being acted upon by injustice and hatred.

Terryl L. Givens
The Poetics of Prejudice
Terryl L. Givens
July 8, 2016
If our predispositions, shaped by faith commitments, determine the questions we pose, the direction of our inquiry, then they can serve as the basis for fruitful discoveries and answers to genuine questions.

James E. Faulconer
Leaving a Trace
James E. Faulconer
June 24, 2016
The teaching we do in our daily lives with those we love and those we simply come into contact with, continues a trace that began before us and will continue past our personal demise.

Donald Deshler
Creating a Sense of “Flow” in Our Classrooms
Donald Deshler
June 17, 2016
As teachers struggle with the best ways to scaffold learning experiences so students will gradually assume responsibility for much of their learning, there may be value in keeping flow and its underlying principles in mind.

Frederick W. Axelgard
Assessing the Role of the United States in Foreign Affairs
Frederick W. Axelgard
June 10, 2016
Although it appears to be an uphill battle, we should be open to re-evaluating our basic military-first course of action in world affairs.

Daniel N. Robinson
Constitutional Reflections
Daniel N. Robinson
June 3, 2016
We live as an active and self-directing group of individual persons willing and able to remake whole governments if our own core values hang in the balance.

W. Steve Albrecht
Why Good Corporate Governance is So Important
W. Steve Albrecht
May 20, 2016
In business, the board of directors and executives establish the ethical culture known as the “tone at the top.” 

Ronald K. Mitchell
CPI, GDP, and Core Institutions
Ronald K. Mitchell
May 13, 2016
Corruption in any form – dispersed or concentrated – is destructive to the core institutions of society

Kim S. Cameron
Managing Through Layoffs: Lessons from Research
Kim S. Cameron
March 21, 2016
Downsizing negatively affects employee relations. However, there are steps that can help leadership lessen the pain associated with layoffs.

Terryl L. Givens
The Book of Mormon and the Reshaping of Covenant
Terryl L. Givens
March 11, 2016
The Book of Mormon came out of the ideas of both Protestant and Catholic theology. It has the personalized revelation of Protestants, with the hierarchy and sacrament in Catholic worship.

Terrance D. Olson
Signals of Civic Virtue
Terrance D. Olson
March 4, 2016
Small actions have large consequences in both the deterioration and building up of civic virtue.

Donald Deshler
Teacher Burnout and the Sunday Solution
Donald Deshler
February 26, 2016
Teachers face burnout due to continuous work without relief. However, God created the Sabbath so that we can rest from our labors and recover from burnout.

Bill O'Rourke
The First Step is to Recognize When an Issue is an Ethical One
Bill O'Rourke
February 19, 2016
The ability to recognize an ethical dilemma is important, especially in today's society.

Jason S. Carroll
Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom* [Book Review]
Jason S. Carroll
February 5, 2016
‘The Truth About Marriage’ brings to light many of the flaws and weaknesses of Obergefell v. Hodges and how they can impact the future of families.

Frederick W. Axelgard
Middle East: Thinking Long Term
Frederick W. Axelgard
January 29, 2016
The Involvement in the Middle East requires a stabilizing influence, not kinetic solutions.

W. Steve Albrecht
The Power of Ethical Examples
W. Steve Albrecht
January 22, 2016
The examples set by those at the top will reflect on everyone beneath them.

Daniel N. Robinson
A House Divided
Daniel N. Robinson
January 15, 2016
The danger Washington saw in political parties was not that of the party itself, but the framing of issues to be one side or the other. We should instead work as Americans, not as one party/race/gender vs. another.

Richard N. Williams
Preserving Core Institutions in an Age of Self-Interested Utilitarianism
Richard N. Williams
January 7, 2016
Morality does not depend on a concrete consequence. Wrong should be recognized before steps are taken.

Ronald K. Mitchell
Baseball, Neighborhoods, Positive Networks, and Public Goods
Ronald K. Mitchell
January 5, 2016
Technology will help the global public good as much as housing and food.

2015

Ed Gantt
Happiness or Joy?
Ed Gantt
December 17, 2015
Joy is a gift of comfort and assurance that a loving Heavenly Father gives his children in the midst of their pain and suffering and challenges

Kim S. Cameron
Build on the Positive
Kim S. Cameron
December 9, 2015
Focusing on the positive rather than the negative things will help improve performance.

Terrance D. Olson
Arresting Civic and Moral Decay
Terrance D. Olson
December 4, 2015
Freedom has it's benefits, but if it goes unchecked it causes more harm than good. People settle for mediocrity, and do not excel past their position.

Richard N. Williams
The Insatiable Self and the Best Interest of Children
Richard N. Williams
November 23, 2015
What is the best interest for children is not always expressed because of the self-indulging attitude of adults.

Bill O'Rourke
Competent Fact-gathering is
Critical to Investigating Allegations

Bill O'Rourke
November 13, 2015
You must find all the pieces to an allegation before making a judgement call.

Terryl L. Givens
Christ the Master Healer
Terryl L. Givens
October 30, 2015
Healing does not come in ways we may expect. Solutions that are obvious may not be the right one.

Donald Deshler
We Know Quality Teaching Is Critical…But How Do We Bring It About?
Donald Deshler
October 19, 2015
Teacher quality has the biggest impact on a student's growth.

W. Steve Albrecht
Having Integrity
W. Steve Albrecht
September 28, 2015
Ethical Behavior pays off, because...

Richard N. Williams
“The Living Faith of the Dead ...
and the Dead Faith of the Living”1

Richard N. Williams
September 14, 2015
One cannot allow individualism to trump the value of tradition.

Barry Newbold
The Call to Teach
Barry Newbold
August 21, 2015
There is nothing that surpasses the influence of a noble teacher.

Ronald K. Mitchell
Agency, Ethics and Family:
The Story of the Stumbling Starling

Ronald K. Mitchell
August 13, 2015
Where there is freedom of choice, our capacity to exercise agency grows with our comprehension of relevant laws and consequences.

Ed Gantt
Scientism and the Temptations of Orthodoxy
Ed Gantt
August 7, 2015
These champions would do well to heed the lessons of history and remember that for science to truly flourish there must always exist the intellectual freedom to question received wisdom.

Terrance D. Olson
The Meaningfulness of Meaning
Terrance D. Olson
July 27, 2015
To lift any society is to strengthen the moral foundations of the core institutions. No culture or individual is ethically perfect—each is a work in progress.

Bill O'Rourke
Engineering Ethics: Only Your Reputation is at Risk
Bill O'Rourke
July 10, 2015
Engineering ethics is beyond personal morality. It refers to standards of conduct that every engineer wants to follow. It is a fiduciary responsibility to the public.

Terryl L. Givens
The Hunger for God and the Yearning for Knowledge
Terryl L. Givens
July 2, 2015
May we be true to both divinely implanted impulses—the yearning for God, and the hunger for knowledge—and know they are the same.

Donald Deshler
Figuring Out What to Teach in Light of an Uncertain Future
Donald Deshler
June 19, 2015
How do we prepare students for careers and a world of work that will, in many ways, be something that we can hardly imagine let alone predict?

Frederick W. Axelgard
Israel-Saudi Diplomacy: A Sign of Regional Change?
Frederick W. Axelgard
June 12, 2015
It seems clear that Iran, and not ISIS, represents the biggest regional threat to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Jason S. Carroll
The Fall of Fertility: How Redefining Marriage Will Further Declining Birthrates in the United States
Jason S. Carroll
June 5, 2015
Redefining marriage in genderless terms breaks the critical conceptual link between marriage and procreation.

W. Steve Albrecht
The High Cost of Fraud
W. Steve Albrecht
May 26, 2015
In the end, fraud is not just a fraud problem. It is a business problem. Losses from fraud erase the effect of sales effort, cost cutting and other company initiatives.

Daniel N. Robinson
Where Have You Gone, Chief Logan?
Daniel N. Robinson
May 15, 2015
The Speech of Logan points to the epoch’s full and realistic appreciation of the power of the passions in the creation of history and in the management of its possibilities.

Kim S. Cameron
Leadership Matters
Kim S. Cameron
May 1, 2015
Positive leadership refers to promoting outcomes such as thriving at work, interpersonal flourishing, virtuous behaviors, positive emotions, and energizing networks.

Ed Gantt
Missing Our Target: Methodological Naturalism, Saving the Phenomena, & the Social Science of Religious Experience
Ed Gantt
April 27, 2015
While careful and coherent theoretical explanation is a central aim of scientific inquiry, it cannot come at the expense of the subject matter under study.

Ronald K. Mitchell
Lifting Society through Opportunity Emergence
Ronald K. Mitchell
April 15, 2015
I am therefore motivated by the question: What if we could have the public utilities of innovation; and what would they look like? How does this question relate to the Ethics and Leadership Initiative of The Wheatley Institution?

Barry Newbold
Reflections on Finland’s Education Success
Barry Newbold
April 8, 2015
So what is it that should at least capture a portion of our attention to give thought to how Finland educates its youth?

Terrance D. Olson
Civility and Moral Being
Terrance D. Olson
March 27, 2015
When we live true to our moral sense of how to treat others, irrespective of the circumstances and disagreements, our civility comes from the heart—from realizing that in a community, we can engage compassionately, and without rancor.

Jason S. Carroll
Mature Love in Marriage
Jason S. Carroll
March 4, 2015
Marriages based on mature love will last. Marriages built upon immature love will not. It is as simple as that.

Terryl L. Givens
Mormonism's Social Heaven
Terryl L. Givens
February 25, 2015
Mormonism cannot fit within Christian theology—for its ambition far exceeds recuperation of an Edenic condition. Its story begins long before Adam, and continues far beyond a final judgment.

Donald Deshler
Using “Vital Behaviors” to Close Performance Gaps
Donald Deshler
February 17, 2015
In recent years, considerable research has been done to determine what vital behaviors that are instructional in nature result in the greatest outcomes for students who struggle in learning.

James E. Faulconer
Faith and Reason
James E. Faulconer
February 11, 2015
Sweet persuasion turns out to be a trusting, loving testimony and revelation to another whom one esteems and trusts, and this is true not only in the religious realm, but also in the secular: to persuade of something is to offer one’s testimony of it, to

W. Steve Albrecht
Marrying the Right Person
W. Steve Albrecht
January 20, 2015
There is nothing that will bring happiness and success to a person and family more than marrying a spouse who contributes in a positive way to the family and who is a good mother or father.

Richard N. Williams
Elevating the Discourse and the Culture of Marriage
Richard N. Williams
January 12, 2015
Marriage is by its very nature and substance worthy of defense.

Terryl L. Givens
Education & Agency
Terryl L. Givens
January 12, 2015
If our theology does not inform our moral lives, then it is a vain enterprise.

2014

Terrance D. Olson
Family-friendly Family Life Education
Terrance D. Olson
December 12, 2014
If a society places philosophy and beliefs that nourish, encourage, and reward commitment to family and to the next generation at the heart of its culture, it has a base from which to attack destructive attitudes and behaviors.

Kim S. Cameron
Positive Leadership Requires Positive Energy
Kim S. Cameron
December 8, 2014
Positive energy is the life-giving force that creates the capacity to perform, to create, and to persist.

Jason S. Carroll
Slow But Sure: Does the Timing of Sex During Dating Matter?
Jason S. Carroll
December 8, 2014
Is it better to test sexual compatibility early in dating or to wait to have sex? Does “true love wait” or should you “test drive” a relationship before saying I do?

Ed Gantt
Why Ontology Matters in Family Science?
Ed Gantt
December 1, 2014
A central problem here is that the way in which the social sciences understand and explain the meaning of marriage and the fundamental nature of family bleeds over into the concrete reality of how people arrange their marriages, experience family life, an

Frederick W. Axelgard
ISIS: “A Rash or a Cancer?”
Frederick W. Axelgard
November 21, 2014
I would suggest that IS, as a decisive element in regional stability, is on the wane.

W. Steve Albrecht
Why the Lack of Integrity Burdens Society
W. Steve Albrecht
November 7, 2014
There was a time when no one felt the need for a written contract. A person's word was all that was required.

Daniel N. Robinson
“Sovereignty Is In The Man...”
Daniel N. Robinson
September 29, 2014
Each of us is sovereign. We have the blessing and the duty to conduct our affairs as would the truly princely person.

Kim S. Cameron
The Wheatley Contribution: Positive Practices & Positive Techniques
Kim S. Cameron
September 19, 2014
Substantial progress is being made in understanding the effects on organizations and individuals of positive practices and positive techniques.

Donald Deshler
Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Each Child
Donald Deshler
September 12, 2014
The memories of raising our family makes me deeply appreciate the magnitude of the challenge facing classroom teachers who work with dozens of children daily.

Barry Newbold
Education: A Core Institution
Barry Newbold
September 5, 2014
Why is education a core institution?

Terrance D. Olson
Judgment Days: Taking Responsibility or Taking Offense
Terrance D. Olson
September 2, 2014
We help foster civility by being compassionate in our judgments.

W. Steve Albrecht
Ethics Development Model
W. Steve Albrecht
August 22, 2014
Regardless of when learned, a personal ethical understanding or basic code of ethics is applied to all aspects of life.

James E. Faulconer
Bringing Peace
James E. Faulconer
August 14, 2014
As citizens of not only our country, but also of the world and as brothers and sisters of those whose lives are destroyed by disaster, war, and civil disruption, we have a solemn duty to do what we can to bring peace to the world. But what can we do?

Jason S. Carroll
No-Fault Divorce: A Precedent for Understanding Legal Change to the Definition of Marriage
Jason S. Carroll
August 7, 2014
Knocking out a defining marital pillar of gender is not just a remodeling to make room for more potential residents; it is a major architectural change with potential consequences for the viability of the entire structure of the institution of marriage.

Kim S. Cameron
Ethics & Virtuousness
Kim S. Cameron
July 25, 2014
Do virtuous organizations perform better than less virtuous organizations? The answer is an unequivocal ‘yes’.

Ed Gantt
A Review of Robert P. George's Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism
Ed Gantt
July 18, 2014
I came to feel that I was being taught by a master thinker how to navigate the dangerous waters of contemporary social, legal, and ethical policy and practice.

Daniel N. Robinson
Novus Ordo Saeclorum
Daniel N. Robinson
July 4, 2014
July 4th is perhaps the perfect date on which to remind ourselves of the blessings of self-government, of the blood and treasure paid for it, and of the need to demand respect and good service from the servants' quarters.

Terrance D. Olson
Behavior Change, Character, and the Human Condition
Terrance D. Olson
June 12, 2014
A more fundmental source of success or failure, among even those with extensive knowledge or skills, is in who we are - our ethical way of being.

Frederick W. Axelgard
Diplomacy: Bridging Religious Divides
Frederick W. Axelgard
May 21, 2014
The tendency to treat tradition-based communities as if they were 'eternal essences' rather than evolving cultural realities has urgent implications

Jason S. Carroll
Sowing Wild Oats: Is it Helping or Hurting Later Marriage?
Jason S. Carroll
May 14, 2014
Does having multiple sexual partners help or hurt single adults when they eventually get married?

W. Steve Albrecht
The Compromise Triangle
W. Steve Albrecht
May 12, 2014
We must remember that it is the seemingly unimportant daily decisions that define who we are and that rationalizations weaken our character and cause us to lose our self-respect.

Richard N. Williams
Models of Civility
Richard N. Williams
February 1, 2014
Moral acuity; sound reasoning; and skilled, penetrating analysis of fundamental truths are the best preparation and the most important and able guarantor of civility.