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How To Disagree With The Boss by General David Petraeus

September 21, 2017

In my interview with America’s most decorated war hero, General David Petraeus, now a partner of private equity firm KKR, we discussed his time in the Oval Office and the importance of sticking with principles, even when the recipient doesn’t want to hear it. The first lesson a senior executive... read more

Autonomous Cars: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

September 19, 2017

Autonomous vehicles — essentially driverless cars — have the potential to turn commuting from what is largely a waste of time to a productive stretch, as well as improve the environment and reduce traffic congestion. But they also could put many of us out of work. According to the U.S. Census, 130... read more

The Super Irrelevancy Of Uber’s Board

August 30, 2017

“Not to toot our own horn, but being super relevant in your mid-30s and having five-plus years of venture investing is the dream scenario.” — Uber board director, Benchmark The Benchmark directors on the Uber board actually do like to toot their own horn. Among the most successful venture investors... read more

Monumental Misunderstanding

August 23, 2017

Tearing down an edifice is retouching; educating yourself about history is transformational. All History Is Local New Yorkers admire General William Tecumseh Sherman in part because he lived here and because the local temperament suited his blunt candor. When giving a Commencement address to... read more

2100 Years Ago: In Praise of a Woman

August 23, 2017

Archeologists discovered a 2100 year old love letter from the time of Augustus Caesar. It is better known as the Laudatio Turiae, carved in stone by a Roman husband to his wife, Turia. It is a portrayal of a remarkable, generous, and courageous woman and a husband who appreciated her. Lauding her... read more

GE’s Jeff Immelt: 5 ways Leaders Can Show Authenticity

August 23, 2017

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde People around the world are asking their leaders the same question: Are you telling us the truth? At GE headquarters, I recently met with a very over-scheduled Jeff Immelt to get his take on the importance of authenticity in leadership... read more

Google’s Response Should Start With “We” Not “I”

August 23, 2017

Danielle Brown of Google is saying “L’Entreprise, C’est Moi.” Louis XIVth taught us, pronouns matter. His famous expression, “L’etat c’est moi,” may have been acceptable in past centuries for someone who sat on the French throne for 72 years. In more egalitarian times, indulgence in the first... read more

Best Books For Beating Business Disruption

August 22, 2017

Bonus Question: When we get rid of banking, is Occupy Wall Street out of a job? “The human being is best at interpreting all new information so that prior conclusions remain intact.” — Warren Buffett Are You Loving It? There is a new growth business everyone should invest in. Its called change... read more

GE’s Jeff Immelt Knows How To Fix Uber

August 22, 2017

America’s vaunted hi tech companies are too important to leave them in the hands of brilliant, but immature neophytes. It’s time to bring in a leader who knows how to run a hi tech meritocracy. The global ride sharing phenom has hit a few speed bumps. With the departure of co-founder and former CEO... read more

Elon Musk

Elon Musk Hates Advertising and P&G Is Listening

August 14, 2017

We don’t know whether Musk is too smart or too cheap to spend money on traditional advertising, but as a result he created most iconic automobile brand in America… He acts like an inventor and thinks like an investor. In the Musk mythology, this is an important fact, seldom recognized. F irst rule... read more