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How To Disagree With The President by General David Petraeus

How To Disagree With The President by General David Petraeus

January 2, 2018

The first lesson a senior executive learns is there aren’t many good ways to disagree with the more

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

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

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

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

My Dad Made Me a Better Dad

July 21, 2017

No one is perfect, everyone is perfectible. An alpaca can be trained to do just about anything. In fact, alpacas will gladly play catch, sit, and even provide therapeutic companionship. Although, I’m not certain spitting on people counts as therapy. But if you happen to be a dad, you’re on your own... read more

The Joys of Contrarian Travel

July 21, 2017

If you want to meet a better class of people, try taking your vacation in lousy weather I came up with a new angle on travel. The shorthand version is called “good times in bad weather.” It simply means if you want to be where the people are genuine, you will have to go where the weather is lousy... read more


The Battle For Yoga’s Soul

July 21, 2017

Yoga’s skyrocketing growth in America is due to four things: women, fashion, spiritual longing, and faux ritual. If I stepped into a classroom at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, where I am a professor, and said, “ mihi placet discipuli” I would get some odd stares. For those less... read more

Leadership Lessons of General David Petraeus

July 10, 2017

In our interview, the highly decorated general opened up about Obama, loneliness of command, the challenges of being a 4 star in a volatile world. In a wide ranging, candid interview with America’s most decorated war hero, General David Petraeus , we discussed the unfathomable pressures he faced in... read more