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Women In The Boardroom and Silicon Hypocrisy

October 2, 2017

In the land of Google and Facebook, diversity is worshipped everywhere but the boardroom “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein When a company is added to the S&P 500, it is like being drafted by the major leagues. Warren... read more

Steve Jobs Didn’t Invent Innovation, He Nurtured It

October 2, 2017

The Apple founder reminds us, we often destroy people’s best ideas because of our need to criticize. “Vision without execution is hallucination.” — Walter Isaacson For someone with lousy people skills, Steve Jobs knew how to bring out the best in us. If you were especially creative, he gave you a ‘... read more

Experience Beats Credentials In The Emergency Room. Why Not The C Suite?

October 2, 2017

After a doctor performs a procedure for the 60th time, we see better outcomes. Should we be thinking about how we choose a CEO? A man shot in the chest traveling in the back of an ambulance at 90 mph has one decision to make. Should he go to the local community hospital with extensive experience in... read more

Facebook And Google Are Male Dynasties. There Is a Better Way.

October 2, 2017

An innovative approach to recruiting board directors will fix the gender problem and spur economic growth. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein When a company is added to the S&P 500, it is like being drafted by the major... read more

Elon Musk Is Helping P&G Break The Advertising Habit

September 28, 2017

Tesla has become the most valuable automobile brand in America after shunning a dealer network and discarding traditional advertising. It turns out these were not coincidences. “Ads are dead. The future is about things people want, not things they must endure.” — Lou Paskalis, Bank of America First... read 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

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