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What Made Apple So Creative?

July 6, 2017

Steve Jobs inspired creativity by keeping critics away Any sufficiently advanced technology at the time of inception is indistinguishable from magic. — Arthur C. Clark Steve Jobs didn’t invent the art of corporate creativity, he perfected it. For someone who was notorious for his lousy people... read more

Former CEO Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber Technologies

Uber Has a Long Road ahead Thanks to the Board of Directors

June 30, 2017

Former CEO Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber Technologies The venture capitalists at Benchmark turned a public relations mess into a succession nightmare. Did they do the right thing? Welcome to 2017. Thanks to social media, the modern chief executive has to perform a tight rope walk, miming Tony... read more

What Was The Uber Board Thinking?

June 23, 2017

When companies go wobbly, the board wants everyone to think business as usual. That’s how you can tell it’s not. When you see a board of directors act like Uber’s, it means one thing. Get ready for change. The one job you don’t want right now is being a board director of Uber In discussing company’... read more

The 61st Patient and The Value of Experience Over Credentials

June 23, 2017

After a doctor performs a procedure for the 60th time, we see better outcomes. Should we be thinking about how we groom CEOs? A man with a gunshot wound to his 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... read more

bad boss

How To Tell If You Have A Bad Boss

May 26, 2017

10 ways the boss hurts morale and productivity. Bad jokes and off-color comments are two of them. Women are deeply affected by a bad boss. Female employees want a day off after a run in with a disrespectful, lazy, or sexist boss, according to a recent survey by British consultant, Glassdoor. They... read more

Nothing Goes Viral Like a Virus

May 24, 2017

The Mongols taught us if you want something to go viral, absolutely nothing beats a virus. What can disruption teach us? Does it destroy or does it transform? Can it revive us? The 14th Century shares its secrets. On October 1347, twelve Genoese merchant ships bearing a ghostly appearance pulled... read more

FW de Klerk

FW de Klerk: The Man Who Ended Apartheid, Freed Mandela and Honored His Country

May 17, 2017

Interview With The Former President of South Africa, Founder Global Leadership Foundation Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk was a highly successful South African lawyer who could have spent his days happily holed up in a leather bound law library, but when his country was perched on the brink of... read more


The Accidental Globalist

May 17, 2017

Greatness is a trick of fate; part timing, discipline, and passion. No one has any idea which comes first. --Jeff Cunningham Posted by professor Jeff Cunningham in series (This is an edited version of a book review on JP Morgan's Reading List, by Caryl M. Stern, President and... read more

Think Global

Think Global, Act Local

May 17, 2017

1347 was a lousy year for Globalism. 670 years later, we are having the same argument. The Hundred Years War was a "melee of din and disorder" according to historian Simon Schama. England and France were bickering over disputed land dating back to William the Conqueror. The world’s first global... read more

The Pressure on General Petraeus from the battlefield to the Oval Office

April 10, 2017

Interviewing General Petraeus at KKR headquarters in NYC (Central Park in the background) In my interview with General David Petraeus , America’s most decorated war hero, we discussed the unfathomable pressures he faced in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Oval Office, especially on those occasions his... read more