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“The Meritocracy Trap”

It’s been said that “money doesn’t buy happiness but it does buy a better class of problems.”  For the so-called “elites” of our society who’ve achieved success in commerce or the professions, that success comes at a much higher personal price than that paid by earlier generations who reached the top.

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The Algebra of Happiness

Academics and Business people need each other but often see the world very differently.   Dr. Scott Galloway at the Stern School at NYU who is also a startup veteran, and public company board member has lived in both worlds and built an impressive reputation for astute analysis, commentary, and remarkable

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Feedback or Advice – Which do You Prefer?

People with a growth mindset are eager for feedback.   Seeking input from others on how to get better is necessary for success in any field.   So, would you like some input on how to get better input? As with so many aspects of communication, it’s not what you say, it’s how you

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The Economic Lookout – Where We Are Headed

It’s Not 2008  (Yet): More market turbulence and some weakening economic indicators are causing many to assume a recession is around the corner.  Economist Brian Wesbury thinks otherwise and revisits some earlier downturns for some perspective which leads him to conclude it’s “This Is Not 2008”. Omens and Portents: Various metrics such as the yield

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The Very Rich Read Differently

Scott Fitzgerald once remarked that the “very rich are different than you and me” and supplied a long list of reasons.   If he were writing today he might have added that the rich read differently to that list. “Successful people know they are what they read”   according to this brief posting from

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A Great American – Herb Meyer – RIP

A Great American, RIP Vistage, the international peer group organization for CEOs and KEY executives is truly fortunate to have hundreds of subject matter experts who bring expertise and wisdom to its C-Level Members.  One of the most prominent was Vistage Speaker Herb Meyer who passed away recently from injuries suffered

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“Tang”…and Other NASA Innovations

If you grew up in the early days of America’s space-age, you’ll remember that there was (and still is)  a breakfast drink called “Tang” that gained notoriety (and more than a little success) due to the fact that the early astronauts imbibed it during those early orbital flights.  Check out

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Great Thinkers Who Had Spectacularly Bad Predictions

None of us would like to have every prediction we’ve made posted for public review.  But regardless of how wrong you’ve been, you’re in good company.  Check out these 29 spectacularly wrong technology predictions made by some of the most famous people in history who show that getting a one or

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Queen Mary’s Annual Visit

If it’s early summer, it’s time for Mary Meeker’s (aka “Queen of the Internet”) annual report on internet trends.  Meeker is a partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins and was named one the “The Ten Smartest People in Tech” by Fortune Magazine.  Her annual report on the internet is eagerly

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“Which Way to Pointe du Hoc?”

The coincidence of 2019 commencement ceremonies and the 75th anniversary of D-Day caused WSJ columnist and Reagan White House speechwriter Peggy Noonan to reflect on the challenges that confront each generation. Her thoughts on the Normandy Invasion, and in particular of the men who under fire climbed a near vertical

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