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The Ethicist: Am I Wrong to Believe My Friend Is Innocent of Rape?

on November 25, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Am I Wrong to Believe My Friend Is Innocent of Rape?”. One of my closest friends was accused of raping a fellow student in college. There were no criminal proceedings, and he has always maintained his innocence. In the years since, he has not been accused again. I[…] Keep reading →

103: Geoffrey West, part 2: theoretical physics and the environment

on November 24, 2018 in Podcast

In our second conversation, Geoffrey and I continue to pursue his unique approach to viewing the environment. I find it fascinating because he approaches the environment from a different direction, but he arrives to the same conclusion—the need for leadership to change cultural norms. Talking here gave him the chance to explore ideas he raised in his book but didn’t pursue. He wanted to do so, as I understand him.[…] Keep reading →

102: Col. Everett Spain, West Point’s Head of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

on November 23, 2018 in Podcast

Many who serve in the military become leaders in business, politics, entrepreneurship, sports, and many other places. Why? What does the military teach so well? Few people can answer better than Everett, as the head of West Point’s leadership department. To say he and his department have extensive experience and knowledge leading and teaching others to lead is an understatement. You’ll also find few people more calm, gracious, friendly, patient,[…] Keep reading →

Letter to an 80-year-old on the environment

on November 22, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

Remember this scene of Cypher’s selling out his crew for his personal pleasure in The Matrix? My letter to an 80-year-old, prompted by an article on the environment 80-year-olds and 20-year-olds will view the environment differently. 80-year-olds might consider global warming, plastic pollution, extinctions, and so on abstractly. If environmental disaster will hit around 2050, that’s someone else’s problem. To 20-year-olds, 2050 is the prime of their lives. They have[…] Keep reading →

Why Every Parent Should Watch This Movie

on November 21, 2018 in Creativity, Education,, Leadership

Have you noticed how many of today’s most successful people chose to leave our educational system–Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Erin Brockovich, Elon Musk, Sean Combs, Lauren Hill, Michael Dell, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin, to name a few. Ever wonder why people who chose to leave mainstream education became so successful? Why did breaking the once-standard advice “stay in school” not work[…] Keep reading →

NYU pollutes “undeniably . . . head and shoulders above the rest”

on November 20, 2018 in Education, Nature

One thing about nature. It doesn’t react only to the consequences of your actions that you like. It reacts to all of them, including the ones you don’t like. Take greenhouse gas emissions. You might like doing something that pollutes and emits greenhouse gases. You might wish that your activity didn’t pollute, make the world unclean and impure, undue your intent to steward the environment, or hurt others, but if[…] Keep reading →

Seth Godin caught my scarcity mindset

on November 19, 2018 in Awareness, Habits

Chatting with Seth Godin before recording the last week’s podcast episode, I shared with him how I keep secret the incredible ingredient I love cooking with—peanut flour. It’s nearly the last packaged food I still buy, though I’ve found a mill that I think I can crank it out with my hands from peanuts. I haven’t shared why I like it so much, but I make some of the most[…] Keep reading →

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