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LATEST BLOG POSTS

75 years since Hiroshima

on August 6, 2020 in Freedom, Leadership

Growing up I thought the strategy of mutually assured destruction, while tragic, kept the peace. Speaking to Nobel Peace Prize honoree ICAN member Seth Shelden, I learned that we’ve advanced from that line of thinking and our world changed to where it doesn’t apply any more. As much as I’d like to hold on to something that made me feel comfortable or at least content, I have to drop believing[…] Keep reading →

Left mouse button broke. Still posting, not missing my sidcha.

on August 5, 2020 in Habits, SIDCHAs

I haven’t missed a post here in almost ten years. My left mouse button broke—rather the track pad, an integral part of the computer. I found a used mouse on Craig’s List I can get tomorrow I think I can use while ordering a new track pad, which I think I can install myself. In the meantime I’m seeing if I can post without a left button and keep the[…] Keep reading →

“One-Third of New York’s Small Businesses May Be Gone Forever” Another problem with efficiency

on August 4, 2020 in Leadership

People are finding many new ways to be more efficient—recycling, crickets for food, and seaweed for food for example. I’ve written many times how efficiency can be a good tactic within the strategy of reducing consumption, but doesn’t stand on its own. The New York Times headline, One-Third of New York’s Small Businesses May Be Gone Forever illustrates what happens when we value efficiency so highly in the market. The[…] Keep reading →

368: Chester Elton, part 1: Asking and listening across color lines

on August 3, 2020 in Podcast

You’re about to hear a conversation post-George Floyd by two leadership writers. Normally we write for mostly business audiences. this conversation felt more personal. Normally when a friend introduces a potential podcast guest, we start by talking each other’s work and figure out scheduling. With Chester—maybe given his openness and, I think, mine, as well as the protests raging—we jumped into talking about race and our interactions with people of[…] Keep reading →

367: The Surprising Mantle of Leadership

on August 2, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode: Stand up comedians Growing up in 70s I thought everyone would want to lead, to give I Have A Dream speech of their generation Felt so natural, though universal So until recently felt others could do better, wouldn’t want to compete Dawning on my almost nobody wants to Nobody seems to want to change I expect they’ll be happy to[…] Keep reading →

366: The Cops, Jocko Willink, and Joe Rogan

on August 1, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I wrote and read this podcast from: It’s no secret the tension between police and protesters in this country. I’ve talked to a lot of protesters in my day, having protested myself many times, especially in college. In grad school a post-doc once worked as auxiliary policeman Recently listened to Jocko Willink on Joe Rogan’s podcast. I won’t explain who they are because they’re both big[…] Keep reading →

A million-dollar business idea in sustainability

on July 31, 2020 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Nature

Context An attendee at my webinar on Initiative to Booth, the University of Chicago Business School, Eric Zoerb, followed up that he wanted to start a business on sustainability. Like many, he was looking for efficiency. Most of my life I considered efficiency the top strategy. It felt right. Nature doesn’t react to feelings, though, so no amount of feeling it will work will make something work. If you make[…] Keep reading →

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