One of the most important lessons I learned in business school didn’t come from a teacher and it applies everywhere in life

on September 9, 2013 in Awareness, Blog, Education, Leadership

I wrote before about “Business school’s first major lesson: how to resolve ethical dilemmas.” Today I’ll talk about another important lesson I learned in business school, also within the first couple weeks, also applying in many places in life I would not have expected from a vocational school. Context First I have to note my mindset before starting business school. I considered the most relevant parts of my life that[…] Keep reading →

See me on Leadership through Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness

on August 16, 2013 in Blog, Education, Entrepreneurship, Events, Leadership

Brought to you by the Distinguished Leaders committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (copying the following announcement from that site): Leadership Through Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence In a weekend, learn how to develop your personal leadership skills, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence through the latest advances in cognitive behavioral science, evolutionary psychology, and positive psychology. While business schools and corporations are increasingly focusing on personal leadership,[…] Keep reading →

How failure creates success

on June 29, 2013 in Awareness, Blog, Education

Normally I don’t like just posting someone else’s work, but I saw this image the other day and found the model it suggests so simple and useful I couldn’t help posting it. I’ve found and often say the people who succeed use the word “failure” like other people do, but it doesn’t mean the same thing to them. It means something positive. Not even a necessary evil, but part of[…] Keep reading →

Columbia’s 2013 Commencement

on June 27, 2013 in Blog, Education

Last month Columbia invited me to walk in its big commencement for the twentieth anniversary of graduating college there. I don’t often get to dress in my medieval-looking PhD cap and gown, so I accepted. If you’ve never seen a Columbia commencement, it’s a great, stately affair with tens of thousands of graduating students and their families, all the more so when you realize how few spaces like its campus[…] Keep reading →

Video on creativity

on June 15, 2013 in Blog, Creativity, Education, Tips

I’ve written a lot on creativity and when I do I often mention the professor whose class on creativity I took, Jacob Goldenberg. He recently gave an online talk with Columbia Business School about his research. If you like creativity, learning some unexpected properties of it, and improving your creativity, I recommend it. It’s not as polished as a TED talk, but as informative. Here it is: video platformvideo managementvideo[…] Keep reading →

A model to identify the parts of your life most ripe for improvement

on May 28, 2013 in Awareness, Education, Exercises, Models, Tips

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] Today’s model has special meaning to me because realizing it set me to learning about anxiety, the first emotion I started to learn analyzing to understanding[…] Keep reading →

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