I have a bad habit. On my nightstand sits a pile of books, each one partially read. My habit is to pick up a new book before I finish one. Currently, my pile includes a book on the maker movement, a Wendell Berry novel, a book on African economics, a historian’s retracing of global faith, […]
Not once, but twice I have been told in job interviews that I might be too nice to make it in business. I went on to get the positions I was after. And, as best as I can tell, my niceness hasn’t been a problem so far. But let’s be clear – that’s not what […]
A generation of entrepreneurs is giving itself permission to experiment with business design. With an era of innovation and economic transition like we are seeing in the connected information age, we see new models being tested all around us. Some of them grab headlines because of the high valuations that seem disproportionate given their unclear […]
Spoiler alert: I’m going to argue that profit is good. Well, sort of. This is ground that others have covered, and I need not retread all of the same tracks again. And for those who are capitalists, it’s honestly not much of a debate except when a corporate scandal resurfaces questions about misuse of power […]
Not all good advice is created equal. Years before visiting businesses in China, I sat down for a barbecue lunch and a side portion of wise counsel with a man whose life and work I respect to this day. This was years before my career and vocabulary transition to the for-profit world, but we talked […]
I’m rarely the most intelligent or best read person in the room when it comes to book smarts. Nevertheless, I’m big on words. The words we use create meaning and give identity. To me, finding a way to phrase something so that other people connect with it is one of the most satisfying endeavors.
A decade ago, I found myself looking over the shoulders of assembly line workers in southeast China. Each person on the line had a role in quality control and final packaging to prepare boxes to ship to customers. I watched as each box received a label that read ‘Made in China.’