What To Do When Your Child Announces Writing as a College Major

My niece recently declared her college major: writing. In an era when liberal arts education must be defended, including against self-doubt, I believe she has made the right choice. She happens to be at the same school I attended, ranked in the top ten if that is any concern, and in the same program from which I graduated in 1988. I would do it again. Students and their parents are anxious, as they have every right to be, about “gainful employment” upon graduation. They wonder if any course... Read more →

How to Reform Legal Education

Now that I no longer head a law school, I am free to praise others for their innovations. When you are running an institution of higher education, of course you are expected to promote its ideas. I would like to call out, positively, another independent law school, however, because the issues we face in legal education are structural. We can and should learn from one another, about how to change the very nature of training the next generation of professionals. I just had the honor of speaking at Mitchell... Read more →

It’s time to stop taking Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings seriously

Thank goodness Bloomberg Businessweek is getting out of the rankings business—at least the business of cranking out undergraduate business school lists. Today (April 19), the magazine published the last of its undergraduate business program rankings and it’s a doozy. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, regarded by most in higher education as the No. 1 program, is ranked 16th, down nine spots from a rank of seventh two years ago. That puts Villanova, Bentley, William &... Read more →

How I Supported Underpaid Teachers on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and How You Can Help

Hey, I was in NYC last week because I was invited to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside the Founders of Twitter, Russell Simmons, and others, like Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, to show respect, as well as support for teachers. The thing is, #respect4teachers is needed now more than ever. I teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to help facilitate the #BestSchoolDay. Here’s an overview of what happened: #BestSchoolDay was a call to action for people across America to support classrooms... Read more →

Best Negotiation Movie of 2015–And what you should learn from it

The movie award season is upon us once again. As a committee of one, I am pleased to announce that Bridge of Spies wins the Best Negotiation Movie of 2015. Lincoln and A Hijacking, won the honor in 2012 and 2013, respectively. No  film qualified in 2014, but this past year Bridge was way over the bar.  (It’s also up for a Best Picture Oscar.) Steven Spielberg’s film is based on a negotiation to swap a captured Soviet spy for two Americans prisoners held being the Iron Curtain in the early... Read more →

Tech Lab for Privacy Policy Geeks

Policymakers, academics, advocates and CPOs need to see and experience the new technologies that are using data in novel ways in order to understand how to navigate the privacy issues. To help, The Future of Privacy Forum is building out a tech lab at our new offices. We will open it at a reception for our members  and policymakers during IAPP Global. Already you will be able to: – Fly a mini-drone – Chat with Hello Barbie – Tell Alexa what to do – Navigate BB-8 around the... Read more →

Spotlight On Analytics

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Venkat Vishwanathan, Founder and Chairman of LatentView Analytics. We discussed the trends of the industry, in particular, the Do It For Me trend we’re seeing in the space. Peakfoqus As for the pitches, first up, Minda Aguhob from San Francisco, California, pitched Peakfoqus, a safety app focused on tech-savvy seniors and families of tech-savvy people. My read: the product has not been positioned or scoped properly. e-SHE Shakti Next, Swaminathan... Read more →

Is THIS the No.1 Tool for Successful Leaders?

“Effective leaders ask questions instead of giving orders.” Dale Carnegie wrote that in his classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People nearly 80 years ago, but the advice is as good today as it was then. The higher people rise to power, the less likely it is that others around them challenge them or tell them bad news. Bad news often get filtered and edited as messages cascade upwards and sometimes is it hard for top leaders to get a real feel for what is actually happening. One... Read more →

Innovation Lessons from the Wright Brothers

When Wilbur and Orville Wright managed to build and fly an airplane, you might imagine that the world was immediately dazzled by their amazing achievement. You’d be wrong. As David McCullough chronicles in his excellent book The Wright Brothers, many of the “most prominent engineers, scientists, and original thinkers of the nineteenth century had been working on the problem of controlled flight,” without success. The endeavor was fraught with hazards that included “humiliating failure,... Read more →

Schulz’s Early AM Routine Feeds Starbucks’ Recent Success

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schulz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years. Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown. While many factors contribute to Starbucks’ immunity to economic trends, most are driven by Schulz. Starbucks’ massive size hasn’t stopped him from realizing his vision of creating a company that’s about much more than making money selling coffee;... Read more →
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