Who women want (in the White House)

Gender is set to be a defining issue in this year’s US presidential race. Donald Trump recently claimed “the only thing” Hillary Clinton has “got going is the women’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her”. Polls suggest the opposite – Hillary Clinton enjoys a lead among female voters of all backgrounds, while she struggles with the blue-collar male vote. As part of the BBC’s State of America series, Katty Kay examines who women... Read more →

The World in 60 Seconds: Turkey, Venezuela and More

Here’s the World in 60 Seconds… the purple for ‪#‎Prince‬ edition. Saudis: Will they cause trouble if the U.S. passes the 9/11 bill? The Saudis cause trouble. That is kind of the modus operandi. But they’re not going to take all their money out of the United States. That would be cutting off the proverbial Saudi nose to spite the proverbial Saudi face. Brazil: Will Rousseff and Lula’s problems hurt the rest of the Latin left? They certainly will. And not just in Brazil but... Read more →

A Little Happier: Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection

This is one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood: Sometimes, flawed can be more perfect than perfection. I love the humming that’s audible in this recording of Glenn Gould’s performance. For me, the “flaw” of the humming makes the music more beautiful. What do you think — agree, disagree? If you’re interested in this idea, it also relates to the haunting Japanese concept of wabi-sabi–-the beauty of “the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” I hope you’re enjoying the new mini-episodes.... Read more →

What to “Fix” If You Want to Be a Leader

It’s commonly supposed that leaders are born and not made, but there is no real evidence for that. More realistically, leadership is a quality you discover in yourself, not by a sudden revelation but by a series of steps. Each step leads to the same conclusion: “I can do this.” As you meet one challenge after another, you grow into leadership. The process is entirely personal and different from one individual to the next, which is why no university or business school course can... Read more →

Opening Minds on Ed Tech

Every teacher deserves the chance to be phenomenal. It’s easy to say, and I don’t know anyone who would disagree with the sentiment. But in the history of American education, this vision has proven hard to deliver on. Whenever I talk to teachers, one of their biggest concerns is that they don’t have the tools they need to do their best work. We see the same results in polls of teachers. I’m optimistic that all of us who are passionate about education can solve this problem. One of the main... Read more →

Pure and Organic … Sort of

  The long-awaited DOL Conflict of Interest rule has generated a lot of conversation around the concept of “fiduciary.” The word “fiduciary” comes from the Latin fiducia—“trust.” It is a legally binding obligation to serve the best interest of another ahead of one’s own. In medicine, it requires doctors to act in the best interests of their patients. In law, it requires attorneys to act in the best interest of their clients.   “Fiduciary” is a label that indicates to... Read more →

Living the Dream: Equilibrium is the Measure of Success

In this series, professionals describe what numbers govern their happiness. Write your own #MyMetric post here. Over a glass of wine, a friend recently told me she was the luckiest person in the universe. She said, “I have it made.” Her pursuit of a career as a wine maker led her to Napa Valley. She spent days outside in the vineyards, working with field hands and friends who work in the wine industry. In the evenings, she has relaxing dinners with her husband and two young children. She drives... Read more →

Why addressing climate change makes good business sense

In 1970, when Earth Day first began and renewable technologies were in their infancy, few Americans could have imagined the ability to plug in their car rather than refuel at the gas station. Few would have dreamt of a world in which our homes, businesses and communities could be powered entirely by solar energy – let alone wind or the waves of the ocean. Today, we have truly transformed and diversified our energy sector.  This has been good not just for consumers and the environment, but for... Read more →

With Paris Agreement, Businesses Have a Clear Directive for Sustainable Growth

Today, on Earth Day, more than 100 nations are expected to sign the historic Paris Agreement. This collective pledge signals continued momentum in the transition to a low-carbon economy. We are encouraged by the willingness of world leaders to not only make commitments, but agree to regularly track outcomes and make adjustments along the way to ensure progress. Now it is time to move from agreement to action. In order to execute on these commitments – the world needs practical solutions and financing... Read more →

Success Is Not For Someone Else; It’s For You

Your self confidence is the basis of your success. You have to believe that success is not just for someone else, it’s for you. Yet, many of us struggle with truly believing that we are capable of big things – it’s hard to comprehend your full potential. Cultivating my own confidence, and learning to feel the fear and do it anyway, has been essential to move forward in my life as an entrepreneur. Irv Grousbeck, the professor of the popular “Entrepreneurial Ventures” course at Stanford... Read more →
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