The North Carolina State Bar Journal has published an expanded version of the essay, “Three Uncles at the Bar,” that I wrote on this site about a year ago.
Basic principles from business strategy can help us think through how we want to maximize the resources we have in our lives—especially time.
“In Search of a Professional Politician” highlights the definition of professional identity and imagines the ways that professional politicians, as opposed to career politicians, would lead and influence the American political landscape.
We need a bold and renewed conception of honorable business as a noble profession. The most serious challenges to American business culture can be addressed by recapturing and reclaiming two truths: businesses are led by professionals, and the primary function of business is to create value in society.
‘Brexit’ is a harbinger for American politics: the core error of the EU’s leadership is present on our side of the Atlantic as well.
I had the wonderful privilege of presenting in the Marble Colloquium series at Marble Collegiate Church this weekend: a fun opportunity to intentionally explore the theological work that happens in my own mind behind the business ethics lessons that I teach.
Being a simple leader is a lot harder than generating and wading among complications. It almost always involves more responsibility. Paradoxically, it requires more comfort with complexity, because you have to spend time sifting the complex into simple terms. And it requires tremendous self-confidence, because in a simple leadership environment, there won’t be any question who is responsible when problems arise. But it’s what professionals do.
Fourteen years and eleven hours ago, I was in graduate school. It was the second year of a three-year program, I was getting married in three months, and I expected that Tuesday to be like any other. During my first class, whispers emerged about something going on — a bombing, I heard first. By the break between classes, there was a TV set up in the student lounge and we had started to learn about planes hitting the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was hit during my second class, and rumors about other attacks were rampant.
When we really get it right, the holy grail of leading creatively is that we increase the value experienced by the community around us. Put a different way, we enable those around us to flourish. To some extent, this is aspirational: it feels a little pie-in-the-sky. But we are obligated toward this aspiration.
You haven’t mastered the disciplines of business administration – no person has. You have, we certify today, mastered the art of learning about business administration. Graduation isn’t an occasion to mark full formation, but rather an occasion to mark that you’ve found the work to do within: to occupy yourself with your own goals for learning and development.