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Disenfranchised nomads and itchy blue suits

Uncategorized Oct 02, 2023

Wow - already October and after a weekend in China without access to email and social media I feel both behind and sadly aware of my addiction to my email and social media! 

I have a bone to pick about how we let our disdain for people not like us get in the way of better ways to work,...

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The 100th Milestone: Reflecting on Lessons in Leadership, Life, and Legacy

This thought letter about future proofing life and work is now 100 letters old. Launched as a gift of ideas and conversation that was 100% opt-in, completely free and covering a range of topics and mindsets around creating better futures for yourself, your organizations and the planet. 

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Taking Time Off In Order to Succeed

The first summer I worked for a European company, my little American psyche was blown away.

“We’ll follow the Karakoram highway into Pakistan. It’s hot that time of year but you really need a month to do it properly so we’re going in August since everyone is on holiday...

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Zoom, Barbie and the Return to Office Debate

Last week I shared a post on LinkedIn about the Zoom “back to work” announcement which generated a landslide of passionate comments. 

Having seen Zoom’s agility at the beginning of the pandemic when others were slow, there's for sure the possibility of schadenfreude, a...

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The Best of What I’m Reading, Watching, and Exploring

The slower days of August are a perfect time to catch up with the big, juicy peach-like ideas in life.

While the fiber-filling red apples of Fall are just around the corner, right now there is a bit of space to read and listen and dream and make the weird connections that deliver insights and...

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Family Vacations and the Hollywood Writers Strike

hybrid work vacation values Jul 31, 2023

How has your summer gone so far? 

I just sweated through four weeks, two countries, six cities, a handful of mostly uninspiring hotels (beige as far as the eye can see), 13 college visits, family reunions and more fast food than I ever thought I would eat. 

(no, chicken fingers covered...

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Are you future board ready?

My route to board service has been more like a game of hopscotch. In my early 20s I was a nominee director on several of the startup boards our venture capital firm invested in. I had zero training and, in retrospect, provided little value beyond my executive role helping the companies with their...

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How Boards Add Value in a Crisis

When a company finds itself in crisis, what is the role of the board and its directors? 

We discussed a recent company snafu in a previous blog and I make a regular study of companies which make the headlines due to their poor governance (Theranos, Wirecard, Wells Fargo, Toshiba) as...

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Learning from the Failure of the Titan

When I read the tragic tale of the Titan Submersible which imploded a week ago, killing all five people aboard, I had a familiar sinking feeling. 

“Where was the board?”

Like in the collapse of Theranos, WeWork, Weinstein & Co, Wirecard….where was the board?

My...

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How to Derisk Your Career

In 1999, I left my lucrative, coveted spot at a management consulting firm to do a stint as Luce Fellow living and working in Asia. I came to Hong Kong as a pit stop to meet my boss on the way to Beijing to start Internet World magazine in China and Asia. 

Sorry, the joint venture has...

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