Speaking your Mind

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain When communicating in a public space (Twitter, Facebook, blogging, meetings, etc.), it’s easy to censor yourself though the simple fear of saying something irredeemably stupid. Something so vapid, so provably false, that […]

Lost Skills

When I was in high school, I used to amuse myself by multiplying four digit numbers in my head. It was a point of pride that I had memorized all of my friends’ phone numbers. I even worked out my own (possibly incorrect) version of the Doomsday rule (no, no, of course there was no […]

The Curse of the Golden Child

You’ve seen this before, perhaps even lived it. A new person starts at the company, and from day one, she’s on fire. Everything she touches turns to gold: her projects magically complete ahead of schedule, she’s able to pull the thread on long-standing intractable problems until they’re worked out, everyone enjoys working with her, and […]

Changing your mind, selling out

When I was in high school, I once told a friend, in a fit of idealistic follow-your-dreams zeal, that if I ever ended up going to business school, he should punch me in the face. Of course, I had no idea what business school was really about, and as I’ve learned more about how things […]