Where you are influences what you can achieve. Your understanding of your position and most importantly how well you use it determines everything about your chances of success. As former G.E. CEO Jack Welch exhorts, “If you don’t have a strategic advantage, don’t compete.” Know your craft, have a plan, and play to your strengths. … More Position matters
We all know the adage, “slow and steady wins the race.” We grew up with the tale Tortoise and the Hare. “Life is a marathon not a sprint.” Chapter 12 of the book of Hebrews exhorts us to run the race marked out for our lives with endurance. There is no shortage of wisdom (and … More Consistency over intensity
Someone was rude to me today and I am not sure why or that I handled it well. The specifics of the infraction and my response are less important than what I need to learn from the dynamics of rudeness itself and how to handle it going forward. I have been rude to people knowingly … More Dealing with rudeness
Children born into poverty in the Bible Belt have the least economic mobility of any other part of the US. Meaning, if you are born poor, you will remain poor and so will your children and your children’s children. This banner of the American south is not unexpected given our social and economic policy and … More I want to help!
Being a Rotarian means above all else a belief in “service above self.” While quasi-religious in sentiment, in practice it means volunteering. This year I am a volunteer judge for the Laws of Life writing competition. High schoolers submit essays about their lives and a group of random adults read and judge them on the … More A dead tree destroyed my house
There is a lot in life to fear. Death and taxes – am I right?! Fear is a powerful human response that can let us know when we are in danger. The amygdala in the brain is typically associated with how we process fear. In the Academy Award winning documentary Free Solo, the subject of … More Tell that fox I have work to do
How does a person of Christian conscience cut through it all with a meaningful response? It’s not enough to denounce white nationalism. It’s not enough or even meaningful anymore to connect it to Western European imperialism. It’s almost insulting to offer thoughts and prayers. Remember Paris? Remember the Pulse nightclub shooting, coincidentally, where 49 people … More Muslim blood in ChristChurch
A wise and unusually successful corporate CEO mentor told me that “the CEO does what no one else can do.” That was it. He gave no directive about what the CEO can or should do, just that the CEO does what no one else can do. I’ve pondered this maxim over the course of my … More Chief Existential Officer
Sitting on a mound of cash waiting for the next financial crash is a fun place to be. Gains are forgone during the regular cycle in anticipation for the chance to pounce when everyone else is selling. The returns from this strategy reap significant dividends. The same approach applies to philanthropy. In fact, it is … More Buy low. Sell high.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Before he died, my dad would remind me that I was almost named Karl. I’d like to think that I would still be the same person I am today even if they’d named me Karl. Somehow, I … More My name is Akiva Ben Joseph, you killed my father, prepare to die