December 2015

The greatest gift on earth is presence. Being present means showing up physically, and devoting your undivided attention (emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) to another human being. It is being there for another person when they’re facing the worst day of their life. It is being there with someone in their most triumphant moment. It is [...]

Today I’d like to discuss something profoundly important regarding decision making. Ninety-nine percent of people do not grasp these concepts, as they are subtle and nuanced. My question is this: What makes a decision a good one? It’s a simple question. Most people say a good decision is one where there is a good outcome. [...]

When I was in my first year at McKinsey, one of my Engagement Managers gave me some feedback. He said, “You’re smart, you’ve got the analytics, but you come across like you’re young and inexperienced.” My response was, “Well… that’s because I AM young and inexperienced!” He said, “That’s irrelevant.” “Rather than think of yourself [...]

A week or so ago, I held a case structuring contest. I showed a TV interview of a U.S. college student leader arguing that all university student debt should be forgiven and that college tuition be free to students. The person being interviewed was unprepared and didn’t propose a well reasoned or structured argument. So [...]