2015

The Greatest Gift on Earth is...

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 [...]

Good Decisions vs. Luck

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. [...]

The Importance of Executive Presence

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 [...]

The Case Structuring Contest Winner Is...

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 [...]

With Much Gratitude

Today I’m celebrating my favorite U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving because the focus is on appreciating and giving thanks for all that is wonderful in our lives. I wanted to thank you for your support of CaseInterview.com. I appreciate you telling others about my blog, books, email articles, and courses. Because of this support, [...]

Case Structuring Contest

I came across the following television interview the other day. The person being interviewed is a leader of a group of college students demanding that all student loans in the U.S. be forgiven, and that college tuition be free. She was not prepared, and ended up humiliating herself on live national television. Specifically, she was [...]

The Blame-Oriented Corporate Culture

Something just went wrong; really wrong. What’s the first instinct you and others have? In many company cultures (and in many family, marriage or parent/child relationship cultures), the first order of business is to decide whom to blame. Much of corporate politics (not to mention governmental politics) is based on this principle. “I don’t want [...]

Succeeding at the Edge of Discomfort

When you look at the top performers in every domain, all of them share one thing in common. They live their lives at the edge — at the edge of discomfort. All growth comes from this edge. It’s a thin line between success and failing. This is especially apparent in the weight room. I’ve been [...]

Why Good Strategic Planning Sucks

Strategic planning involves making decisions to allocate time, money and focus in the present to achieve an outcome in the future. Resource constraints make strategic planning necessary and useful. If you had unlimited funds, people, and time to invest, you don’t need strategic planning. You would simply decide to pursue all options simultaneously without any [...]

It (Still) Stinks to be a Woman in Corporate

McKinsey, in conjunction with Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.Org (She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook), has just released a new analysis quantifying the progress of women in corporate America. On the current pace of female advancement in industry, the U.S. will have 250 women as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies 100 years from today. The analysis [...]

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