November 2016

Being Slightly Famous

Traditional career planning strategy involves going to a good school, getting a job from a big brand name company, and getting promoted. This is the premise of all academic schooling through college. But… the world has changed quite profoundly in the last 15 years. The world is more hyperconnected than ever before. This has several implications [...]

With Much Gratitude

Today is my favorite U.S. holiday — Thanksgiving. It is a holiday devoted to being grateful for what we have and appreciate in our lives. On this day, I am grateful for… (wait for it)… three things: (I know, I know… even my gratitude is in concise McKinsey synthesis format… :) ) 1) I am [...]

Lessons from the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election was considered by most to be a stunning upset. Most, including Donald Trump’s campaign staff, were surprised by the results. Nearly every election forecast had predicted Hillary Clinton. Most probability tables estimated Clinton with a 60%-90% chance of winning in the 24 hours prior to the election. [...]

Existing vs. Thriving

One of the single most useful skills in life and in career is the ability to tolerate turbulence. The easiest way to avoid turbulence is to never get out of bed and never try to do anything meaningful. When you take this approach in life or career, you risk nothing. You minimize your chances of [...]

Winner of Sweet Estimation Contest

While celebrating the U.S. holiday Halloween, I announced an estimation question contest. As you might recall, I posed the following question: “In today’s New York Times, I learned that in the weeks leading up to this holiday, Americans purchased $2.7 BILLION dollars in candy. So here’s my challenge for you. Assuming all of that candy [...]

The Next U.S. President Will Be...

Within the next 36 hours, the next President of the United States will be determined via an election. This is a very unusual election (understatement). We have the two least-liked presidential candidates in the history of modern U.S. Presidential elections. One argues for a return to the past. The other for a different kind of [...]

A Sweet Estimation Question

Last night, I took my kids out for an American children’s holiday known as Halloween. Kids (and some ahem… adults) dress up in costume (I was a penguin this year), go door-to-door, saying “Trick or Treat” and get free candy from the neighbors. My three kids brought back a record 420 pieces of candy.  In [...]