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A part of me can’t believe that I’m actually going to write about the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah. I pretty much ignore American and British tabloid media. I don’t pay attention to anything going on with the British royal family (and former members thereof). However, for some reason I can’t quite articulate, I decided [...]

Your ability to be the smartest person in the room is highly dependent on your willingness to be the dumbest person in the room. Note: The rooms in these two situations are typically not the same room! In public work life, I often feel bemused by the amount of attention I get for my achievements. [...]

In life, the rich get richer, the successful get more successful, and the powerful get more powerful. Separate from the debate of whether this is a good thing or not, most agree there is a tendency for these things to happen. The question is, “Why?” And, why does it matter to you? When you’re rich, [...]

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to handle case interviews via video conference. At the time of writing this article, many firms are not meeting candidates face-to-face due to COVID-19. While video conference case interviews weren’t unheard of before, they are much more common right now. Today, I’d like to cover [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of power. For the entirety of my career, I’ve operated in the world of power. At first, it was the world of Fortune 500 boardrooms. I was in my first boardroom at age 22. Up until that point, I had never seen a conference room table [...]

If you improve your skills by 1% per week, in a year, you’ll have improved well over 50% (especially when you include compounding). If you improve your skills by 1% per day, in a year, you’ll have improved well over 365% (again, with compounding). I love this rule for two reasons. First, a 1% improvement [...]

There’s a quote I heard decades ago: “80 percent of success is just showing up.” When I first heard that quote, it seemed overly simplistic to the point that I dismissed it. However, with a few decades of perspective, I’ve changed my mind on this point of view. I’ve come to deeply appreciate how much [...]

A couple of weeks ago, McKinsey settled a major lawsuit regarding the firm’s work with the manufacturer of OxyContin — one of the key drugs in the opioid crisis that has claimed many lives. The settlement was for close to $600 million, as reported by the New York Times. Here are my thoughts… First, I’m [...]

In U.S. business news, the story of the week is day traders on the Robinhood stock trading app organizing stock trades via Reddit, a social media platform, to buy shares in the public company GameStop, all to make money while taking down Wall Street billionaires and their hedge funds. The above sentence is probably the [...]

The other day, someone in my Inner Circle mentorship program asked me the following: “Victor, how do you manage your information intake to avoid the ‘filter bubble’ and without falling prey to crackpot thinking?” Before I share what I do personally and why I do it, I thought I’d start by explaining what happens before [...]

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