Giving Back

Observations: a web log

Giving Back


I keep coming back to the old, familiar adage that character is measured by what you do when no one else is looking. A couple incidents earlier this year underscored that little proverb for me and lifted my heart. In both cases, an individual did the right thing, in situations where he could have gotten away [...]

Let’s Redesign Executive Pay


Whenever I find fault with the world of business, anyone who knows me could easily accuse the pot of calling the kettle black. I made my career, and continue to operate, within the corporate world. Yet, having retired more than a decade ago, my view of business has sharpened and cooled. I look at the [...]

The Last Shall Be First

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Back in the 90s, when he was just out of school, Ed Tom worked as an associate buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue. Now he runs one of the most innovative high schools in the country, sending his unlikely South Bronx graduates on their way to Dartmouth, Penn, and Bryn Mawr. The son of Chinese immigrants [...]

Believe and Research Both


Now and then I hear from readers, often friends I’ve known for many years who finally read something I’ve written, yet this email was one of the most gratifying. It struck me as exactly what I wanted to achieve by writing The Constant Choice, to reach people like this, a young man I met in [...]

New and Improved Church


Last year, my lunch with Michael Lindvall, turned out to be a remarkable encounter. Lindvall is pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church, our family’s church in New York City. He was thrilled to share with me a recent sermon I had not heard in person. As a marketing professional, I would have special interest in this one, he [...]

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