Exceptionalism and Principles

In my day job advising MBAs pursuing consulting careers, I give a lot of students practice interviews, especially case interviews. A typical case interview presents a hypothetical business/client problem and asks the student to lay out a structured approach to the problem. So far, so good. At some point in some cases, however, the student…

Building a Knowledge Base

A friend recently asked me how I choose what books to read in the course of this project, whether I enjoy them all, and commented that an inherent weakness of most algorithm-based recommendations is that they simply recommend more of the same, and don’t recognize when you might want a change. I admit to sometimes…

Intentions and Actions

I was excited to see “The Sea of Precious Virtues” as an option on this shelf. A “mirror for princes,” it purports to be a leadership guide, but is more about living a good Islamic life than leadership per se. As I’ve been reading more about religion, one of the major philosophical differences that has…

Fight Safety

I still plan to do most of my thinking/writing on this site, but I wrote the linked piece below for broader share-ability as a reaction to the allegations of what went on on the set of Kill Bill. I first heard about the choking scene in Inglourious Basterds from a director on a student film…

Making Connections

Multilingual puns and crossreferences are one of the most satisfying elements for me of reading broadly. One serious and one humorous emerged from two of the texts that I read in Olin. I’ve done a better job of keeping up the reading than the writing about them; two that have been ongoing due to either…

Life Lessons from Pull-ups

Another year, another intention to write more/read more/work out more to become more of the intellectual/Renaissance man I aspire to be. I completed one of my resolutions last year, however, which was to do pull-ups on 100 days in the year (I fell laughably short on two others: to read 50 pages/day and to blog…