Sometimes life can be a challenge, especially when reporting to difficult bosses. "Difficult" is a diplomatic term for "other agendas," and reflects poorly on a weak leadership. The past 10-15 years, I've mostly worked for investment-type companies or banks. Here are some of my real life most hilarious moments, and lessons.
I interviewed character actor Steve Zahn, one of film's most visible faces over the past 20 years, in 2009. He was memorably funny, energetic and self-effacing, much like the characters he tends to play.
In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).
Who are you to act as spokesperson for all people of faith in this country? For that matter, who do you think you are to speak for the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians, the Kalahari Bushmen and the Aztecs?
In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...
Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.
I've heard Rick Famuyiwa's Dope referred to as Nerdz 'N the Hood, which is apt -- although a better comparison would be Risky Business.
As Class Historian for Vassar's first coed freshman class, to me it was historically coincidental that Arianna Huffington opened her address at Vassar's 151st commencement in Poughkeepsie, New York, 75 miles north of New York City, with a reference to her own Greek heritage.
Ambitious Millennials love to dream. The dreams may be ambitious, they may be big and they may even be lucrative, but there is no saying that they cannot be all at once - in other words, be quite excellent.
Perhaps there was another motive for your gift. Perhaps this was less about the deficiencies of the East Coast's technology landscape and more about winning the game of "one-upmanship" that wealthy donors and institutions tend to play.
If you blindly follow the rules you're actually going to end up looking like every other high achieving student out there. And many times all you get for your grueling work is a spot on your top school's waitlist.
The good people of Dusseldorf, Germany, and specifically the IKB Bank, which specializes in loans to small and medium-size businesses, has kindly endowed Harvard University's engineering school with a gift of $400m. Strangely, though, the Harvard Engineering School was renamed after hedge-fund manager John A. Paulson, not IKB, and thereby hangs a tale.
Regardless of what the future looks like, to be relevant, schools have to provide learning beyond the academic curriculum. It's the soft skills/intangibles that have shaped my experience at Harvard Business School so far.
The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.
While the debate still remains open about the level of quality that the sector is capable of delivering, it is offering a valid alternative for working adults or marginalized students who would otherwise receive little or no education.
It's a question I've been asking myself for years now and one I try to ask the CEOs, business owners and managers I come into contact with. (Notice I didn't say leaders I come in contact with. A title doesn't automatically confer leadership. Too often, it's a quality we take for granted, assuming that authority comes with a position.)