Great Leaders Tell Great Stories

Medieval nobles were horrible, violent people.  They would beat peasants for fun and trample crops of poor people during their jousting matches.  They burned peasant homes for sport.  Why?  Because they could.  They were the warrior class and had the weapons.   In the early middle ages, a knight was someone who had money toContinue reading “Great Leaders Tell Great Stories”

Leadership and Alliances

During World War I, the British Navy killed an estimated 750,000 civilians—normal people—by starving them to death with a blockade.  That is just one estimate, but even 10% of that number is unimaginably heinous. The lesson of the day: Choose your allies carefully. In the early 1900s, Germany felt alone in the world.  They wantedContinue reading “Leadership and Alliances”

Why You Should Join an MLM Scam

Every generation must re-learn that MLM (multi-level marketing or network marketing) is extremely profitable—for a tiny percentage of participants. And that is okay. One estimate is that 2% in any MLM organization make outsized profits, and the rest lose money.  That estimate might be high or low. People become part of the 98% if theyContinue reading “Why You Should Join an MLM Scam”

The Vikings Have Really Improved

This year begins with a new series, Developing Leadership Skills from History.   Should we teach business skills in schools?   Do business skills matter? For 373 years, the Vikings terrified Europe. The Germans were powerless before the Danes.  Vikings called the Franks in the powerful Carolingian Empire “beggars,” because they would beg for theirContinue reading “The Vikings Have Really Improved”

Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List

In my country, people practice a pretend belief in Santa Claus.  This mythical person delivers gifts to well-behaved children.  Naughty children, in theory, receive nothing.   The definition of good vs. bad is fuzzy.  It is subjectively determined by parents in each household.   In practice, however, poor children receive less, regardless of behavior.  BounteousContinue reading “Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List”