Kiss a Leper: Leadership and Self-Contrarianism

This post is part of my leadership lessons from history series. Leadership requires courage of conviction. Working up to that strength requires overcoming your personal fears. The Franciscans are a Catholic order that is impressive by many standards.  They somehow continually convince people (currently 14,000 friars) to give up every personal comfort.  They sponsor numerous […]

My Former Life as a Secret Agent

I have never told anyone this. When I was 9 years old, I experienced a stressful event which caused me to partially withdraw from society.  I built around me a cocoon of imagination.  My whole life was fake. I imagined I was a secret agent. For some reason, my country needed a small boy with […]

Want to live longer?

I am in Japan this week, meeting creative people.  I interacted with a really interesting person by chance. Across the alley from the apartment where I am staying, I was awoken early in the morning by an old man banging on a pot with a hammer. Determining a Japanese person’s age is difficult, but this […]

Should you go back to college or university?

Will your career be advanced by going back to school?  Maybe, maybe not. Do you wish you had earned a degree when you were younger? Do you feel left out of conversations when people quote Jane Austen?  Do you wish you could use historical examples from the Peloponesian War? Many people feel the allure of […]

To Be Creative, Specialize. Or Generalize.

To become creative—to consistently innovate—which strategy is best?  Should you focus expertise in your domain, going deeper?  Or should you be a generalist and learn broadly? My experience, and research, leads me to believe that both are necessary. Go Deep You can’t create a new guitar riff destined to become iconic, if you are not […]