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To Fight a Financial Crisis: What Should the President Do?

You are the U.S. President. After the hoopla of the inauguration, you settle into your work focused particularly on implementing your policy agenda, on which you were elected. The success of your campaign breeds triumphalism that energizes your work. Then, within weeks of your inauguration, a financial crisis hits…

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The Reading Leader: Recommended Books, 2015

  “I just sit in my office and read all day.” Warren Buffett, Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway (he claims to spend 80% of his time reading.)   In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none…

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In the absence of “right” answers

“It’s an umpire’s convention. Three umpires are standing aside, conversing. The first umpire, the most junior, says, “Baseball, nuthin’ but balls and strikes. I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em.” After a pause, the umpire with somewhat more experience, says, “Baseball, nuthin’ but balls and strikes. I calls…

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Advice to an entering student

Some years ago, I happened upon Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, by George Horace Lorimer—I recommend the book. Lorimer was an editor of the Saturday Evening Post, and penned a column for his readers over the 1890s that was eventually gathered into this book, and…

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What’s next after work?

“We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.” — Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt (TR) was an energetic—some would say, manic—leader. As Police Commissioner, he fought to rid New York City of corruption. He led the Rough Riders in…

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Darden Commencement Speech: “The hat you wear”

[Context: This is a farewell of sorts, since I’m stepping down as Dean of Darden this summer, and returning to the faculty. I started this speech wearing the traditional mortarboard hat. When I got to the part of talking about the baseball cap, I ad-libbed, saying, “Someone said…

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