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The Reading Leader: Recommended Books, 2014

There once was an enterprise leader who boasted that he read nothing: no books, periodicals, blogs, nothing. He claimed that this kept his mind pure of the conventional thinking that would be inimical to his foresight and originality. He was a boring dinner companion: highly opinionated on a narrow range…

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To Strengthen a Learning Community of Safety and Trust

“She was shaking inside. She didn’t hurt anymore, but what had happened inside her?…So horrible, so horrible…Charlotte felt dirty and sore.” –Tom Wolfe, I Am Charlotte Simmons (pgs. 522-523) Tom Wolfe’s blistering satire of higher education includes a long episode of seduction that culminates in…

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Optimistic Investors

We just concluded the 7th annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC). For the first time in seven years, I (and many veteran participants) emerged from the conference rather buoyant. Professional investors tend not to be wild-and-crazy personalities: phrases like “prudent fiduciary” and “careful analyst” appear with some…

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The Happy Warrior

”WHO is the happy Warrior? Who is heWhat every man in arms should wish to be?“—Character of the Happy Warrior” by William Wordsworth, 1806Two days ago, I hosted the Darden Military Association of students at our home for dinner. It’s an annual event that my wife…

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Time to Fix Your Debt?

Student debt has been in the news a lot lately, mainly because of its sheer size: some $1.2 trillion of it is outstanding, more than any other class of consumer loans in America. In previous postings (see this and this) I have argued that borrowing to finance your education…

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Bubble Watching

The S&P500 Index crossed the 2000-mark this past week, fueling more wonderment at the lofty levels of equity prices. As I explained in a recent op-ed, high prices may be telling us something new about innovation that we don’t already know. But in recent meetings…

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