April 4, 2018

For as long as I can remember there have been figures in authority positions within my life attempting to instill a sense of fear or concern for the future.  As I have grown older, parents and teachers have given way to business and though leaders with pessimistic views of the future.  During my early years it was the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, the hole in the ozone layer, and threat of a global pandemic.  Since then I have seen an increase in trepidation over the nebulous threat of terrorism, chemical weapons, guns in schools, global warming and many other fears playing on our sense of mortality and lack of control.  At the same time, I have also noticed a rise in anxiety towards technology.

In regards towards technology and the future it is nothing new to have a wide spectrum of viewpoints.  George Orwell’s novel 1984 famously predicted a world in which the ruling elite used technology to spy on their citizens to maintain control, and in 1920’s R.U.R....

March 22, 2017

In early 2016 I made a very important choice for my life, I decided to go back to university and pursue an MBA degree.  I’d been out of school quite a bit longer than most of my future peers, 12 years, and would not only be leaving a position in which I was comfortable, but a company that had a great culture and work life balance.  In essence, there was nothing about my current position that was overly negative or really pushing me towards higher education, instead I was two things; curiosity about topics that I had only a cursory understanding, and not feeling challenged in my current role. 

I realized on reflection that I had not felt truly challenged in a long time.  By truly challenged I do not mean in the sense of not having enough minutes in the day to accomplish everything in your to-do list, this is a pressure everyone feels, instead the kind of challenge that stretches your skills and abilities in a way that forces you to grow.  This was partially my own fault for hav...

February 27, 2017

This was originally posted on the Imperial College Business School Blog which can be found here: https://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/business-school/intelligence/student-blog/ethical-business/

To some, the title of this blog might appear to be oxymoronic.  We seem to be living in an age of sweatshops, insider trading, & white collar crime which potentially has created a general opinion that to rise in through the ranks of the business world one has to forgo their personal ethics.  Meanwhile we search around us for strong leadership to guide us, akin to how the North Star guided our ancestors.  As an MBA student, this means that we need to ask ourselves some difficult questions.  What sorts of leaders will we become?  Will we be able to make the difficult decisions needed to navigate the oftentimes murky delineation between right and wrong in the business world?

Recently here at Imperial College, we took a break from our studies to ask ourselves some of these difficult questio...

November 9, 2016

**I am writing this after a long night of watching one state after another cast their delegates towards a Trump Presidency.  While that may have been the catalyst towards me putting down these thoughts, there is a wider issue I am attempting to raise and highlight that is becoming increasingly prevalent.**

A different kind of glass ceiling was broken today. The glass ceiling that kept xenophobic narcissistic extremists in check has been shattered paving the way for future "leaders" who create their own world view sans evidence and rationalism, who repeatedly abuse and harass others and demean our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends of different ethnic backgrounds. Today the world has changed and is a poorer place for all of us who inhabit it.  

This ceiling already contained cracks.  In central Europe anti-immigration and neo-Nazi party affiliated leadership had already rose to power.  In the United Kingdom, from where I am writing this blog, only a few months back a divisive decisio...

October 20, 2016

When I look down at my left hand while typing I can still see the scar on my pointer finger from when I was 8 years old and made a mistake while whittling.   Oddly I’ve become fond of the scar.  Not only does it represent a memory from my childhood, during a particularly happy time, but it is also a constant reminder to try something new. 

As we grow older we tend to become more risk adverse.  Stop and think about it for a moment.  When you were 8 years old every tree was a climbing challenge, every hill waited to be conquered.  If you fell and scraped a knee or got a cut you’d get some extra attention from a parent, probably something sweet, and move on to the next adventure.  Somewhere along the timeline from childhood naiveté to hyper responsible adulthood we lose that sense of adventure and risk.

Don’t get me wrong we still take risks, driving in rush-hour traffic is a greater risk than any tree we ascended as a child, however that sense of adventure and...

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