Experience

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ExxonMobil CEO's difficult move from executive to diplomat

Donald Trump has named Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil’s current CEO, as his Secretary of State.  You hear a lot of arguments why business leaders should make effective politicians. And those arguments make sense, for sure. Business leaders know how to manage large organizations. They know how to combat inefficiencies. They know how to satisfy diverse stakeholder communities, and
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What soccer taught me about business

I published a post this morning on Medium titled “What soccer taught me about business”. It’s a story of how I went from ignoring soccer, to watching only the World Cup, to being a true fan. And as I learned more about soccer, I saw many parallels with business. The short version is that soccer
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Correlation versus causation in the world of business

In science, we take great effort to avoid confusing correlation with causation. Two things can happen simultaneously, but not be the cause of one another. Confusing the two is a well-known logical fallacy. How do you overcome potential confusion? Test. Set up experiments that isolate variables. Show that you’re able to effect change in one
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Showing up is more important, and harder, than it seems

Have you ever listened to music, and thought…I could do that? What about movies? Have you see any actors or actresses, and thought you could act just as well? Or maybe it’s a chef whipping up a particular recipe. Or maybe it’s someone paid to talk on TV about financial markets. Or an author. Or
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Want the career of your dreams? Act like a giant water bug

I’ll get to the water bug in just a second. I read a Medium article by Graeme Fulton titled “I’m not smart, I just sat there for longer than you”. It wasn’t the article I was expecting, but it was still a good read. What did I expect? An article on discipline. And patience. The power
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How the food bank taught me about theory versus practice

My family and I volunteered at the Houston Food Bank over the holidays. We spent an afternoon in the warehouse, sorting incoming food donations. I realized something almost immediately after we started. The fulfillment I got from volunteering was stronger than I anticipated. Before we volunteered, I expected to feel fulfilled. I knew that organizations
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