Getting Better

What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders

I seem to be quoting The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan a lot these days. A few weeks ago, she had an excellent column suggesting that leaders need to think more like artists than economists. This past week she reviewed a collection of speeches by the historian David McCullough, who has much to offer leaders of any… Read more What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders

Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change

The new book by Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, has a crazy title but smart idea. “Thank You For Being Late” refers to how he likes others to be late for appointments, because he has learned to appreciate and use the unexpected minutes. The book is one long reflection on future challenges,… Read more Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change

How to avoid leaping off a retirement cliff (whether you’re a lawyer or not)

A longtime academic colleague recently admitted that he saw retirement as leaping off a cliff, and that was unnerving. When an opportunity emerged to be a dean in an overseas university, he jumped at it. Now he’s counting the days until his contract expires. Bad decision. So when Business Insider Editor David Staats reminded his… Read more How to avoid leaping off a retirement cliff (whether you’re a lawyer or not)

I need to block out distractions to focus on a task. You do, too

I used to cringe when my high-school-age son disappeared under headphones to do homework. Likewise, at many work places, millennials insist they can multitask when they listen to music while working. I’m the opposite. I need quiet, a space apart from the world, and no distractions if I am going to write, read or concentrate… Read more I need to block out distractions to focus on a task. You do, too

A simple tip for college students and grads who want a job

Business leaders have long talked about what they want and need in the new workforce, from technical skills to problem-solving ability to creativity. But I have a simple tip for young people currently in community colleges or universities that may help them even before they join the workforce: Get to know your professors. Two recent… Read more A simple tip for college students and grads who want a job