Why I Do What I Do

Someone asked me the other day why I do what I do, why I work with students, speak on campuses, research and write about the usefulness of the liberal arts in business, why I offer consulting services—all to connect liberal arts students with careers in business. I have two answers to that question: 1)       There’s never been…

Big Questions, Small Ideas

            Everyday, I try to sort through the mostly histrionic, stylized chitchat that now passes for “the news” to see what facts make it through the sound wash about the state of business and the economy in the world.  I heard that last month the economy added about 125,000 jobs, about 1.5% of the 8,000,000…

Disagreeing with King Henry VIII

            Do you remember A Man for All Seasons, the play by Robert Bolt about the life of Sir Thomas More?  More was a prominent English statesman and religious leader in the Catholic Church during the time of Henry VIII.  He was also the one man King Henry could not persuade to condone his divorce from…

What Great Books Have to do with Great Project Management

Last week, I taught “Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers” at Portland State University’s Professional Development Center, a two-day workshop for (not surprisingly) project managers. All of them in this class had been around the block many times—very experienced PM’s from a variety of industries ranging from health care to electricity, public works to public education. In…

College Isn’t Job Training

College isn’t job training. I’ll probably be detained in an airport now for uttering such heresy, given that many college students think they’re preparing themselves for “careers” and colleges encourage them to think this. It’s sad to consider it, really, because so many people, once they’re out of college and launched in these careers, spend…