Below are just a few opinion columns I have written that have been published over the years. Enjoy!
Being a Bank in an Amazon World
March, 2019 (published in the University of California – San Diego/Rady School business journal)
Financial Institutions have undergone significant change in how they relate to their markets over the past decade, but those changes will be dwarfed . This article outlines key themes banks and credit unions need to consider as they move into a perilous and exciting future.
The Civilian Gun Culture is a Dysfunctional Mess
May, 2018 (published by NBC following the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas)
The military has a high-functioning approach to guns that emphasizes training, safety and accountability. Our civilian approach to guns could learn from this.
Political Opinions and Personal Identity
When our opinions become part of our identity, we can get stuck.
Asking the Right Questions About Healthcare
If we keep asking the wrong questions, we’ll keep getting the wrong answers.
Immigration, Interpreters, and Promises
Insights from my experiences with interpreters in light of the immigration debate.
Elections, Citizenship, and our Better Angels
How two memos, written over 100 years apart, can teach us about citizenship.
Tuscan Hill Towns and 21st Century Trade
Thinking about 21st trade policies amidst 14th century towns.
Explaining How the Election Works
Explaining the presidential election process to a space alien.
Slavery, Symbols & The Mississippi State Flag
A list of Mississippi notables join forces to create overdue change.
Bridging The Wealth Gap
If we’re going to address the wealth gap, we’ll need to start with some honesty.
Shining A Light On Trolls
Public shaming and patent trolls: An underutilized strategy?
Tesla Shakes Up the Auto Business
Auto dealerships struggle to protect the status quo.
Welcome Back College Students!
Unsolicited advice as the school year commences.
On Cancelled Flights and Industry Consolidation
Business would be so much easier without those pesky customers….
Too Little Information
What would James Madison say?
The Superheros of Election Season
A column about amazing powers and entertaining fiction during election season.
New Childhoods and New Jobs
Why are we switching places with our kids?
Fate And An Unsinkable Ship
A young man watches the Titanic leave Belfast.
Respect For Office
Learning a lesson from the military….
Software & Inequality
Technology disruption drives income inequality in ways that tax rates cannot.
A few exerpts from 2011 college graduation speeches….
An American Horror Story
So, you don’t think that tax forms are interesting? Well think again…if you dare.
Crude Oil & Hot Air
Vision without execution is hallucination.
Once Upon A Time: A Story About Change
Unexpected plot twists for two giant book retailers.
Social media: Past is Prologue.
A salute to excellence in graft.
Civility is not a lack of passion, principal, or decisiveness. Civility is not something we find only on the right, on the left, or in the middle – it is something we find in ourselves.
Innovate or die.
Commercials That Make Parents Wince
Pharmaceutical television ads and awkward silences.
Yes. I Am a Tourist.
A sweeping defense of a much-maligned traveler.
Spring & The Upper Midwest
I take my first hesitant steps outside; my legs trembling, my skin pale, and my eyes squinting in the harsh daylight. This must be what it was like for early life forms millions of years ago to evolve from the primordial ooze and begin to walk on land.
Markets & Psychology
Fear. Greed. Globalization. Magic 8 Balls.
On political advertising and repitition. On political advertising and repitition.
M&Ms and Balancing
What M&Ms can teach us about success. Wait for it….wait for it…..
A Nation of Producers. A Nation of Consumers.
We have met the enemy and he is us.
Celebrating Our Good Fortune
The world is going to hell in a handbasket. At least that’s what I understood as I looked at the book the guy sitting next to me in the plane was reading.
A French Guy & A New Country
If Alexis de Tocqueville were still alive, we would be over 200 years old, which would be only slightly more remarkable than a book he authored following a trip to the United States in his 26th year.
St. Patrick & Monsters
On March 17, the annual celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day will no doubt be in full swing throughout the United States. It is a day to commemorate the life of an iconic figure in Irish history who died over 1,545 years ago.
The Art of Zen & Plastic Packaging
January 1, 2006
I did it. She’s free.