The Key to Success in a Winner-Take-All World: Be a Glue Person

Neil Irwin — New York Times economics correspondent and author of How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World — was a guest on a recent Pinkcast episode, and he offered 2 words and 1 question that can help people succeed in today's competitive marketplace. Irwin claims that what makes people succeed in a highly competitive job market is … Continue reading The Key to Success in a Winner-Take-All World: Be a Glue Person

Is This What It Takes to Be a Billionaire?

Elon Musk is worth $20 billion. He turned 47 on June 28, and he said he spent the full 24 hours of his birthday at work. “All night — no friends, nothing,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. Two days later, he was scheduled to be the best man at his brother's … Continue reading Is This What It Takes to Be a Billionaire?

To the Kid on the End of the Bench

This is the 44th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Champions once sat where you're sitting, kid. The Football Hall of Fame (and every … Continue reading To the Kid on the End of the Bench

The Slim Margin of Success

This is the 34th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. The difference between winning and losing is sometimes very slight. There were eight finalists … Continue reading The Slim Margin of Success

Certificates of Failure

Walk into any doctor's or college professor's office, and you're likely to see a wall lined with framed certificates of that person's academic accomplishments. I admit that I look at these certificates, and often use them as a way of quickly judging the competence of the individual whose name appears on the certificates. However, as … Continue reading Certificates of Failure