Ideas and Speeches

Our approach is characterized by continuous learning and hard work. Herein are a handful of AddressesAudio/Video PresentationsArticlesBooks and White Papers that we found thought provoking.
How to Do What You Love

How to Do What You Love

To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.” But it’s not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated. The very idea is foreign to what most of us learn as kids. When I was a kid, it seemed as if work and fun were opposites by definition… Read More

“There Are No Shortcuts!”: QUITTERS, CAMPERS, & CLIMBERS

“There Are No Shortcuts!”: QUITTERS, CAMPERS, & CLIMBERS

Three individuals were standing at the base of a steep hill. Having just traveled a great distance, all three were extremely tired, but knew that they must ascend the hill if they were to reach their goal destination. “That’s a pretty steep hill we have to climb. I don’t know if I can make it… Read More

The Road to Self Renewal

The Road to Self Renewal

This is a speech by John Gardner delivered in 1990 to McKinsey & Company: I’m going to talk about “Self-Renewal.” One of your most fundamental tasks is the renewal of the organizations you serve, and that usually includes persuading the top officers to accomplish a certain amount of self-renewal. But to help you think about others … Read More

How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Written by Clayton M. Christensen Before I published The Innovator’s Dilemma, I got a call from Andrew Grove, then the chairman of Intel. He had read one of my early papers about disruptive technology, and he asked if I could talk to his direct reports and explain my research and what it implied for Intel. … Read More

It’s Time To Build

It’s Time To Build

Written by Marc Andreessen Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it’s not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it. Many of us would like to pin the … Read More

We Are What We Choose

We Are What We Choose

Remarks by Jeff Bezos, as delivered to the Princeton University Class of 2010 Baccalaureate May 30, 2010 As a kid, I spent my summers with my grandparents on their ranch in Texas. I helped fix windmills, vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We also watched soap operas every afternoon, especially “Days of our Lives.” My … Read More

When Great Trees Fall

When Great Trees Fall

Written by Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, … Read More

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me From Sam Walton, Made in America, June 1992 This isn’t the first time that I’ve been asked to come up with a list of rules for success, but it is the first time I’ve actually sat down and done it. I’m glad I did because … Read More

Imagining a World Without Growth

Imagining a World Without Growth

Written by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times Could the world order survive without growing? It’s hard to imagine now, but humanity made do with little or no economic growth for thousands of years. In Byzantium and Egypt, income per capita at the end of the first millennium was lower than at the dawn of the Christian … Read More

Stay in the Game

Stay in the Game

Written by Drew Dickson, Albert Bridge Capital This is going to be an uncharacteristic departure for me. This story is deeply personal, for our family, and for our oldest son in particular. But it is a story he’s letting me tell, because it is a story he wants people to hear. My son Max was … Read More

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

Written by David Brooks Our individualistic culture inflames the ego and numbs the spirit. Failure teaches us who we are. Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got out of school, began their career, started a family and identified the mountain they thought they were meant to climb … Read More

The University of Georgia’s Corsair Society

The University of Georgia’s Corsair Society

Written by Lori Johnston (ABJ ’95 UGA) and Jeremy Bales (AB, ABJ ’01 UGA) and published in the December 2014 issue of GEORGIA MAGAZINE The Statue of Liberty looms in the distance through the floor-to-ceiling windows on the 27th floor of Citi’s Greenwich Street offices in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Bethany McCain (AB, … Read More

Perspective on US Fiscal Position

Perspective on US Fiscal Position

America’s deteriorating public credit is the cold-button issue of the 2018 midterms. With rare bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans compete to pretend that the country isn’t going broke. In 1992, the third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot likened the widening gap between federal receipts and federal spending to “the crazy aunt tucked away in the room upstairs nobody talks about.”… Read More

Lewis Grizzard: Great moments in a would-be father’s life

Lewis Grizzard: Great moments in a would-be father’s life

To my son, if I ever have one: Kid, I am writing this on Sept. 3, 1984. I have just returned from Athens, where I spent Saturday watching the University of Georgia, your old dad’s alma mater, play football against Clemson. While the events of the day were still fresh on my mind, I wanted … Read More

Winning the Battle In Space by Dr. Michael Griffin

Winning the Battle In Space by Dr. Michael Griffin

Written by Michael Griffin In April 2011, an Ariane 5 rocket hurled the “New Dawn” communications satellite into geostationary Earth orbit some 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. The $250 million satellite successfully released a set of pins that had held its primary antenna in a folded configuration during launch; however, the antenna did not unfold. Hobbled … Read More

William Deresiewicz’s 2009 Solitude and Leadership Address at West Point

William Deresiewicz’s 2009 Solitude and Leadership Address at West Point

The lecture below was delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009.My title must seem like a contradiction. What can solitude have to do with leadership? Solitude means being alone, and leadership necessitates the presence of others—the people you’re leading. When we think about leadership in … Read More

Memos from Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital

Memos from Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital

Since 1990, Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks has been routinely publishing memos to memorialize lessons he has learned, insights he has had, and effects of current events on the markets. His memos provide unique clarity into the world around us as it relates to financial markets and the investments we make… Read More

The Five Experiments: Perspective from Fernando del Pino

The Five Experiments: Perspective from Fernando del Pino

By Fernando del Pino December 2015 When I was kindly invited by our founder to make a presentation in our first meeting, I thought it would be interesting to bring out some global views on what I believe is a multi- generational decline of the Western civilization rather than talking about the very interesting but … Read More

Remembering A Hero: Welles Crowther

Remembering A Hero: Welles Crowther

Written by Peggy Noonan What do I think about when I think about that day? The firemen who climbed “the stairway to Heaven” with 50, 60 pounds of gear. The people who called from Windows on the World and said: “I just want you to know I love you.” The men on the plane who … Read More

The University of Georgia: Enhanced Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnerships (White Paper)

The University of Georgia: Enhanced Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnerships (White Paper)

Introduction The University of Georgia is uniquely positioned to significantly enhance education and workforce development, new discovery and statewide knowledge transfer to benefit the State of Georgia and our partners in cybersecurity and defense. The Athens campus of the state’s most comprehensive institution of higher learning is in close geographic proximity to Ft. Gordon, and UGA … Read More

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (White Paper)

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (White Paper)

Mission: The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center is a state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for private and public industries through unique education, training, research, and practical applications. Vision: The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will be recognized as a world-class cyber range and training facility focused on developing the next generation cyber … Read More

Abraham Lincoln: Perspective from Leo Tolstoy published in The World on 7 February 1909

Abraham Lincoln: Perspective from Leo Tolstoy published in The World on 7 February 1909

TOLSTOI HOLDS LINCOLN WORLD’S GREATEST HERO. Bigger Than His Country. Bigger Than All the Presidents Together: a Christ in Miniature. STILL TOO NEAR TO APPRECIATE HIS POWER. Great Russian Tells of Reverence For Lincoln Even Among Barbarians. Of all the great national heroes and statesman of history, Lincoln is the only real giant. Alexander, Fredric the Great, Caesar, Napoleon, Gladstone … Read More

Is Blockchain a Good Vision for the Future? Perspective from Kai Stutchcombe

Is Blockchain a Good Vision for the Future? Perspective from Kai Stutchcombe

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong … Read More