Amazon Japan had me record this two minute pitch for my book - I wasn't entirely prepared, which accounts for the slight hostage-video quality. But there we go. more about "Elevator Pitch from Amazon Japan", posted with vodpod
I've written before about Harvard's Orwellian reaction to my book - threatening letters, demeaning remarks to other journalists, advising students and faculty not to read it etc. etc. - but I'm feeling less alone these days. In an article in the June Harvard Business Review a former professor of mine, Joel Podolny, says he quibbles… Continue reading Feeling less alone…
I read this amazing book over the weekend, Falling Hard: A Journey Into the World of Judo, by Mark Law. I’m not a martial arts fan at all, but began reading it because I knew Mark when I worked at The Daily Telegraph. The book is a history of judo told through Mark’s experience. He… Continue reading If you become arrogant, I will break your nose, OK? Judo lessons.
I’ve been reading lately about the plight of the MBA class of 2009. Many are coming out of school with changed expectations and having to hustle to find work, any work, to pay off those loans and get their careers moving. The supposedly easy, lucrative jobs aren’t there anymore, so they are being forced to… Continue reading Finding my way
This was by far the most interesting piece of journalism I've done over the past year. 5000 words in The Sunday Times of London magazine about the trader accused of losing 4.9 billion Euros of Societe Generale's money. I spent time in Paris, waded through the documents, reports and interviews around the case, and it… Continue reading Jerome Kerviel – scapegoat
I was interviewed by Peter Day for his show Global Business on the BBC World Service earlier this month. Peter is extremely wry and dry and a lot of fun to talk with. 22 minute interview with Peter Day After the interview, Peter wrote this comment on his blog: Matters of Degree : Inside Harvard… Continue reading Interview on BBC World Service
Spent last week in Tokyo where my book on Harvard Business School recently came out. Its Japanese title is "Harvard Business School: A Factory for Unhappy People", a fact I didn't realize until it was explained to me by the publisher, Nikkei. I'm told it will appeal to a miserable streak in Japanese readers. And… Continue reading Just back from Japan