The End of Endings

Have you noticed how nothing ever really ends anymore? This thought came to me as I was listening to an interview with Adam Alter, the author of a chilling new book about how today’s technologies are increasingly irresistible. Alter described how our favorite apps —...
Forget Money and Power; Covet Time and Attention

Forget Money and Power; Covet Time and Attention

“Time is the ultimate luxury.” When my Tesla S-driving, Panerai watch-wearing, Venice Beach-living friend said that the other day, I leaned in. Despite living on the Pacific Ocean and rocking a dream job, my buddy also often found himself harried and hurried by...
The Two Questions that can Transform your Company or Career

The Two Questions that can Transform your Company or Career

Frederick Smith, the CEO of FedEx, was once asked what he thought his company did. At first glance, it seems like a stupid question; FedEx is the world’s premier shipping and courier service. But according to company lore, the business really took off when the CEO...
Getting Good at Going off the Grid

Getting Good at Going off the Grid

I just got back from going off the grid. No, I’m not a black ops agent like Jason Bourne, nor am I fulfilling a Matrix-inspired fantasy. I’m not trying to evade the NSA either. I actually was recently on holiday, like most of you. But these days, my vacations...
The Great Disruption

The Great Disruption

What the global economy, Blockbuster, going solo, hook-up culture, asynchronous intimacy, the Apple Maps app and ‘Homeland’ all have in common. We live in a world of broken models, columnist Robert Samuelson noted recently in The Washington Post. In his essay,...
Going Solo

Going Solo

Did you know that for the first time ever, a majority of Americans (51%) today are single? How about that 1 in 3 of Americans live alone? That number, by the way, rises to half the population in cities like Washington, DC and Manhattan. It’s not just that people are...