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Sincerity and Authenticity in Social Media Linked-In

February 20, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

As a panelist at a FinanceConnect conference sponsored by LinkedIn in New York last week, I found myself referring, unexpectedly, to a 40-year-old series of lectures delivered by the late Professor Lionel Trilling to frame the challenge the financial services industry faces in harnessing the power, and the potential, of social media.


10 New Year’s resolutions for Wall Street

January 9, 2014  |  Originally published at CNBC.

It’s the start of the New Year — traditionally a time for lists and resolutions. So, in the spirit of the season, here is my list of the top 10 thoughts on how the financial system can reclaim its place as a positive force in society, contributing consistently to economic growth and higher standards of living.


A Big Year for “Big Bill” Linked-In

December 23, 2013  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

In case you hadn’t noticed, there was a resurgence of interest this past year in my great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and the only President also to serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Most notably, of course, was Doris Kearns Goodwin’s decision to let “Big Bill,” as he was known, share center stage with Teddy Roosevelt in her recent best-selling book, The Bully Pulpit.


My First Job: How a Bar-Clearing Brawl Made Me Tougher, Though I Never Threw a Punch Linked-In

November 5, 2013  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

On my 18th birthday – three months after graduating from prep school in New England – I flew to Denver, bought a white Chevrolet Vega, drove south on U.S. Interstate 25 and turned into the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Pueblo, looking for work as a newspaper reporter in the Southwest. No experience. No contacts.

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