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Do you want the C-suite or a C grade for your career?

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It may sound counterintuitive, but it is a secret to success. One of the best ways to get ahead in your career is by avoiding work. Focus on important projects. Prioritize work that brings visibility and recognition. Is that conniving and calculating? Definitely. But you have to ask yourself whether you want to aspire to the or to a C grade for your career.

What To Avoid

Avoiding work is different from working hard or having a good work ethic. If you are like me and work for a large organization, people probably bombard you with requests from all directions throughout the…


Why we should fear the implications of the Wallstreetbets-fueled hysteria.

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There is comedy and a certain amount of “fight the power” when squeezing a sophisticated hedge fund’s short position. After decades of hearing about Wall Street’s woes, and with expanding inequality across America, it is hard not to like these modern day Robinhoods. But we must ask ourselves — is this the type of activity we want in capital markets? Bands of people encouraging each other to pump up stocks to a hedge fund’s short position? It is basically a modified version of a . Although these individuals may not be communicating…


Can America “deprogram” the increasingly mainstream presence of far right extremists?

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Over 70 million people voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election. Yet not all Trump and far right voters are the same. Some think he’s saving America from a , while others simply like lower taxes and are willing to sacrifice any semblance of morality and dignity to realize them. It is unfair to characterize all Trump voters as the same. They vary in degree, as they do in cultish fervor. The question remains — can America deprogram the far right extremist fringe of Trump supporters?

While I may question those willing to…


Because what didn’t happen in 2020?

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From coronavirus to the election, 2020 had it all.

It was a year we all want to forget, but one we will always remember. The year 2020 was challenging to say the least. For some more than others. The loss of life, employment, and livelihood exacerbated an already explosive political environment from the lead up to the to . You might ask why anyone would want to reflect and relive some of those difficult moments and events, but I think it’s important to remember what we endured and the silver linings that make us better for it.

It All Started With Kobe.

The news of his passing rocked the world. It hit…


In the age of Trump, is a person mutually exclusive from their politics?

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I have made it known since 2016 how much I detest Donald Trump — even — but this article is not about Trump or modern day Republicanism. It is more personal. Some of the people I admire and respect most in this world — my father, grandfather, in-laws — support a man and political party with effectively blind allegiance. The difference in opinion has far surpassed the realm of dismissing the matter as “let’s agree to disagree” or “reasonable minds can differ.” To me, the (often via a )…


Whether he pays up is a separate question.

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Dark Towers by David Enrich

What did an ordinary German lender have to do to realize its American investment banking dreams? Monetize the scraps. In order to compete with the biggest and most profitable firms on Wall Street starting in the 1980s, Deutsche Bank had to excel in the business that established firms didn’t want. One of those scraps was to be the future President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. After Trump burned most of the big banks following his wave of loan defaults from his Atlantic City casinos, nobody on Wall Street would touch him. Except Deutsche.


Positive thinking is not the solution.

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When people speak about neutrality today, it often relates to , the , or foreign relations. Being “neutral”, however, is also a mindset. Most people know that a negative mindset can have consequences, but few leaders and entrepreneurs appreciate the detrimental effects a positive mentality can similarly have on performance. In the midst of chaos or high-pressured situations, acting overly positive appears fake. Not only will you likely fail to convince yourself in the heat of a tense moment, you will probably appear as a fraud to those around you.

Shift into neutral instead. As


8 lessons learned from America’s age of authoritarianism.

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Thanks to President Donald J. Trump, one truth of American democracy is more apparent than ever: presidential power has run amok. Even apart from Trump’s baseless rants and , he has posed an unprecedented threat to democracy over the past four years. His morphed into reality in many ways, whether by turning the Department of Justice into his own law firm, profiting from private businesses at the taxpayer’s expense, not disclosing his tax returns, and extorting foreign leaders to attack his political opponents. The list goes on.

Nobody had the authority or balls to check…


At least there was some laughter amidst the chaos and lies.

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On election night, it appeared Donald Trump was destined for four more years. Those numbers, however, were a mirage. As the absentee and provisional ballots poured in, they overwhelmingly favored Joe Biden in states like Pennsylvania and Georgia as the Philadelphia and Atlanta metro areas chipped away at Trump’s lead. This dynamic led to a dramatic finish for Biden, one replete with events America will never forget.

Trump for the number of votes received by a sitting President in a general election. His only problem was that his challenger set the record for any Presidential candidate. Like…


Assuming he leaves office of course.

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We used to joke about whether President Donald J. Trump would actually leave office should he lose the 2020 election. Now that the moment of truth is merely days away, the reality of Trump not leaving grows more troubling by the moment. He has to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. Would the military storm the White House and forcibly remove him if called upon? Could American democracy survive a constitutional crisis of this magnitude?

If there is a protracted vote count and/or recount, with both sides disputing the results, what will happen on January…

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