As a lifelong competitive tennis player, tennis has been my refuge from the day-to-day battle with the world; a place where I can trash talk with my friends, hit some winning shots, and mishit many more losing ones than I hate to admit. For sure, I‘ve had some accomplishments on the courts in days goneContinue reading “A Reflection: Arthur Ashe”
On May 12, 1962, Ret. Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the students of the United States Military Academy at West Point. This speech became MacArthur’s farewell address where he famously states, “Duty, Honor, Country: These three words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”
The world is a mess. A still-surging life-threatening virus has brought the entire planet to its knees. Health systems and front line warriors are completely overwhelmed and at risk. In our attempt to respond to COVID-19 by sheltering-in-place we face a global economic collapse not seen since the Great Depression. Particularly hard hit by theContinue reading “A Commencement Address”
People are waking up every day, stunned and dazed by a world turned upside down. The novel coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways that are unthinkable. Businesses have closed, and jobs everywhere have been lost. Friends and family are testing positive for COVID-19, and so many people are dying. The toll on human worth and dignity has been overwhelmingly harsh. There is an unresolved mourning.
Author Mary Higgins Clark once noted there are only three places in the world that begins with the article “The” – The Hague, The Vatican, and The Bronx (also known as Da Bronx). My journey began in that colorful, closely-knit bedroom borough north of Manhattan comprised mostly of lower/middle and middle class people from various ethnic backgrounds, spread among numerous apartment houses and single-family homes.
For most of my career, my routine was predictable. I awakened early, well before dawn. After showering and getting dressed, I’d pour a cup of coffee into my travel mug, get into my car, and begin the 50 mile drive to my office in lower Manhattan. Upon arrival I would check my in-box, and reviewContinue reading “A Defining Moment: Dealing With Disruption”
No living generation has ever experienced a pandemic. When the novel coronavirus knocked on our door, there was no playbook to rely on. We are in virgin territory, blindly Brailleing our way into a very uncertain future. As much as we pray for a quick resolution to this crisis – sufficient and reliable testing andContinue reading “A Defining Moment”
A symbiotic relationship between ethics and compliance can help companies deliver shareholder value and mitigate risks. Keith Darcy, independent senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Governance, Regulatory & Risk Strategies enterprise compliance practice, discusses how boards can guide an organization’s ethics and compliance efforts in light of heightened regulatory scrutiny and emerging threats. Mr.Continue reading “Keith Darcy: How Boards Can Raise the Bar on Ethics and Compliance”
We stand at the end of an age, and at the beginning of a time not yet defined. Uniquely, we have an opportunity to participate in defining it. Thus is the call of leadership.