Thomas Merton

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Eugene A. Fitzgerald: An interview by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries Andreas Wankerl AT&T Bell Labs Carl Schramm Cornell University Eugene Fitzgerald Inside Real Innovation: How the Right Approach Can Move Ideas from R&D to Market – And Get the Economy Moving Merton C. Eugene A. Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, MA, USA. He received a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from MIT and his PhD in the same discipline from Cornell University in 1989.

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The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don't find fault.

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” – Thomas Merton. Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our November Festival is all about Worklife Balance Integration. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! What is Worklife Balance?

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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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Canadian Malcolm Gladwell in his book, " Outliers ," tells us that the way Canadians select hockey players is a beautiful example of what the sociologist Robert Merton famously called a "self-fulling prophecy" a situation where a "false definition, in the beginning.evokes a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true.". As Merton puts it: "This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error.

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The Hammock Papers has a prayer by Thomas Merton. The New York Times : Untouchables rising via capitalism in India. Anderson Layman's Blog : The great Paul Lynde. Commentary : Thomas Sowell, peerless nerd. Kottke has a video on unusual modern dance. [I I think that may be a relative

Leadership Quotes From The Book, Just Listen

Eric Jacobson

The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don't find fault.

Terrific Leadership Quotes From The Book, Just Listen

Eric Jacobson

The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don''t find fault.

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The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don''t find fault.

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Eric Jacobson

The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don''t find fault.

Terrific Quotes From The Book, Just Listen

Eric Jacobson

The expected is tuned out. -- Steve Strauss Humility is the surest sign of strength. -- Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -- Bill Gates The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -- Agatha Chrisie Don''t find fault.

Winning as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Harvard Business Review

Merton. Merton). The maid-of-honor was consoling the bride, desperately trying to keep her makeup from liquefying. The yacht was perfect, of course, and most of the bridesmaids were there as planned. So what was the problem? No pictures. The photographer was a no-show. Well, the bride would make sure that he never got another high-profile job. And to think, all the best families had raved about his genius.

This Just In: Sunspots and Planets Shown to Predict Stock Market

Harvard Business Review

Merton’s description of any attempts to estimate assets’ expected return as a “fool’s errand”—Robert Novy-Marx of the University of Rochester set out to see what other market “predictors” he could find. Struck by the large number of studies showing that bumps and dips in the stock market can be predicted by such factors as interest rates, credit spreads, dividend yields, consumer sentiment, and cold weather—despite economics Nobel laureate Robert C.

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Thomas Merton Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Just Liste n is the book to read to learn the strategies to make you more compelling, and break down the walls that keep you from getting through to the people you need to buy into your ideas and goals.

Nonprofit Pathology

Harvard Business Review

Thomas Merton, the Christian Mystic, wrote, "There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by non-violent methods most easily succumbs: activism and overwork." Merton was right, and not just about nonviolent protests. Merton also wrote, "Charity is a self-interest which seeks fulfillment in the renunciation of all its interests."

CEOs Don’t Care Enough About Capital Allocation

Harvard Business Review

It’s been more than 50 years since Nobel prizewinners Franco Modigliani and Merton Miller identified return on investments as a major component of value creation (and value destruction).

In Defense of Cosmopolitanism

Harvard Business Review

My parents embodied a distinction that the sociologist Robert Merton made in the 1950s studying a small American town. Up to Merton’s time, however, locals and cosmopolitans, remained strange bedfellows. These are dark times for cosmopolitans. Discontent with globalization and resentment towards minorities, immigrants, and intellectuals have fueled the rise of nationalism in Europe and the United States.

Life is Luck — Here’s How to Plan a Career Around It

Harvard Business Review

Sociologist Robert Merton first recognized this phenomenon in academic success and dubbed it “ the Matthew Effect ,” quoting a Bible passage in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Daniel Kahneman has claimed the following as his favorite equation: Success = talent + luck. Great success = a little more talent + a lot of luck. Kahneman’s implication is that the difference between moderate and great success is mostly luck, not skill.

Being in Sync with One’s Life

From the Principal's Pen

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.&# — Thomas Merton. But then Merton’s quote above makes me think that perhaps it’s not about what’s first or second on the list, but really about finding a place in my life for the things that are important to me so that they are not constantly bumping into each other.

What an Economist Brings to a Business Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Even more directly, the growth in financial options can be traced largely to the ease of valuing them, which is due to the Nobel-prize winning work of Fischer Black (the MIT economist and later Goldman Sachs partner who died before he certainly would have shared in the award), Myron Scholes (formerly of Stanford) and MIT’s Robert Merton.

If the SEC Measured CEO Pay Packages Properly, They Would Look Even More Outrageous

Harvard Business Review

In the case of stock options, the EFV formula is typically a Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing model that, rooted in the “efficient markets hypothesis,” assumes that changes in a company’s stock-price exhibit a log-normal distribution and thus predicts that most stock-price changes will be very small.

Should You Gamble on Your Company's Leadership?

Harvard Business Review

The sociologist Robert Merton dubbed this "The Matthew Effect," where the rich (in every sense of the word, from money to status to fame) get richer just because advantages beget more advantages. Harvard Business School's mission is to "educate leaders who make a difference in the world."

The Comparing Trap

Harvard Business Review

Robert Merton was 46 when he won the award. Merton had the office on the other side of my office. Bob Merton was as gracious and supportive as the colleague I mentioned earlier. When I joined the Harvard Business School faculty, I received cards and letters from friends and family congratulating me on achieving one of the ultimate brass rings of academics. I felt pretty good about myself until I visited my assigned office in Morgan Hall.

Sacrifice Is Overrated

Harvard Business Review

Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk and Catholic scribe wrote, "A monk is a man who has given up everything in order to possess everything. Thomas Merton's abbey at Gethsemane sells cheese, and in the 160 years since it was founded it has grown from 44 monks to precisely 65. Last week, fellow HBR blogger Tony Schwartz, whose writings are my favorites on this site (my own included), asserted that those who sacrifice greatly should be society's role models.

Three Times You Have to Speak Up

Harvard Business Review

I was thinking about that story by Thomas Merton during a recent board meeting. It was said of Abbot Agatho that for three years he carried a stone in his mouth until he learned to be silent. The CEO and CFO were marching through their 112-slide presentation.

Make Serendipity Work for You

Harvard Business Review

Merton and Elinor Barber.). Serendipity has been voted one of the most popular words in the English language. It is also one of the hardest to translate. Conversationally, it is used as tantamount to luck, providence or chance. It has brought us Aspirin, the Pill, insulin, Viagra, penicillin, antihistamines and the smallpox vaccine, Scotchgard, Teflon, Velcro, Nylon, Ivory Soap, the Post-It note, and the technology behind the HP Inkjet printer.

The Irish Banking Crisis: A Parable

Harvard Business Review

In slightly more formal terms, I'd suggest that they were able to take on, at least in tiny part, five of Robert Merton and Zvi Bodie's six standard functions of a financial system: settling payments, providing information, setting incentives, pooling resources, and transferring resources. Once upon a time, there was a country where bankers disappeared.

The Irish Banking Crisis: A Parable

Harvard Business Review

In slightly more formal terms, Id suggest that they were able to take on, at least in tiny part, five of Robert Merton and Zvi Bodies six standard functions of a financial system: settling payments, providing information, setting incentives, pooling resources, and transferring resources.