Thursday, November 29, 2007

I thought Jumbo was gray, not green

My alma mater and home of the Jumbos, Tufts University, was recognized by the Sierra Club and local energy company National Grid for its leadership in energy efficiency and campus environmental policy. I applied to Tufts in part because of its reputation for having a great environmental studies program (it lived up to its billing), so I'm glad to see that it remains a leader in this area.

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If at first you succeed, don't try again

OK, so the title of this post is an exaggeration, but Guy Kawasaki makes a good point about why we shouldn't use a person's past success as an entrepreneur to predict his/her future success. I've often wondered whether the same could be said for CEOs or other high-paid executives. I wish someone would do (or, if it's already been done, point me to the results of) a study comparing the success of companies that hire a star CEO versus those that hire an untested CEO.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Back in the saddle

It's good to be blogging again!

As an active Democrat, people have been asking me lately who I'm supporting for next year's presidential nomination. The answer: I don't know. Why? Because it's not even the year of the election yet! I consider my passivity in this regard to be a form of quiet protest against the ever-lengthening campaign season.

The election is nearly a year away. The Democratic National Convention is nine months away. The Massachusetts primary, even if it is successfully moved, is over two months away. The way I see it, I don't need to choose a candidate and start campaigning for him/her until at least January 2, which is after the holidays and still gives me a month to support my candidate.

As for initial thoughts, I like fellow Tufts alum Bill Richardson, who is likely the most qualified candidate in the field. Sadly, though, he doesn't seem to have enough financial support or "buzz" to get the nomination. I also like Obama and Edwards on the surface, but I really need to learn more about their policy ideas and whom they've surrounded themselves with (that's a topic for a future post) before I could pick my favorite. But hey, I have at least another month to decide, right?

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