August, 2014

The essay that got me into Wharton - Glenn Leibowitz

The Essay That Got Me Into Wharton

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Twenty years ago this month, I was working at a multinational advertising firm in Taiwan, plotting my way out of there, and (hopefully) into the doors of the business school of my dreams. In the evenings, when most of my colleagues had emptied out of the office, I would close my work files on my Macintosh (before Apple made their computers much cooler-sounding by slicing off the last six letters) — and fire up my B-School applications. I applied to several schools,…

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Richard Scarry Please And Thank You Book - Glenn Leibowitz

The Richard Scarry Approach To Writing More Effective Email

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When my kids were younger they loved books by Richard Scarry. They were populated with animals that did silly things and messed things up and got hurt — sort of like what kids do. One book that my children particularly enjoyed was Richard Scarry’s Please And Thank You Book. It was, as the title implies, about good manners. It goes without saying that good manners are a good thing in the offline world. They’re also important in the online one as well,…

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Glenn Leibowitz

Want To Remember Something? Take Notes By Hand

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My son started high school this week. As part of his back-to-school package of supplies, he received a new laptop, which the school requires all students from grades 6 through 12 to purchase. The laptops are not just meant for doing homework, either: they’re for use inside the classroom. I’m a fan of technology and a believer in the tremendous impact it can have on learning. But I also believe there are boundaries that need to be drawn. My biggest…

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Glenn Leibowitz - Networking At 35,000 Feet

Networking At 35,000 Feet

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In the 23-plus years I’ve been living and working in Taiwan and China, I’ve clocked my share of air miles. While I don’t look forward to the long lines, security pat-downs, flight delays and barely edible “food”, I have to confess I do look forward to getting some downtime to catch up on my reading (some work-related, most not). One of the other “fringe benefits” of business travel is the chance to bump into old friends and colleagues, and to…

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Glenn Leibowitz - Be More Creative And Tackle Tough Problems With This Three-Letter Word

Be More Creative And Tackle Tough Problems With This Three-Letter Word

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My eight-year-old daughter is at that stage in her young life in which she has an insatiable hunger for understanding her little (but increasingly complicated) world. She reads voraciously and absorbs sponge-like what people are saying around her. And she often likes to ask “Why?” Sure, she asks her fair share of equally open-ended “How?” and “What If?” questions, but there’s a clear pattern to the frequency at which the word “Why?” pops up. She seems to have figured out…

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