Monthly Archives: February 2011

College Education

Last week I read a troubling statistic: 45% of students made no significant improvement in critical thinking, reasoning, or writing skills during their first two years of college; and 36% showed no improvement after four years of schooling. This comes from Richard Arum of New York University, who studied more than 2,300 students at 24 U.S. colleges and universities for his book Academically Adrift. Continue reading

Emotions vs. Logic

As many of you know, I have a 7-year-old daughter, Lexi, and a 5-year-old son, Hunter. Both are the stereotypical children of that age and gender. Lexi loves pink, she plays with dolls, and she is generally quite a compassionate little girl. Hunter wakes up in the morning ready to jump, run, pull, push, and chase his toy cars all over the house. Continue reading


Being from Africa, I was deeply moved by the events in Egypt last week. Don’t worry – this is not a political blog. What moved me was the power of non-violence (which is the political term for what I call Emotional Intelligence). Continue reading


There has been quite a good bit of banter the past few weeks around innovation in America. Perhaps because it was one of the major themes of the State of the Union address by the President or perhaps because he was merely stating what many CEOs and leaders of US companies have known for a while – the heart of the American Economy relies on innovation.  Continue reading