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Alta Mensa

Alta Mensa

Dr. Andrei Duta has recently founded Alta Mensa, an Austin-based think tank that examines the strategic intersections between:  (1) Investments/Markets (2) Politics/Global Affairs (3) Theology/Philanthropy ​ The goal is to generate actionable ideas that

Negotiation Series: Interests and Positions

Negotiation Series: Power Play (Emotional Detachment)

“Strategy” in One Sentence

Strategy is the art and science of winning. The word “strategy” comes from the Greek “strategos” which describes the military strategist or general on the battle field. Strategy means outsmarting

Opportunity Is “Evergreen”

It’s Christmas Eve. By now, if you celebrate Christmas, you’ve sent out party invitations, decorated your home, hung the lights, and perhaps, bought and adorned your real (or artificial) Christmas

Servant Leadership and Friends of Peter

Servant Leadership and Friends of PeterFriends of Peter (FOP) is a gathering of unique and beautiful individuals with eclectic skills and talents. FOP is many things. FOP is networking with

Perseverance and Patience

Mark Patterson, a dear friend of mine, recently read my April 4th blog entry (“Purpose, Perseverance, Patience: Are You an Oak Tree or an Onion?”) and asked me to elaborate

Purpose, Perseverance, Patience: Are You an Oak Tree or an Onion?

An oak tree takes almost 100 years to completely mature. On the other hand, an onion takes about 100 days. But when the storm of life hits, one will stand

The Little Box and a Number

My mentor from afar, the late Jim Rohn, used to share “the little box and a number” story to inspire action. Here is my adaptation of the story. Johnny, a

On Leadership: How to Change People without Offending or Arousing Resentment (by Dale Carnegie)

Begin with praise and honest appreciation. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders. Let