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February 4, 2010

Given the recent change in policy in Washington with the so called “Volcker Rule,” and the renewed attention to the problems caused by financial firms that are “too big to fail,” I thought it might be appropriate to present some of my own suggestions here on the Yale SOM Community Blog. The following essay was originally written in September 2008.

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February 1, 2010

This past weekend, 130 SOM students traveled to Warren, VT to enjoy the beauty and splendor of Sugarbush Resort. Not only did we have two fabulous days of skiing, but had the opportunity to spend an hour speaking with Win Smith, the president and owner of Sugarbush.

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February 1, 2010

I will start this story where it ends rather than begins and let the proverbial cat out of the bag. As my SOM colleagues and I were filing out of the conference room at the venture capital firm General Catalyst last Friday, we bumped into former GM CEO Rick Wagoner. The Managing Director present graciously asked Rick if he’d like to chat with the MBAs from Yale, and to our surprise and delight, we were treated to five minutes with a man who had presided over one of America’s most iconic companies.

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January 28, 2010

So us first years are now more than a quarter of the way through the MBA programme already and the second years have less than a quarter left. It’s no less true for being a cliché – time flies. The first semester was nothing if not a little on the busy side* – a flurry of cases, problem sets and, for many of us, a great deal of new material.

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January 26, 2010

Just shy of two months ago, I sat cross-legged on the floor of A-74 (the largest lecture hall at SOM) and watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time in more than a decade.

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January 11, 2010

Ahh...the New Year--a new beginning positively brimming with promise and possibility. Always a sucker for tradition--but even more so during this season, I've given into the ritual as timeless as the ball-drop or a champagne-soaked rendition of Auld Lang Syne. I've made a few resolutions to keep and track over the next few months: Resolution #1: After a lengthy hiatus when Fall 2 got the better of me, resume a more regular blogging routine (and a more regular diet routine, while I'm at it).

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January 10, 2010

In a recent article, the New York Times expounds on the virtues of a recent trend in business school curricula towards more integrated, critical thinking. Although not specifically about SOM, the article vindicates the vision of our academic leadership - in my opinion one of the most underrated virtues of our program. I was glad to see that Yale got a nod - towards the end, the article quotes Oster and Bracken.

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January 7, 2010

Artfully maneuvering among interviews of banking officials and culprits of credit card debt, The Wizards of Consumer Lending, a PBS documentary, shows some of the most subtle - and not so subtle - tricks that have earned the credit industry billions over the past half-century, at the expense of the consumer. And Shailesh Mehta, former CEO of the ill-reputed Providian, talks about the "credit protection" services Providian offered to compete in the industry.

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January 7, 2010

As we begin fresh in 2010, it's a good time to learn from our mistakes. In the news right now there's a lot of talk about failure: big banks, the health care system, you name it. On the plane back from my vacation, I read one of my favorite magazines, WIRED. The theme of the issue is failure and how it ultimately leads to success.

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December 7, 2009

A little theory should go a long way in providing a “beware” sign for investors and workers who lined up to take part in the UAE’s economic boom in 2007. And one of the surest signs should have been: be cautious of a modern Government without an income tax.Only last year 20 MBA students went with the international experience to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for two weeks in January.

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