Getting People’s Attention

For several years I went without a wristwatch. I had accidentally driven my car over the cheap Timex I owned, and I soon realized that I didn’t really need a new one. Clocks are everywhere – on computer screens, in most meeting rooms, on car dashboards, hanging...

The Billionaire Who Wasn’t

You probably have never heard of Chuck Feeney. Until recently, neither had I. Feeney, whose story is memorably told in Conor O’Clery’s The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, rose from working-class roots in an Irish-American neighborhood in Depression-era Elizabeth, N.J.,...

The Big Squeeze

When I was a kid, I loved the TV series “Batman.” There was a scene in every other episode, it seemed, where the caped crusader found himself trapped in a room with ominously spiked walls. The walls, of course, then started moving in to impale and crush him (“Holy...

Follow the Money

It’s important to know how people get paid. Once you understand that, you can see how financial motivations affect their actions. Last week I was speaking with an investment advisor who oversees the investments of wealthy clients, and I asked him how he and his...