I’m thrilled to announce that next week, I’m launching a new feature called “By the Company It Keeps,” here on Fordham’s family of blogs.
It’ll be a weekly interview series spotlighting the work of some of our field’s most interesting and valuable contributors. Generally, each week’s Q&A will be based on a recent event, like the publication of a noteworthy study, a significant personnel move, or the announcement of a major initiative.
In short, you’ll get from-the-horse’s-mouth facts on a timely story.
But we’ll quickly veer into other areas. You might see reflections on the subject’s career, a funny revelation, or personal goals. Or something completely different.
One of my objectives—and I suppose this goes for all interviewers—is to straddle the line between informative and entertaining. We should learn some stuff while smiling along the way.
But I have another purpose, and it’s suggested by the title of this series.
Years ago, at what I believe was the first or second Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference, I was asked to moderate a panel. I was struggling mightily to come up with some clever or, at very least, amusing icebreaker.
You see, it was all very intimidating. It was Yale, for goodness sake. The audience was chock-full of sophisticates wearing tweed and scowls. My panel was charged with holding forth on some heady topic, the conference organizers were looking on, and—hand to God, this is true—the sharp, take-no-prisoners politico-journalist Alexander Russo was crouched near a wall, hands...