Mastering the Context

This blog first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) has always intrigued me. It aims to measure analytic reasoning based on connecting two extreme and partial analogies. So the MAT question of today is: What do Plato (b. 428 BCE) and "Professor" Harold Hill, (b. 1957 in Meredith Wilson's Broadway hit, The Music Man) have in common? Class? … Class? … The envelope, please: "Ah, contextual intelligence!" Plato believed philosophers were the best rulers of the ship of state. "A pilot," he said, "must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the…

"Warren, Do You Have a Minute?"

For the past sixty years–before a strategic acquisition, during an international crisis, or after four years in college, one question has been asked by CEO's, presidents, and students alike. "Warren, do you have a minute?" Six words, perhaps better than any other, summarize the life of USC professor and CCLP Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis, "the founding father of the modern leadership movement." At an October 6th event hosted by the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, the leadership guru spent a few minutes with USC students, faculty and staff to share stories from his latest book, Still Surprised: A Memoir…