"The only way to become a real thought leader is to ignore all this noise and listen to a few great thinkers. You will learn far more about leadership from reading Thucydides... than you will from a thousand leadership experts.”
"Philosophy can make you a better manager...it teaches practical skills that managers need now more than ever. It can lead...to valuable self reflection. But perhaps more importantly, it can help us think more clearly about the practical issues we face everyday.”
"Firms want well-rounded candidates because they’re filling positions with broader responsibilities and more complex challenges than in the past. As a result, problem-solving and communication skills, and not business majors, top hiring managers’ wish lists.”
"We need people conversant with the humanities to help reach wise public policy decisions, even about the sciences...To weigh these issues, [we] should be informed by first-rate science, but also by first-rate humanism.”
"A surprising number of CEOs say they gain a lot from [studying poetry]... its crisp language and distillation of complex ideas helps executives adopt a certain way of thinking about the broad concepts, challenges, and possibilities the executives themselves face each day.”
"The humanities are a good bet because the things that are hardest to computerize... are going to be all about skills that emphasize human interaction. Empathy, sociability, writing, analyzing, and reacting to people — all things [that are] likely to come from the humanities.”
"Knowledge [used by executives] can be acquired in two weeks...People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare's poetry... have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways."
"Global problems cannot be resolved without a humanities perspective... Socio-economic progress, developmental challenges, and the intelligent addressing of complex world issues require a combination of skills...to design and deliver holistic and [informed] solutions."