When Business Leaders Take a Stand

In a pull-no-punches series of tweets earlier this week, Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain excoriated the “narcissist in Washington” for starting a series of events that ended with Iranian missiles downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board, including the family of a Maple Leaf Foods employee. McCain’s stance was bold and unapologetic. But was it …

Reflections of Our CEO: “Applied Idealism”

I always look forward to the May board meeting at Hollyhock. It’s usually my first opportunity to visit campus each year and comes at a time when the garden is waking from hibernation, and the shore and forest are so vibrant and verdant. This year, I arrived a day early and found myself in a surprising and inspiring conversation…. In …

Sharing Joy in a Time of Anxiety

The Monday morning of my birthday week I was feeling really gloomy. Downright down, in fact. The tricky tendrils of existential anxiety were taking hold. The previous evening, I had been to see a documentary called The Ponds. It’s an utterly charming film about the men and women who swim year-round in the ponds on Hampstead Heath near where I …