It's A Great Job, But.... (a career story)

13 Feb 2024. Jackie Gayle with Bob Kaplan

I've always had an interest in teeth. My great-grandmother, who I spent a lot of time with In Jamaica, didn't have any teeth. A lot of people in Jamaica don't. She would... More

On Humility

30 Aug 2023. Bob Kaplan

When I hear someone described as humble, it sounds as if the speaker is grateful. Grateful for what? Probably that the humble person is down-to-earth—which is fitting... More

Isabelle's Beach House (a career story)

23 May 2023. Isabelle Morley with Bob Kaplan

I grew up in a small, little town, Jonquière, in the French-speaking part of Québec, where my parents had a restaurant. It was called La Saucisse Garnie. I started working... More

Perfect Timing—an entrepreneur’s story

16 Feb 2023. Craig Cohen with Bob Kaplan

I planned to be a dentist, but I got a D in college biology—I could not tell the difference between a male and female fruit fly. Instead, I majored in finance, with a... More

Wanting To Count (a career story)

29 Aug 2022. Carole Simms with Bob Kaplan

My goal in high school was to have more stuff in our high school Annual than anyone else. That goal says a lot about me. Here's the entry: More

A Spark of the Divine (a career story)

13 Jul 2022. Bart Craig with Bob Kaplan

Editor's note: Bart Craig is a tenured professor of psychology at North Carolina State University.   When I started driving cars at high speeds, on race tracks, I wished... More

Banker Turned Musician (a career story)

14 Apr 2022. Jacques Letalon with Bob Kaplan

Editor's note: Before I met Jacques Letalon I heard his cornet. It was the spring of 2020 in New York City and COVID had just hit the city hard. Everything was closed.... More

Speed Bump In The Fast Lane (a career story)

22 Dec 2021. Wendy A. Foster with Bob Kaplan

My career journey starts with pure serendipity. My father, who worked for IBM his whole career, became aware of the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, which gave... More

Staying Calm

01 Sep 2021. Bob Kaplan

The thornier the problem and the more at stake, the greater the premium on staying utterly calm, cool and collected. It's not necessarily easy but there are practices that... More

The First To Raise My Hand (a career story)

26 May 2021. Colleen Blake with Bob Kaplan

A big influence on a woman growing up is how her father treats her. I got the full benefit of that. Every Saturday I'd go to the yard where he kept his construction... More