A Lao Village Along the Mekong

The splashing of water lures me out to my stern balcony. They must be diving under the ship to fix the faulty propeller, I think. As I lean over the edge of the railing, I discover I am wrong: four Lao children are swimming gleefully around the boat on a competitive circuit, the weakest swimmer … Continue reading

Sure, we’re a global power–but are we global citizens?

Dear Friends, I remember my father telling of his frustration and powerlessness during a meeting of top American officers in Saigon in the 1960s.  They discussed strategies that made no sense, they exhibited a complete ignorance of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people, they discounted advice from their fellow officers who had seen combat in this … Continue reading

Authenticity in Travel

Dear Friends, On a recent trip to the southwest of France exploring the culinary delights of foie gras, truffles, duck and walnuts, a question kept occurring to me: what can be described as “authentic”?  Is a truffle farm authentic because its owners hunt for its precious fungi in a traditional way passed on for generations … Continue reading

NAFSA 2008

Hello, Friends of ATA! It’s been a while since I last posted anything.  I received wise advice–don’t blog unless you have something to say.  Since my return from Harvard, I have been immersed in day to day management, while applying some strategic lessons learned from HBS to better lead the company toward a strong and … Continue reading