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The grittier the banker, the better

Investment banking is a competitive environment. And while you may be talented, do you have the "grit" necessary to get ahead of the bell curve? You may have come across Angela Duckworth’s best-selling book G…

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Strats: The future of investment banking

Why Wall Street should look to Goldman Sachs' Strats division for the future of banking. And the skills needed to be successful. Goldman Sachs is the most venerated investment bank on Wall Street. If you’ve e…

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Ranking Chart: Who is the best horror movie villain?

Which movie franchise can claim the best villain? We rank body count, weapon, scariness and more. For horror movies, everything rests on the depravity of the villain. From centuries-old demons, to psychopathi…

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Has Google made knowledge workers irrelevant?

The evolution of the knowledge worker and why bankers should consider themselves "smart creatives." Investment bankers can be categorized as belonging to the “knowledge worker” employee pool. A term coined by…

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Ranking Chart: SNL cast members

There have been over 140 Saturday Night Live cast members. 16 have appeared in eight or more seasons. Who are they and how do they compare? Saturday Night Live will soon begin its 42nd season. Iconic for its…

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What bankers can learn from the military

The army's "after-action reviews" help it perfect strategies and learn from mistakes. Which is exactly why you need to adopt the process. The U.S. Army’s Opposing Force (OPFOR) is always the enemy. Based in…

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No one is reading your executive summary

How tapping into the knowledge of designers can increase the visibility of your pitchbook content to make sure your key points land. If you’ve ever worked with designers you will know that, on the whole, they…

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How to read 52 books a year

Something nearly all successful business people do is read. A lot. How to make time in your schedule for continous learning. Things can move overwhelmingly fast in business. With probably over a hundred (mayb…

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Pellucid book club: The Design of Everyday Things

How "signifiers" and "affordances" can help investment bankers guide their audience to different conclusions. How the Pellucid Book Club works: Each month two books are nominated. A vote is taken on which to…

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Ranking Chart: Brooklyn neighborhoods

The L train's closure will cut off easy access to Williamsburg. Where should you go instead? In 2019, New York City’s L subway line will be closed for 18 months for repairs, effectively cutting off easy acce…

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Bankers are smart....aren’t they?

Why wanting to have a beer with someone is a better predictor of success than education, experience, knowledge, or intellect. Any incoming class of bankers will likely be top performers from some of the world…

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Share repurchases: Don’t shoot the executioner

If the treasury team had the ability to predict future share prices, I'm pretty sure they would work somewhere else. A company’s decision to repurchase shares doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a strategic move t…

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Why I won’t accept your LinkedIn invitation to connect

How junior bankers should expand their network and the tactic they should avoid. You’re new to the industry, you’re enthusiastic about building relationships and connections, and LinkedIn is like a massive ne…

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Why new approaches to education shouldn’t stay in the classroom

How the adoption of MOOCs could revolutionalize the analyst onboarding process A friend of mine, a professor at an Ivy League school, asked me how my wife and I were preparing to cover the college education c…

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Why STEAM power is the future

The combination of creative AND technical ability is America’s secret sauce to continued prosperity and engine of future economic development Innovation is touted as the panacea to volatile economic environme…

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