i thank my many mba and Executive students who put so
much of themselves into the “personal strategy” part of the
course that I teach at Columbia Business School. I and this
book have benefited greatly from their work and thought.
Some of their work appears in these pages. I offer special
thanks to Hana Reznikov, an MBA graduate who pushed me
to write up that part of the course so that she and others have
something to pass on to their friends and relatives who might
find it useful too. This book is the result.
And I owe a debt to the publisher, Myles Thompson, whose
unfailing and creative support has served as inspiration for
me for many years now. And then there is the editor, Bridget
Flannery-McCoy. As you might guess from our names, she
and I are both of Irish stock. So please forgive my blasphemy,
but if you saw this manuscript before and after she got her
hands on it, you would know that I do not exaggerate when
I say: St. Bridget performed another miracle.