The mountains we climb: Failure and the pursuit of the extraordinary
It was pitch black and a frigid -30 degrees when we began our descent. What meagre light we had came from beat up headlamps and the muted glow of stars.
An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 2
I had arrived in Bangkok—without luggage (later found in Vietnam)—after a nearly 24 hour flight. The hotel I chose was situated somewhere near the U.S. embassy; a fact I mention only because its location had been a real debate for me.
An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 1
There was ample time to call off the research trip to Thailand. The stars were aligning to make this trip a nightmare. Intersections would be blocked, flash mobs would fill the streets, and political sermons would overtake a city decorated...
Caution: Low flying planes
One sunny afternoon, Paul Moroz, our Deputy CIO, was driving along the highway when he spotted an unusual road sign: Caution: low flying planes. Now, Paul is a mildly paranoid man in the best of times.
The man in front of me wore a peculiar tweed jacket that matched his charismatic, if quirky, personality. He was the CFO of a large industrial company, but in a former life he had been the second in command at...
Mawer’s top 10 book recommendations for 2014
The beginning of each year is often a period of reflection and learning. With this in mind, we asked our team at Mawer for their top book recommendations for 2014.