I've seen too many businesses investment firms and others run into the ground by impressive people who start to think they're smarter than everyone else. That's when big mistakes get made. There are enough ways to screw up in this business without bringing it on yourself because of ego.
There's a certain trendiness to activism, driven by the fact that the opportunities for activism aren't always there. In the 1980s you heard a lot about it, but then as valuations changed in the 1990s you didn't hear much about it at all. Now it's popular again, but we've always considered a willingness to be [...]
I guess it was my good fortune to work with several egomaniacs during my career, and I promised myself that when I started my own business that I'd create a much different environment than what I'd experienced. It wasn't going to be all about me and we weren't going to treat people like commodities. We [...]