Why curious people are more interesting and do better in life

Three “C’s” of leadership from a recent college commencement address.

I had the recent privilege to speak to 685 baccalaureate degree candidates and their families and friends at the 75th commencement ceremonies at Iona College. I received my own bachelor’s degree from Iona in Computer Science 39 years ago, followed by an MBA a year later.

It felt great to be back at my alma mater. With four kids of my own who have recently graduated college and one who is close to beginning university life, my hope was to share some practical advice about living a happy and productive life with the new graduates.

I frequently give a speech that I call the 10 Cs of Leadership. Every “C” is a basic concept I have found useful in my own career journey. Here are three that I shared with the audience at Iona, and continue to apply in my own role at Visa.


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