My Goal for the New Year…Quoted in Forbes

Forbes columnist Rob Asghar has a new article titled “A Novel Tip for Making Smarter Predictions,” where he announces my goal to read more novels in 2018:

“I’ll admit that I’m coming to see the value of such an approach, but for years, I resisted it,” says Anthony W. Orlando, an economist and author based at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. “I figured, when trying to figure out what will happen, is it really the best use of my time to read a bunch of things that didn’t happen? But I’ve committed now to reading more of the fiction classics in the coming year.”

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Our American Discourse, Ep. 5: The Art of Leadership in Precarious Times

The great leadership gurus usually tell a story of virtue rising to the top. They advise us to think positive, treat everyone with respect, and follow our moral compass. But we don’t have to look far to see leaders who turn this wisdom on its head. Negativity, disrespect, and divisiveness seem to be the order of the day. Were the experts wrong? Is good leadership dead? Surely there must be a more realistic way to understand the whims of the masses — and make straight their path once more. 

In this episode, we get a more realistic take on leadership from the contrarian guru Rob Asghar.

Mr. Asghar is a special advisor to the president of the University of Southern California, a University Fellow at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the author, most recently, of the book USC: A Transformation, 2010-2015, and before that, he authored the book Leadership Is Hell: How to Manage Well and Escape with Your Soul.

To listen to this episode of Our American Discourse, click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.


“Our American Discourse” is produced by Aubrey HicksJonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey Hedden.

Check Out My New Interview on Student Loans!

Rob Asghar, Forbes contributor and author of Leadership Is Hell: How to Manage Well and Escape with Your Soul, has just published a new interview where I outline the problem of mounting student debt and the way a debt forgiveness program could boost the economy and make our country a fairer, happier place. Here’s a little preview:

“Let’s not mince words,” economist Anthony Orlando says. “Student loans are killing people. People need to understand just how big a problem we’re talking about: Americans owe more in student loans than on all their credit cards combined.”

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