Wandering Into Wisdom

This blog chronicles the knowledge, insight and wisdom I encounter every day as a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, father, friend and citizen. This site is dedicated to my father, Louis (Jack) Laughlin, who passed on to me an appreciation for wisdom. A special thanks to my friend Isaac Cheifetz, a businessman and journalist, who helped me understand the value of blogs and encouraged me to write one.

How Much Do You Know*

A week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century. Want to know more? Watch this video.

Gulf War Syndrome*

Researchers at Johns Hopkins hypothesize that Gulf War Syndrome is an allergy to beef proteins caused by the calf serum used to produce vaccines given to soldiers. Veterans developed symptoms after returning home where the beef content of their diets is much higher. Link to Abstract

Social Media*

Social media is not changing our world; it's creating a new one.


To learn something completely you must ultimately teach it.


"Arrogance is thinking you have nothing to learn. Confidence is knowing you have something to teach."
Marty Marzolf, my business partner and mentor for many years.


In his book “Halftime” Bob Buford distinguishes between the first stage of our lives which is typically dedicated to achievement of success and a second stage devoted to attainment of significance.