Author: Arthur Combs

Meaning and Work Series: Alex Tourk

…We begin the Meaning and Work Series with Alex Tourk. “I feel fortunate that I found my niche and that it has tangible meaning and impact.”   What he does: Brings together government, corporations, and communities to solve real problems for real people. Alex began his career in politics....

Meaning and Work: A Series

After money, the thing most people seek in their work is meaning.   At Schaffer&Combs we get to work with thousands of people who are making our planet more measurably prosperous, fair, and just plain pleasant. Some of them are well known, and the meaning they make at work...

Why Are There So Few Good Managers?

Because good managers must also be good leaders. And good leaders are rare. That’s the bad news. In order to be a good manager you require two very different sets of skills: management and leadership. Most managers learn the former while ignoring, or even at the expense of, the...

What Does a War Criminal Look Like?

Schaffer&Combs client Civitas Maxima has scored a breakthrough success where no other organization could. Before Martina Johnson, allegedly one of Charles Taylor’s most infamous military commanders, was arrested last month in Belgium, no person had ever been held to account for the crimes against humanity committed in Liberia’s two,...

Shock. Squalor. Solutions

I’ve been working in some of the worst slums in the world on and off for a couple of decades, so when James Schaffer and I visited two trailer settlements in Southern California’s Coachella Valley last week, I did not expect to be horrified. It turns out my nonchalance...