• If we as actuaries are blessed with the ability to understand and appreciate basic math skills, it is disheartening to see so many young students who don’t have that opportunity. The lack of math literacy or not understanding math is a big problem for the next generation, and while new initiatives are trying to address…

  • This is the final part of a 4-part series where I share how math has changed my career and my life. I’m sharing 3 heroes of mine in this series that have impacted actuarial science, mathematics, and many parts of our lives. I discussed my first two heroes, Leonhard Euler and Carl Gauss, in the…

  • This is part 3 of a 4-part series where I share how math has changed my career and my life. I’m sharing three heroes of mine that have impacted actuarial science, mathematics, and many parts of our lives. I discussed my first hero, Leonhard Euler, in my last blog. My second hero is Carl Friedrich…

  • This is Blog 2 of a 4-part series where I share how math has changed my career and my life. My hope is that it will inspire you to see math in a new light and, perhaps, as a new friend. I’m going to share three heroes of mine that have impacted actuarial science, mathematics,…

  • Do you consider math your ally or your enemy? If you feel math is against you rather than fighting for you, I want to change your perspective. Or, perhaps math isn’t quite as exciting as it used to be and you need a little “math love.’ If math were a tree, would it be giving…

  • This is blog 7 of 7 where I share lessons I’ve learned the last few years as I’ve seen Coaching Actuaries grow from a staff of 5 to 31. In this blog, I share how culture is at the core of Coaching Actuaries. One fast way my brains shuts down is to hear buzzwords. A…

  • This is blog 6 of 7 where I share lessons I’ve learned the last few years as I’ve seen Coaching Actuaries grow from a staff of 5 to 31. In this blog, I’ll illuminate the dark side of ideas. One key principle we have at our company is that we are more effective if we…

  • (This is blog 5 of 7 where I share lessons I’ve learned the last few years as I’ve seen Coaching Actuaries grow from a staff of 5 to 31. In this blog, I’ll identify the two ditches you must avoid to lead well.) We’re deep into winter in Iowa again, so I’m enduring the cold,…

  • This is blog 4 of 7 where I share lessons I’ve learned the last few years as I’ve seen Coaching Actuaries grow from a staff of 5 to 31. In this blog, I’ll share the key to a great career and building a great company is honest feedback. As far as I can remember, I’ve…

  • (This is part 3 of 7, where I share lessons I’ve learned the last few years as I’ve seen Coaching Actuaries grow from a staff of 5 to 31. In this blog, I’ll distinguish what I’ve learned as the difference between leading and managing.) Certainly, when your staff increases from 5 to 31, it requires…