Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D.

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

– Marcus Aurelius

 “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

– Lao Tzu

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

– Anaïs Nin

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Portfolio of Activities

HACKETT LABS

At HACKETT LABS my focus is on teaching, researching, advising/coaching, and engaging in service activities at universities.

MDI.TOKYO

At MDI.TOKYO my focus is on delivering world-class Executive Education and Professional Learning & Development experiences to company employees and groups.

“Only by externalization, by entering into social relationships, can we develop the interiority of our own person.”

-Jurgen Habermas

“There are people across the country who deny evidence, invent their own facts and live in their own fantasyland.”

– David Brooks

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The person who lies to himself or herself and listens to their own lie comes to a point that they cannot distinguish the Truth within, or around their self, and so lose all self-respect and all respect for others. And having no respect they cease to love.”

– Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“The whole purpose of reasoning – of logic – is to arrive at the Truth. Not to pursue the Truth would be absurd. Truth is what gives meaning to all our endeavors.”

– D. Q. McInerny

“You can ‘prove’ anything empirically… if you ignore enough data and/or variables. [But, that is not the same as arriving at the Truth].”

– N. Taib

“though the world does not change with a change of paradigm, the scientist afterward works in a different world.”

– Thomas Kuhn

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose you consider a mighty one, the being a force of nature rather than a foolish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“The wicked leader is he or she who the people despise. The good leader is he or she who the people revere. The great leader is he or she who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.'”

– Lao Tzu

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

– Carl Jung

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

“I ask that you believe that you have a soul. That there is some piece of you that gives you infinite dignity and value. In any moral situation, if you treat the other person as if they have an infinite soul, I believe that you will treat them well.”

– David Brooks

“It’s not tax money… We simply use the computer to mark up the size of the account.”

– Ben Bernanke, Ph.D. (on how the Federal Reserve injects money into the economy during times of crisis)

“Most people simply aren’t aware that the Fed doles out money using nothing more than a computer. To buy financial assets, or lend to a bank, the Fed simply keystrokes ‘digital dollars,’ formally known as bank reserves, into existence. It does this not just in an emergency but each and every day.”

– Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D.