Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A Report from Steve Lehmann, The Academy's International Secretary



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Following a flurry of activity involving international actuarial organizations and international initiatives, Academy International Secretary Steve Lehmann, sat down with Actuarial Update, the Academy's monthly newsletter, for a wide-ranging discussion about the Academy's international work. Following is the text of the article from the June 2010 issue of Actuarial Update:

Lehmann Checks in After Travels Abroad

Former Academy president Steve Lehmann succeeded the late Dan McCarthy as the Academy's international secretary in 2008. The Update caught up with Lehmann following his recent globetrotting to ask about his experiences in the last year and a half representing the Academy and the U.S. actuarial profession on the international stage. Lehmann attended the International Actuarial Association (IAA) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, March 3–6 and the International Congress of Actuaries from March 7–12.

Update: You were the Academy's alternate delegate to the IAA when the international secretary position was created. How much has your international work changed from your prior involvement to now being the international secretary who represents to all the U.S. organizations?

Lehmann: The international secretary position was created in 2007 to coordinate the Academy's involvement with IAA committees and to increase the effectiveness of the Academy and other U.S. actuarial organizations at the IAA-ultimately to represent all U.S. actuaries at the IAA.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Report

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Real Question Is What Is the Solution For You?

Stop reading the newspapers, watching TV and engaging in conversations with co-workers and others about negative news headlines. George Ross, Donald Trump’s key attorney and deal closure reminds us that most news is not credible or at least not the complete picture. As importantly, the most immediate item that affects us individually is what we do for ourselves.

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One of the areas of my own business interests is being with an organization that coaches business owners and other interested in successful real estate investing how to move forward and achieve continually increasing performance goals.

The theme here is individual responsibility for what happens in your life. Most of us have the resources to move forward and do a lot better than we are doing today. I like the example I heard once where the question was asked “if you had the opportunity to buy a new $100,000 car for $5000 would you be able to figure out how to come up with the $5000? Most everyone said yes. Then why would you ever resist the opportunity to start your own business because you didn’t have a couple thousand dollars you need for basic infrastructure and expenses during the start up period?

Are you unemployed? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you unhappy with the work you do? Don’t look outside of yourself for someone to solve these or any other issue. Do you feel you don’t have enough knowledge or education? I just finished a couple days of coaching a person who has three businesses, lives in a million dollar home with a quarter million dollar boat outside. He is a high school graduate. He figured it out. You probably know of others like him or read about them.

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