This is an erudite newsletter.

No apologies for that; it’s a fact. This is a newsletter that will make you think. And if that’s not what you’re looking for, I understand. We all have limited time and we decide how to spend it.


“In a highly literate, fragmented society, “Time is money,” and money is the store of other people’s time and effort.” — Marshall McLuhan, 1964


But here’s a thought: what if I could save you some time? What if I could give you a shortcut to learn from the mistakes and successes of other people?


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Leaders abound in literature and history, and their stories can serve as lessons and guideposts today. And what is history, but a set of stories?

Stories ripe with lessons in communication, leadership, and integrity, leading to better relationships — relationships with employees, customers,


“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.” —
T.S. Eliot, 1936


Each week in Timeless & Timely, you get advice and counsel of the past with a lens to understand and act on the issues and ideas before you today. You get a chance to slow down and reflect outside of the chaos and outrage online.


“Amid the cacophony, and because of it, there is an audience for some­thing different.” — George Will, 2020

Give Me Something Different



Here’s what every subscriber gets each week:

✒️ An essay every other Tuesday with contextual historical quotes and deep thoughts on leadership, communication, and humanity, connected to a current event.

🕔 A fortnightly Saturday edition called “Off the Clock” that lands somewhere between Timeless & Timely, usually focused on language and literature. For the word nerds among us.

🎙Notifications of new episodes of the Timeless Leadership podcast (on Thursdays, in season).

📜 Plus plenty of historical quotes in context, all designed to make you well-informed and provide you with a different perspective.


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Oooh, look at you all fancy! In addition to the above, you get these benefits:

🏛 An additional newsletter every other Friday with an essay and links to curated stories and a recommended book and podcast.

✏️ The ability to comment on subscriber-only posts and to participate in weekly Office Hours with me and a growing community from time to time.

Timeless & Timely is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.

For a great cross-section of many posts that are interrelated, check out this one, on the subject of hope:

Timeless & Timely
Finding Hope
“Afflictions sent by Providence melt the constancy of the noble minded but confirm the obduracy of the vile. The same furnace that hardens clay liquefies gold.” — Charles Caleb Colton, c. 1820 I just returned from a week in Phoenix. Some t…
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Who is Scott Monty?

I’m a former Classics major who went on to get an M.B.A. and eventually became the first executive at Ford Motor Company to lead digital communications and social media globally. During that time, I was exposed to all parts of the business and to leaders across the world in various industries.

Along the way, I realized there are fundamental behaviors we share and that leaders are everywhere around us, with lessons ready for us — if we’re ready for them.

But this isn’t just stories from the past; it’s about applying what we already know to what’s going on in the world around us today.

I regularly speak to groups about leadership and communications topics. If you’d like to bring me in, please contact me here.

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