This is a time machine.


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


You can always make more money. But what if you make more time — the time your business needs to develop a new idea, consider consumer trends, or overcome a costly mistake?

And what if I told you that other people have trodden similar paths and you can learn from their mistakes and successes as a shortcut?

Show Me How

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

Lessons in communication, leadership, and integrity, leading to better relationships.


“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.

This is a newsletter unlike any other.


Or, as George Will said about his own column,

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

Give Me Something Different


If you sign up for the free email, every you get:

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

🕔 A 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.

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


If you sign up for the Premium edition, you get all of that, plus:

🎧 The audio edition of the Wednesday newsletter, in case you prefer to listen to it rather than read it.

🏛 An additional newsletter on 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 Q&A sessions with me and a growing community from time to time.

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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