Workplace sabotage often happens to the idealistic but sometimes it happens to the more realistic among us. What to do?
Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, abruptly backtracked after “suggesting women in tech shouldn’t ask for raises but instead rely on ‘good karma.’ He now wants to lead the tech industry in gender equality” (Kerr, 2014, para. 1).
Satya: you are definitely the wrong guy for the job.
I can only imagine the justified panic within Microsoft’s organization. Nadella’s telling remarks have likely caused Microsoft’s social capital to plummet. My attitude shifted from shock to amusement as I imagined the CEO’s inner dialogue:
Think about how your organization approaches recruiting…are you open minded? Do processes reflect organizational imagination? Are those involved able to recognize and appreciate potential? Are you in denial?
Last week I reported my results from the GallupⓇ Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder (ESF). This week, in Part 1 of the Entrepreneurial Thinkers series, I will take a more in-depth look at the entrepreneurial talent of determination.
Determination: Elon Musk
Musk is somewhat of a savant when it comes to determination. In their book, Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, Cliffton and Badal (2014) discuss the entrepreneurial talents from Gallup’s survey. As an entrepreneur, Musk appears to be the definition of determination. Failure has not stopped Musk and he certainly has no problem thinking big. Whether it’s been launching space vehicles or alternative energy technologies, Musk has been no stranger to obstacles and frustrations. He simply works harder to identify opportunities for success.
Clifton and Badal warn that “Entrepreneurs with high tenacity and perseverance…may have a tendency to stick with a failing strategy…even when the results are below expectations” (p. 94). Elon Musk has achieved balance in this regard.
Musk has a fantastic academic pedigree and was accepted into the PhD program at Stanford in Applied Physics. Here’s the catch: Musk left the program after two days. [what? he quit?? That's not determination, is it?]
The PhD program, while prestigious, didn’t seem to align with Musk’s entrepreneurial goals so he redirected his efforts.
Be sure to look for Part 2 of the Entrepreneurial Thinkers series where we will take a look at the talent of confidence.
Recently I decided to the explore the Entrepreneurial StrengthsfinderⓇ (ESF) by GallupⓇ. My theory was that the results may remind me of things I’ve forgotten, take for granted or need to develop further.
It happens every term…I am asked to provide opportunities for extra credit…and every term I’m a bit baffled but never undecided as to what I should do about such requests.
While there are many reasons students feel compelled to ask for extra credit, the result is an ethical question that every prof will face. Guaranteed. Read more…