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The workplace sabotage virus: Eradicate, re-cultivate, be awesome!

October 14, 2014
Sabotage #6 by Stefan, CC

Sabotage #6 by Stefan, CC




Workplace sabotage often happens to the idealistic but sometimes it happens to the more realistic among us. What to do?



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Microsoft CEO’s remarks: Oops, did I say that out loud?

October 12, 2014
Jedi mind tricks feeble





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:

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Do you recruit like Cyclops?

October 12, 2014
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Public Domain
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Public Domain

Myopic: [mahy-op-ik], adjective

1. Ophthalmology: pertaining to or having myopia; nearsighted.
2. Unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.
3. Lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.



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?

If thinking about these things causes you to squirm a little, that’s OK. There’s hope.

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Organizational Goodbyes: Avoid the Ugly (and the cake!)

October 6, 2014

you are dead to us now

I came across this image on while searching the ends of the Interwebs in a fleeting moment of boredom. While it made me laugh hysterically, it also reminded me that there is a significance to organizational exits that goes beyond the exit interview. Read more…

Determination: Entrepreneurial Thinkers Series, Part 1

October 2, 2014

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?]

Actually, yes.

The PhD program, while prestigious, didn’t seem to align with Musk’s entrepreneurial goals so he redirected his efforts.

Next week

Be sure to look for Part 2 of the Entrepreneurial Thinkers series where we will take a look at the talent of confidence.

Entrepreneurial thinking: It’s not just for entrepreneurs

September 26, 2014
lemonade stand

Amy Gizienski, CC license

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.

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Extra credit and real-world preparedness

September 19, 2014

Extra Credit Meme

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…

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