Companies Need 4 Leadership Types, Says VMware’s Chief. Q.
What are some important leadership lessons for you? A. I’ve learned that when you go from being an individual contributor to being a leader of a small group of 5 to 10 people, to leading 100 people, to leading 1,000 people, to leading 10,000 people, the nature of your job changes at each of those points. Q. Talk more about that. A. You have to realize that your contribution becomes more symbolic, in the sense that you’re trying to set a general direction.
And, as the groups get bigger, the period over which you measure your own performance gets longer, and the way you get your feedback changes. Almost at any level, the really successful people in organizations are the ones who try to structure their lives to learn and get feedback and be self-aware. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. You need to have somebody who is a strategist or visionary, who sets the goals for where the organization needs to go. Then, lastly, you need the enforcer. You need a degree of humility and self-awareness. Q. A. Q. A. Q. From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz. The Myth of the Cool Office - Rebecca Greenfield. Don't be fooled by the perks at all those Silicon Valley (and Alley) offices — it's all just part of a subtle plot to control employee behavior.
The founders of Fab.com, which just got itself a $1 billion valuation, admitted as much to Bloomberg's Sarah Frier. The shopping site wields its beer on tap, free lunch, and ice-cream machine as a means to force Fab employees to send emails in a "certain font," use high-quality paper, and always "be Fab" — whatever terrible thing that means. Those types of office perks abound at startups, of course, not only as a way to attract the best talent, but also to get that "talent" working on message, official office font included.
Each and every kegerator serves as a reminder of what you owe the company. And that's just the food and drink. Unlimited Vacation Days Nobody Takes It sounds like the best perk ever: You could, officially, and under official policy, get paid for a three-month summer vacation. Translation: non-stop vacation is a ruse. On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up?
That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? David Graeber explored the phenomenon of bullshit jobs for our recent summer issue – everyone who’s employed should read carefully… On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. Why did Keynes’ promised utopia – still being eagerly awaited in the ‘60s – never materialise?
So what are these new jobs, precisely? These are what I propose to call “bullshit jobs.” It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. The answer clearly isn’t economic: it’s moral and political. This is a profound psychological violence here. Pick up your copy of STRIKE! Should we worry about 'unproductive' financial sector gobbling up our best? Are too many of our most talented people choosing careers in finance – and, more specifically, in trading, speculating, and other allegedly unproductive activities?
In the United States, 7.4% of total compensation of employees in 2012 went to people working in the finance and insurance industries. Whether or not that percentage is too high, the real issue is that the share is even higher among the most educated and accomplished people, whose activities may be economically and socially useless, if not harmful. In a survey of elite US universities, Catherine Rampell found that in 2006, just before the financial crisis, 25% of graduating seniors at Harvard, 24% at Yale, and a whopping 46% at Princeton were starting their careers in financial services.
Those percentages have fallen since, but this might be only a temporary effect of the crisis. We surely need some people in trading and speculation. To some people, the question is a moral one. To many observers, Glass-Steagall made no sense. The Ethic of Marginal Value. Recently David Graeber has gotten some attention for an essay on “the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”, which is notable mostly for getting some important arguments about the nature of work into wider circulation than usual.
Mainstream economists have taken notice of Graeber’s contention that much of the activity that people are compelled to perform in return for their wages is “effectively, pointless”. But the result of mainstream engagement, as often as not, is little more than a demonstration of the narrow perspective of the conventional economist. In that vein, I’m particularly enamored of this contribution from Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution. Tabarrok seizes on an element of Graeber’s essay that echoes something I wrote about a couple of years ago: the weak relationship between the importance of the jobs people do and the reward they receive for doing them.
To begin with, the chosen example is an amusing one, since it in no way exemplifies what it purports to demonstrate. A two-tiered employment world. Tatyana Deryugina (Illinois) and Olga Shurchkov (Wellesley): When are Appearances Deceiving?
The Nature of the Beauty Premium. The best, brightest, and least productive: Are too many of our most talented people choosing careers in finance — and, more specifically, in trading, speculating, and other allegedly “unproductive” activities? Get a life: If you're more productive, you get to work less. Andrew Leonard on why we hate the new tech boom: Our new masters aren't going away — and neither is a two-tiered employment world which makes inequality worse. Dean Baker on getting to full employment: It actually is not that complicated. Throw Out Your Resume. 10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years. Sample Behavioral Job Interview Questions. We've pulled together a list of common behavioral-interview questions job-seekers may be asked in job interviews.
6 interview questions that will make any employer want to hire you. This story originally ran on PR Daily in March 2013.
Common advice among job seekers is that when you attend an interview, you need to interview the employer right back. After all, you're the one who will potentially fill the position. You need to know if it's going to be a good fit, right? While salary ranges, benefits and schedule flexibility are important details you deserve answers to, hiring managers don't appreciate questions like those until at least your second interview (or maybe even after they make you an offer). During your first interview, the "impress me" dance is still in full swing. Here are six questions to ask at the end of your interview that will help you master the twisted tango of getting hired. 1. The answer to this question will give you more insight into the current state of the position while showing you're invested and interested in learning how you can start things off with a bang. 2. The answer to this question will be very telling. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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Thestreet.com I was afraid to go into the office. But there were too many people I didn’t want to run into. One day, Dave Morrow (R.I.P.) called me and said, “you have to come into the office. I said, “lets meet outside where you usually do your cigarette breaks.” “No,” he said. I had a deal with thestreet after I sold Stockpickr to them. I’m a skilled negotiatior. They said, “no”. Fund of funds. I ran a fund of hedge funds.
A major bank wanted to buy our fund of funds. We didn’t respond to the offer. (for some reason this came up under Google images when I searched “Formula Capital”) Trading: I was trading for several hedge funds. Programming: How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. By Maria Popova Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery.
Every few months, I rediscover and redevour Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham’s fantastic 2006 article, How to Do What You Love. What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. More of Graham’s wisdom on how to find meaning and make wealth can be found in Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age. His terrific 2009 TED talk offers a taste: 16. Later, MacLeod echoes Graham’s point about prestige above: 28. INTJ Careers: A List of Professional Jobs. INTJs tend to enjoy a career if it involves innovation and creativity, particularly in developing systems, strategies and models. They enjoy having plenty of privacy, and working with intellectually challenging and competent people. They like to have high-level objectives that tackle complex and difficult problems. INTJs prefer careers in which there is more: thinking about ideas and information (Introversion)dealing with possibilities and potential (iNtuition)making decisions using objective logic (Thinking)using a well-defined and structured workstyle (Judgment) Most Popular CareersThe careers chosen most often by INTJs (according to our research with people already in work) include academia, computing, engineering, science, project management, research, management.
Most Enjoyable CareersResearch shows that the most popular careers are not always the most enjoyable. Next: Personality/Career Test By Steve Myers (Google+). How to Ask for an Informational Meeting. By Hannah Morgan on December 14, 2010 I was invited to a presentation yesterday given by a marketing guru to a group of talented design students. The purpose of his presentation was to convey the parallels between marketing a product and marketing themselves. Resumes = Junk Mail I am always dismayed when I hear people focus on the resume and cover letter as a means of creating interest. Some of that started to happen yesterday. I think we are assuming that companies with jobs to be filled, are “pre-qualified leads” and I just don’t buy it. When you hear people suggest you should make contact with people inside a company, the question inevitably is “HOW?” How do you meet anyone?
In this new world we live in, being connected and meeting new people (online and in person) is critical to your professional survival. You could pick up the phone and just call. You could do a lot of things. Your next question is: “Well, what do I talk to them about?” Get Ahead of the Curve. Search Resumes Online. This is what a GOOD resume should look like. Although the example here is a developer resume, almost all of these points (everything but #9 and #11) apply to other positions as well. If your resume doesn't look like this, we can help! One Page Resume: Recruiters do not read your resume; they do a 15 - 30 second "spot check" of your resume. When your resume is too long, it just takes your best stuff - the stuff that would have made the "one page cut" - and dilutes it with more mediocre content. Lengthy resumes do not make you more impressive, and there are many other reasons to keep your resume short too.
A good rule of thumb is to keep your resume to one page if you have less than 10 years of experience or at most two pages if you have more than 10 years of experience. No Objectives: All an objective does is state, in a wordy way, what position you're interested in. Use a Resume Template with Columns: Unless you're great with design, you probably shouldn't be creating your own resume template. What did you NOT include? The Resume Is Dead, The Bio Is King. Careers / corporate / HR. Peter Principle.
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