Archive | May, 2014

The Purpose of College Is To Make You Uncomfortable

Is ‘empathetically correct’ the new politically correct? Over dinner with some long-time friends, we were discussing the difficulty their grandson, a recent engineering grad, was having finding a job. Knowing that the religious school he attended was certainly not noted for engineering, I asked why he hadn’t gone to the University of Minnesota. At the […]

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On Target: Zakaria’s Sarah Lawrence Commencement Address

It’s obvious, says Fareed Zakaria, that the conventional wisdom regarding a college degree is that a student should major in computer science, code at night, start a company, and take it public. Or, if you want to branch out, you could major in mechanical engineering. What you’re not supposed to do is get a liberal arts […]

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The Naked Emperor And Employee Engagement: It’s NOT Working

Present And Future Of Employee Engagement, and The News Is Bad, Really Bad By Robert Bacal In a recent report from Josh Bersin, estimates of ANNUAL expenditures on employee engagement initiatives is about three quarters of a BILLION dollars. It’s hard to find articles on improvement in the workplace that do NOT mention engagement. It’s […]

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Three Questions About Questioning

Recently a couple business school academics engaged in an email conversation about a number of issues within the discipline of questioning. It was immediately obvious that neither had the slightest tacit, nor even consultancy, knowledge about what business people actually know about the technology of questioning. Their assumptions were completely wrong from the get-go: two […]

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