“We need help.”
My boss sounded concerned.
“We need to do more with less. Remote work is taking its toll. We must think about making plans to return to the office soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an increase in burnout.”
“Do you think your students might be interested in an internship?”
So, we posted two internship vacancies.
It didn’t take long to find students for these positions. Even though most work is still being done remotely, it’s an excellent opportunity to look inside a big company.
My colleague browsed through the CVs and quickly found…
“When I turn 52, I want to run 52k”
I announced my plan to my wife, over breakfast, one week before my birthday.
“Oh no, you won’t,” came the reply. “That’s crazy.”
So, the negotiations began.
My plan was to wake up at 4:30 AM and get back later in the morning. There would still be plenty of time to celebrate my birthday.
She thought I was joking. “Since when do you care about your birthday.”
It is true. I am not a birthday kind of guy. But I wasn’t kidding about the run. …
Occasionally, you receive an email that makes you stop and think. It touches on a topic that you care passionately about.
One of my former students sent me such an email last week.
“I am seriously considering enrolling on The Power MBA. You should consider it too. The program only costs $995. Besides the price, the flexibility is another big plus. It’s an all-online program that consists of more than 250 classes. The content is delivered in 15-minute classes. And you’ll be learning from the “best of the best” — authoritative founders and business executives.”
As a university professor, I…
Have you ever been in meetings or attended discussions where the “loudest man” dominated the conversation?
I am sure you have encountered the loudest man. He is everywhere. Restaurants. Airports. Planes. Trains.
In the old “in-person” days, you had to be polite, nod, smile, and keep your head down. It was frustrating.
Why doesn’t anybody else notice that we are wasting our valuable time? Am I the only one in the room who is being driven to madness?
An advantage of the online world is that you can let your frustration run free and scream at the loudest man. …
Social media influencer? Tech entrepreneur? Professional gamer?
Probably, none of the above. Most of my students will still end up as an employee at a big company.
But will they be happy? What should companies do to attract and retain talent? It will all be about freedom and space.
My colleague said something interesting to me last week. She was making an observation about returning to the office:
“It feels weird to be so close to everyone. Being near so many other people.”
A settled sense of what it means to be close or distant is one of the many…
For as long as I have known her, my wife has owned and run a restaurant.
It’s one of those high-end places for fine dining. Fantastic location. Great atmosphere. Good food.
But it was time for change, a new adventure.
Running a restaurant is a lot of fun. Offering guests a memorable time is rewarding and energizing.
And whenever my wife and I are at parties, receptions, or other social events, the fact that she is running a restaurant always becomes the focal point of the conversation. The restaurant business appeals to the imagination of everyone.
Her restaurant soon became…
A. Eddie Murphy
B. Meghan Markle
C. Van Neistat
D. Taco Bell
Who is the odd one out?
March 4, 2021. Amazon Prime released “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the hugely popular movie from the eighties. It looked like a clear attempt to recapture past glories for a star whose fortunes have faded recently.
I watched the movie a few days after its release. I had no expectations. Normally, I would read the reviews before watching, but I decided not to. It isn’t hard to imagine what they would say. Do we really need another comedy sequel?
My university organized an online event for prospective students last week, and some bright administrators thought “meet your professor” might attract more students.
The event used webinar software, so the participants could see me, but I couldn’t see them. The questions all came through chat.
Sat there with my face in a box on display to the “world,” I felt like an animal at the zoo — a caged representative for a product that I both depend on for my existence, yet don’t really believe in anymore.
And, like the zoos of my childhood, the universities are experiencing a similar…
Last night, I decided to take my raft on its maiden voyage. The journey started well — beautiful panoramic views and a genuine sense of adventure. But as the sun began to set, I became hungry and realized I had failed to bring sufficient supplies. I decided to go ashore for food in a dangerous area — the Black Forest. I moored my raft and built a hut to hide in until morning.
I didn’t expect five deadly “grey” dwarves to arrive and smash my raft. Far from home, huddled in my improvised accommodation, and surrounded by foes, there was…
I was a lost cause.
At school, my teachers were convinced: I would never make it in the real world.
The reason: I didn’t take the required readings/literature seriously. Instead, I read comic books — lots of them. I loved the combination of illustrations and text.
It was, of course, also a huge problem that I preferred movies over books.
It got worse when I started to play videogames. The videogames had taken away the final drop of hope. There was no doubt that they would ruin any chance I still had left on a decent career.
True. I wasn’t…