Friday, March 7, 2014
One company, Q2, has arcade night. It's networking at a local arcade--games and resumes.
MoneyDesktop holds drink-ups. Meeting place: a local brewery. (I remember companies trying to keep people out of bars, not that they succeeded--ah, good times, good times.)
RJ Metrics lets people design their own offices--complete with spendy chairs and cool desks.
Autodesk lets you bring Rover to work. Are any dogs really named Rover or Fido?
Or how about unlimited paid vacay? Try for a job at Evernote. I gather they want you to show up sometimes to earn that check, but who knows. Maybe you only work two weeks a year.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
So American University's Kogod School of Business has redesigned its program to reflect 21st century realities.
They are combining opportunity and experience. It's a 21-month program with a solid business core--surrounded by electives aimed at consulting and other sub-interests.
The emphasis will be on where public, private and nonprofit worlds connect.
There will be two-week "signature" courses.
For those already working, there will be morning course options--say 7 am to 10 am. This could be accompanied by online learning.
There was some other jargon about "purpose driven individuals" which I tuned out, but this sounds worth checking out.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Apollo Education Group for profit Phoenix College) is launching an online marketplace matching courses to jobs. It's called Balloon.
It will start with a catalog of 15,000 tech courses from Microsoft, Adobe, Coursera, and Udacity--and link these to job opportunities.
Balloon will be much like iTunes--an aggregator.
Also check out Degreed, which "scores" you for knowledge--including formal schooling, mag subscriptions and other criteria.
Another site, Acredible, allows you to post written work or a video of you speaking a language.
Another aggregation of courses is skilledup.com.
Balloon, eventually, will charge employers for leads to students who do well--and also have the chops the employer is looking for.
All we can be sure of here is--more change. Hang on
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
They may be such a connection.
Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, had a messy office--how else would the life-saving mold get a foothold?
Yes, there is at least one study--Univ of Minnesota--people with messy desks more prone to risk-taking. Clean desks--rule followers.
When you are in the idea generating phase--chaotic desk. When going into production--maybe neater.
Keep things that could inspire.
And by the way, there are two types of messy--unkempt and dirty. Dirty may not be as inspiring--but, still, see Fleming (above).
My desk can get messy--I half read or half think something through and set it down--yes, I will pick it up again later.
I must be creative as all heck.
That guy in the pix--head of Zappos. Draw your own conclusions.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Then, I started to write here about how good managers are positive. I hate positive. Have you ever heard a dopier saying than "It's all good"?
I have a doctor tell me once to stay positive--no, YOU stay positive and I hope you went to med school they day they taught my operation.
Let's see--the CareerBuilder article on positive managers--it says not to be a negative manager. I can kind of grok that.
Don't be over-controlling. Overchecking, micromanaging, creating impossible rules--don't.
Admit mistakes. I mean, don't ignore them or cover them up.
Have a single standard for all.
Don't punish the good and reward the bad. Some manager do this to make themselves feel more adequate.
Ask yourself--do you think your people look forward to coming to work?
Friday, February 28, 2014
Anyhow, Carlene Reyes, Arizona Republic, Feb 26, 2014, says pitching to prospective investors is an art.
First, if it's a venture cap firm, having a referral from someone known to them is good. Or you can use a site like gust.com.
Do your homework on investor firms. They specialize in different industries, for one thing.
Know if the investor is able to accommodate you are the stage of your business you are in. Startup funds are one thing, expansion funds another.
Bring hard analysis to the meeting--this isn't chitchat.
But don't overdo the above. Don't read slides to the investors.
Also know your competition and how you differ--and hopefully, are better.
And be sure you know your business--don't expect the investor to suggest better ways to do it.
I am adding this--when the meeting is over, ask what comes next, when will you hear from them.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
People get addicted to action--to doing--to speed.
Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, says thinking and going all the time is an addiction.
I have it.
I do email constantly--alerts--these blogs that pay me nada--commenting on sites.. coming up with ideas,.etc.
So, according to this, I am diseased.
Americans usually don't take all their vacay time--except for our leaders, of course. They take theirs and ours.
You need to ask for help. Sit in the quiet sometimes. The old robber barons used to call it "sitting the silence." They said ideas fell into their minds like letters in a mail slot. I have tried this--it works.
I guess this is a version of stop and smell the roses--without roses.