Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human. In telling the story of how you became who you are, and of who you're on your way to becoming, the story itself becomes a part of who you are. “Life stories do not simply reflect personality. They are personality, or more accurately, they are important parts of personality, along with other parts, like dispositional traits, goals, and values,” writes Dan McAdams, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Read on...

Skipping the MBA and Questioning the Benefits of College - Why is it Uncomfortable?

I make the case that you don't have to go to business school to learn practical business skills and do well in the working world. In fact, skipping the MBA may actually help you be more successful in the long run. That's a position that makes many people uncomfortable, and has sparked quite a bit of controversy. The question is: why? Because I've publicly advocated skipping business school, I've been standing squarely in the middle of this firestorm for six years. To be honest, I've always wondered why people get so worked up.

What We Expect From Ourselves And Others Often Becomes Reality

The Pygmalion effect is the finding by social psychologist Robert Rosenthal “that what one person expects of another can come to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Rosenthal and his coauthor Lenore Jacobson coined the term to describe the striking results of an experiment they carried out in a California school in 1965. Do you have a pygmalion in your life??

Can Our Childhood Really Predict Our Future? -

Our childhood experiences, which include parents, combined with our own personalities, our reaction to siblings and peers and the context of our lives send us off on a path with a particular set of beliefs and patterns. Here are 6 Myths and Facts about the connection between childhood and adult problems.

Is an MBA Still Necessary

It used to be that top corporations picked up MBA graduates as fast as schools could slap mortarboards on their heads. These young guns drove corporate reorganization, product innovation and marketing and implemented new styles of leadership. They were a symbol of a new culture, and anyone serious about a career in business aspired to earn those three letters. Today, the power of the MBA is not so certain. Many in corporate America and academia say the degree that once defined bright, snappy leadership now symbolizes a discipline that has lost touch with the business world.

7 Challenges Women Entrepreneurs Face (and How to Overcome Them)

Entrepreneurship was once considered a man's domain, but the tide has shifted: More than 9 million U.S. firms are now owned by women, employing nearly 8 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales, according to 2015 data from the National Association of Women Business Owners. Although more women are embracing entrepreneurship, they often face challenges not typically shared by their male counterparts. To shed light on some of these disparities, female CEOs spoke with Business News Daily about the key challenges women entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.

Four Advantages To Being A Female Entrepreneur

This is an article with several assertions that don't ring true in my mind. However, it does have some useful points - you be the judge. Being a woman has its advantages and its disadvantages, but when it comes to female entrepreneurship, I think women are moving into their own. The statistics are promising as there are 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the US currently, and in the next five years, over half of all small business jobs will be created from women-owned businesses.

The Differences Between Brand And Reputation

Brand and reputation are tightly linked but not synonyms. I raise this because I seem to be having more and more conversations where brand projects are being renamed as reputation projects to make them more “palatable” internally. That in itself says a lot about what senior management think brand is and why they believe it’s not what they need.

Don't Confuse Reputation With Brand

Many executives often speak about corporate reputation and brand as if they are one and the same. They are not, and confusing the two can be costly. Focusing on reputation at the expense of brand can lead to product offerings that languish in the market. On the other hand, concentrating on brand and neglecting reputation can be equally dangerous, resulting in a lower stock price, difficulties in attracting top talent and even product boycotts.

Should You Always Play to Your Strengths?

Contrary to popular wisdom, playing to your strengths is not always a good idea. For example, managers who are good problem solvers could fail to engage employees in problem solving by playing to this strength. Let's first examine some potential flaws in the strengths concept and then see what can be said in its defense.