Articles

Triangle Technology Executive Council

May 31, 2019

Driving Digital Transformation

Image of an employee badge as an icon of a private event.I will be facilitating a panel discussion on Digital Transformation for an audience of IT executives. I will also have the good fortune of being interviewed about my book by my good friend Susan Kellogg.

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Know your worth, and then ask for it.

May 22, 2019

Treat yourself to a 10 minute self-improvement splurge today and go watch Casey Brown’s insightful TED Talk on getting paid what you are worth. Casey’s tagline is worth having embossed on a poster:

No one will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.

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The Value of Coaching

May 20, 2019

I work with people who see coaching not as a cost, nor as a sign of weakness, but as an avenue to breakthroughs and greatness. The value of that coaching depends on how hard you are willing to work and how successful you want be.

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Haas Reunion Family Picnic

April 28, 2019

Faculty Glade, UC Berkeley campus

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Haas Alumni Conference

April 27, 2019

Reunion Weekend Alumni Conference.

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Haas Class of 2004 Happy Hour

April 26, 2019

Casual catchup for the Evening / Weekend MBA Class of 2004 from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. (Bart/MUNI: Montgomery, Caltrains 4th)

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Out of the Wreckage

December 9, 2017

There is something deeply weird about humanity. … This phrase does not refer to our skills with language or our use of tools or ability to change our environment, remarkable though these are. It refers to our astonishing degree of altruism: our kindness towards other members of our species. We possess an unparalleled sensitivity to the needs of others, a unique level of concern about their welfare, and a peerless ability to create moral norms that generalise and enforce these tendencies.

— George Monbiot. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis

Democracy is under siege. Authoritarianism is on the rise. This is true, not only in America, but in the UK and other parts of Europe as well. Bills in the US Congress that are highly unpopular are passed by politicians who are equally so. The elected officials at the local and federal levels work for their donors, not for the people who elected them. How can this be happening? In the developed world? In the 21st century?

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Dark Money

November 10, 2017

Dark Money is the inside story of how 400 of the richest people in America are putting their money to work to bend academia, the media, churches, and the courts to their self-interest. If you want to understand what is happening at the political — and to some degree, cultural — level in America today, you must read this book.

Jane Mayer’s deep research and lucid writing is the perfect companion to Nancy MacLean’s brilliant work, Democracy in ChainsWhile Democracy in Chains is about the philosophy and ideology that underlies the thinking of those on the far right, Dark Money is about the players, their money, and how they are propagating their narcissistic values and beliefs to change the face of America.

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Democracy in Chains

November 8, 2017

As it subtitle states, Democracy in Chains is a deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America. It is the utterly chilling story of the ideological origins of the single most powerful and least understood threat to democracy today: the attempt by the billionaire-backed radical right to undo democratic governance. … [they are on] a stealth bid to reverse-engineer all of America, at both the state and the national levels, back to the political economy and oligarchic governance of midcentury Virginia, minus the segregation.

Read this book if you want to understand what is happening in America today.

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How to Search for a Job

July 18, 2017

Nick Corcodilos is one of my favorite sources for advice on job hunting. Leveraging his experience as a best-in-class headhunter, he lends his considerable talents to pulling back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He doesn’t pull punches and he’s almost always good for a smile or two as well. His weekly newsletter is a never-miss for me.

This week he continues his insightful critique of LinkedIn with illuminating examples of how people commit career suicide in a futile attempt to find a job.

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