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Profit is not the ONLY purpose for a company from Off the hook with Milton Friedman via Seth Godin’s Blog

October 9th, 2018 No comments

I’ve said much the same thing that Seth is saying here (see below) in past columns (Economic downturns makes career planning even more important
October 3rd, 2008) and I wanted to reinforce those words with his analysis here. Profit gained by extorting, abusing and defrauding others is anathema to our society and — I believe — not required for a decent (sometimes astronomical) profit. Still people will cut corners, lie, cheat and steal while all the while proclaiming “It’s not my fault! I did nothing wrong! It is all the company’s fault!”

Profit is not the ONLY purpose for a company from Off the hook with Milton Friedman via Seth Godin's Blog

Companies, by their very nature, cannot have consciences. They can’t distinguish between right and wrong. Only the employees of a company have that power, but they abdicate it in some false sense of righteousness that they were only “doing their job!” 

Avoid those whose only motive us profit. You will not be above their abuse. You’re only seen as another mark to be conned — another sheep to be fleeced.

Seth godin

Nearly fifty years ago, Milton Friedman published a polemic, an article that altered the way many people think about corporations and their role in society. Countless writers have explained why it’s poorly reasoned, dangerous and wrong. (Including business school deans, Harvard Business Review and Fortune).

The simple message of the simple article was: “there is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits…”

Friedman does add a parenthetical, “so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud,” but it’s clear that his emphasis is on the first part.

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Kickstart Your Creativity – 30 Tips! via Stage 32

August 21st, 2018 Comments off

Kickstart Your Creativity – 30 Tips! via Stage 32

Kickstart Your Creativity – 30 Tips! via Stage 32

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A recent poll of creatives found that 37% experience the greatest dip in their creativity on Saturday. But not you, right? You’re going to use today to start, continue or shore up that creative project.

Even if that’s not the case, or if you’ve lately found yourself in a creative lull, courtesy of our friends at lifehack.org, here are 30 inspiring and motivational tips to kickstart your creativity.

Enjoy!

  1. Surround yourself with creative people.Hang out with writers, musicians, poets and artists. Often, just being in a creative environment will inspire you and refresh your creative mind.
  2. Start somewhere.If you create a load of crap for a few pages, whether it’s creative writing in Word or sheet music, the brain loosens up and it’s easier to break through the barrier and come up with ideas.

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The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight | TEDxCoconutGrove [Video]

September 29th, 2017 Comments off

So much to say “YES” to in this talk and something that I have been trying to do in my own life over the last several years. — Douglas

The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight | TEDxCoconutGrove

The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight | TEDxCoconutGrove [Video]

Warning: Strong Language

The bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight, outlines her “NotSorry Method” to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do in her humorous talk.

After fifteen years working in New York City’s top publishing houses,Sarah Knight struck out on her own. Since then, her essay “I Quit My JobToday (And So Can You!)”- went viral, and her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do“, became a bestseller. The escape from corporate life and transformation into an “accidental anti-guru” continued when she and her husband moved to Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Sarah’s new book explains how to “Get Your Shit Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do.” Sarah graduated cum laude with a degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University.

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7 Questions That Lead to an ‘Aha Moment’, According to Research via Inc.

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Innovation isn’t just something that happens once or twice and then is forgotten until it is needed again. Innovation is something we need to do every day and in every way in our life and careers. Here are 7 questions that can reenergize your innovation thinking and help you build the best life, businesses and careers possible. — Douglas

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha Moment', According to Research via Inc.

At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?

Cracking the code on “aha moments” and creative epiphanies is a topic Stanford Start X innovation experts Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack explore in their latest book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking.

Turns out, it’s not magic — it’s neuroscience.

They say there’s a way to systemically tap cognitive processes that generate insights. It comes down to stimulating associative thinking, a process in which the brain pieces together disparate information to solve problems in unique ways using skills like questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting.

Read 7 Questions That Lead to an ‘Aha Moment’, According to Research via Inc.



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15 Things You Need to Know About Working Abroad Via The Muse

April 30th, 2017 Comments off

A lot of great information here for anyone who has ever contemplated working abroad. There are a lot of little things — and a few big things — to consider, but you could find it to be the most rewarding career possible. — Douglas

15 Things You Need to Know About Working Abroad Via The Muse

Having worked for a global company, I’m no stranger to watching friends take overseas roles. While working abroad isn’t in the cards for me anytime soon, you can bet that I live vicariously through their Instagram accounts.

Are you interested in joining them and taking an international job? I’ve sought out what you must know from people across various industries who have worked around the world. Here’s what they had to say.

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Tell Your Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap to play the latest episode of Career Opportunities

January 21st, 2017 Comments off

Do you have an Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap? Now you can listen to the latest episodes and clips of Career Opportunities just by asking.

Simply say “Alexa, play the podcast Career Opportunities” Alexa will confirm she heard you correctly and — if she found the right show — she’ll begin playing the most recent episode using the TuneIn Radio service.

You can skip to the next episode by saying “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, play the previous episode.

Enjoy!

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Noted: “Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.

Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. But meetings don’t have to be that way.

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Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force. They number 42 million, or one-third of all workers in the nation. That figure is expected to rise to 40% — some 60 million people — by the end of the decade.

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Noted: Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

Here's Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

In 2011, Canadian tech analyst Chris Umiastowski had a well-paying job at TD Securities.
But he decided he needed to leave. He writes on his blog:

By January 2011, the day I walked into my boss’ office to ask him to fire me, it was the culmination of 4 years of planning my departure.

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Noted: Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

However, over the past 10 years I’ve become less worried about speaking out about issues or decisions that don’t appear to make sense, and I believe achieving this mindset can help you in your career.

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work
You become more proactive, more influential, and gain more respect when you approach this in the right way. It also helps to relieve the mental stress of feeling powerless about issues in your work.

Having too many people unquestioningly agreeing with the status quo can cause issues for several reasons:

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