Adventures at 5 am: An Exercise/Writing Routine
I dubbed my previous attempt at focusing on reading, writing, and exercise as the “me hour.” I woke at 6 am–an hour before anyone else in the house–in order to give myself uninterrupted reading, writing, and exercise time. And after some fits and starts, I can say that I have honored that hour almost every…
How Will You Measure Your Life?
Articles about finding purpose in your life are a dime a dozen. And most of them are too disjointed from reality to be valuable.“How Will You Measure Your Life?” is different (registration required). The Harvard Business Review published Clayton Christensen’s adaptation of a speech that he gave to the Harvard Business School MBA Class of…
Why MBAs Suck at Networking
MBA students and alumni may have the most to gain from networking, but most of them suck at it. Why? My own business school and professional experience has shown me four reasons MBAs suck at networking. They don’t do it: Many MBAs don’t think they need to network because they are going to a top…
The Me Hour
I remember meeting someone a couple years ago who had a great tradition with his wife. They got up early every morning, made a pot of coffee, and sat together watching the sunrise. I don’t know what they discussed, if anything, but that investment in yourself or your relationship can’t be a bad thing. The…
How to bomb an interview before you’ve started
I’ve been working with several Master of Management Studies students from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to help them prepare for the job search process. Most of the students in this one-year program have recently graduated from college and have little to no work experience. Thus, these students have little experience interviewing for jobs. That’s where alumni like…
Recent post featured in UNC Health Care’s Well magazine
UNC Health Care asked to use my recent post about our family’s experience with excellent customer service at N.C. Children’s Hospital in their quarterly magazine Well. You can see the Spring 2011 issue with the post–and a charming picture of my three-year-old–here.
Excellent customer service at a hospital? Yes.
Recently, my wife and I spent six nights in the hospital with our newborn son who was admitted for a respiratory infection. Thankfully, we brought him home, healthy, a few days ago. We also brought home an overwhelmingly positive view of our experiences with all of those we encountered at the NC Children’s Hospital, part…
Why I’m an optimist
I’m happy to see this recent research in the MIT Sloan Management Review that confirms one of my long-held beliefs about the power of optimism, especially in the job search. Interestingly, I took part in this research when I was at Fuqua from 2005-2007. This research complements a recent blog post by Anthony Tjan in the Harvard…
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