Is Peter Thiel Misguiding Young Entrepreneurs?

The venture capitalist wants kids to skip college and companies to stop listing degrees as a job requirement. But will it work? Flickr/thekenyeung Looking to hire someone without a college degree? One Silicon Valley investor thinks you should. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who has backed some of the Valley’s most successful start-ups, has recently been…

10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself

So this is an interesting article, simply because I am sure a large percentage of people would be ‘guilty’ of using some of the words described in this article! Of course, you may disagree with Jeff’s view, but its worth a second thought… dont you think? – Faheem   When other people use these words…

A Top Employee Quit: 5 Lessons Learned

Spend time recruiting the right people. Then spend just as much time making sure you keep them. iStock When an employee leaves Beryl Health–voluntarily or involuntarily–I generally believe it’s the right thing for both parties. But when we recently lost one of our top project managers–a stand-out employee, and someone I thought would stay much…

Do you ask your boss for permission?

You have this really wonderful idea but: A.) It’s a little bit out of the ordinary, so the traditional way you go about getting approvals is not going to work. B.) Your boss has previously shown signs of being “risk adverse.” How do you get the go-ahead? The first answer is don’t ask — at…

Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown Leonard A. Schlesinger is the president of Babson College. Charles F. Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to the New York Times. They are the coauthors of Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future (HBR Press…

How to Write a Résumé That Doesn’t Annoy People

A Google search for “résumé” results in over 178,000,000 hits, whereas “possum” nets only 5,340,000. Thus the documentation of work experience is 33 and 1/3 more popular than arboreal marsupials. But what does this really tell us? Not much, but neither does the average résumé that comes across my desk. Some excerpts: “Administered resolution of…