Archive for the ‘Workplace’ Category

Living in Limbic Limbo

Did you know that just being aware that you have an unread e-mail  message can reduce your IQ by up to 10 points?  That texting can be addictive?  That we store information in a different, less permanent part of our brains when we divide our attention?  A thought-provoking article in The Guardian sheds new light on the allure of multitasking: The part of our brain we need to stay on task is itself easily distracted, and actually rewards us for getting sidetracked.  But there is a price to pay for trading “the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort” for such frequent empty rewards: not only are we not getting as much done, we are compromising our own well-being with metabolic costs, anxiety, and diminished decision skills.  I’d tell you more, but I just got a text…

Perks Pack a Punch

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an update on a Silicon Valley touchstone: lavish employee perks.  Now that the tech job market is so tight, perks have moved from from niceties to musts. They now account for “easily” 15% of salaries, and many companies have staff devoted to providing them.  Are they worth it?  This article questions the ROI and traces the practice back to SV’s earliest roots: Hewlett-Packard, which in the 1950s provided then-radical perks like flex hours and stock options.  Makes you wonder whether mediation, meals, and massages will be de rigueur a few decades from now.  

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Faculty Book Talk – Mon 11/17 – Oyer’s Roadside MBA

Please join us for another Faculty Book Talk on the Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives & Small Business Owners. Authored by GSB Professor Paul Oyer, Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer,

Join us for a midday book talk at the Library. Hear Paul Oyer speak about Roadside MBA and enjoy light refreshments on the Library’s 4th floor.

Paul Oyer Book Talk
November 17, 2014
Board Room
4th floor Bass Center

Great Books. Great Room.
This popular event series is designed to showcase faculty publications and encourage GSB community interaction and engagement. The Library’s beautiful  fourth floor sets the scene for an inviting yet informal book talk, Q&A, and reception. All GSB students, staff, faculty & alumni are welcome. 

Happy Workplace = Happy Bottom Line

Mark C. Crowley has written a series of articles for Fast Company dedicated to understanding the movement to create “great workplaces” In this article he explains why keeping employees happy is good for the bottom line. To prove his point he points to Jerome Dodson a portfolio manager for the Parnassus Workplace Fund, a mutual fund that invests exclusively in companies regarded by employees as great places to work. Over the past eight years, the Workplace Fund has had an average return of 9.63%–more than 4% higher than the S&P 500 index in the same time period. “What these companies have proved to Wall Street,” says Dodson, “is that treating employees well, and truly respecting them, consistently leads to far better business performance.”

Competency Curse: Professional Growth vs Static Expert

We often strive to be the experts in our career fields and/or particular job responsibilities. But does this limit career growth and trajectory? Today’s WSJ article  discusses the “competency curse” and how to break out of the cycle. For additional professional development tips, browse our news websites

Warren Bennis (1925-2014)

Warren Bennis, noted author on leadership, died Thursday at the age of 89. A professor at the University of Southern California for more than three decades, Bennis was the author of more than 30 books. As a consultant he provided advice to corporate figures, such as Howard Shultz of Starbucks, as well as American presidents like John F Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. As a boy Bennis saw his father summarily dismissed from his job and grasped the power of organizations and their impact on lives; this set him on the path of exploring organizational behavior and leadership. He was also influenced by his experiences in World War II.

It’s Internship season!

With many first year MBA students now off to summer internships, two articles that surfaced this week make worthy reading: this one quoting Jack Welch on using the opportunity to show what you can do, and this one on the perks Silicon Valley interns enjoy.

Congratulations to all of our graduates this weekend, and first years (make that second years, as of now), have a great summer!


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