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Words from the Wise One

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Bill Gates

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here’s some advice. Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually
have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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The Ultimate Rejection Letter

In Humour FROM

Herbert A. Millington

Chair – Search Committee

412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University

College Hill, MA  34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16.  After careful consideration, I

regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me

an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually

large number of rejection letters.  With such a varied and promising field

of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in

rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at

this time.  Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor

in your department this August.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Sincerely,

Chris L. Jensen

Why MySpace is Not a Work Skill

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Words to ponder from What Would Dad Say

Why What You Learned in College Doesn’t Work Well @ Work.

Our sales leader, Paul Moquist, is the best sales manager and trainer around. Over the years, I have seen him teach countless young people about sales. It is not uncommon for ex-employees to look him up years after working for him and relate their successes. He is like  the English Literature  teacher you had in high school who had a lasting impact on you.

Anyway…he had an interesting topic yesterday in his daily training session. I will try to paraphrase it here because I think it is relevant to others, too.

In college, he said, you go there to learn lifetime type skills and knowledge that will make you a prepared, contributing citizen. Even so, most people graduate without a clear pathway to a job.

What you do learn in college are how to play video games, use Facebook, MySpace and InstantMessaging. I think it is fair to say that for a lot of college people today, these four things occupy a significant part of their activities. It is fun, it’s a way to maintain contacts with new and old friends…it’s entertainment, even. But it was learned at college, in large degree. Keep in mind, that you were paying for college.

So, now fast forward a few years. You are just getting started at work. Let’s say you are lucky to find a company with a good product line, and a training program for you. This company is now paying you to learn more about their version of ‘work.’ It’s not like college where you paid them, and you chose to practice your MySpace layout skills. This new company of yours is now paying you…and teaching you how to do better work, with the end goal, of course, to make you a contributing employee.

But you learned these other skills in your recent past – the my space instant messaging hey dude my turn at halo – type skills. And it is awfully hard to break these habits.

Just try to remember that these are not work skills. Your mastery of them won’t help you much later. Think about the other things you could be learning and try to stop the addiction while there is still time. Tivo ahead to when you are forty years old, do you want to be a master at MySpace and have more friends than even Tom…or do you want to have some other skills too?

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50 Most influential Management Thinkers

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Who is the world’s most influential living management thinker?
That was the simple question that inspired the original Thinkers 50 in
2001. The result was the first ever global ranking of business gurus.
The all-new Thinkers 50 2007 (www.thinkers50.com) is the most
comprehensive and fascinating ranking yet.
Produced by Suntop Media, in association with Skillsoft, it is the
definitive bi-annual guide to which thinkers and ideas are in – and
which are past their corporate sell by date.
So what do the 2007 rankings show? Who are the most influential
management thinkers in an increasingly global business world? And
who, among them, is the number one?
In 2005, Harvard heavyweight Michael Porter inherited the crown
from the late great Peter Drucker. But would he keep his place at the
top in this year’s Thinkers 50? Now we know.
THE GURU AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID
The most influential living management guru in the world is CK
Prahalad. Prahalad is the first Indian-born thinker to claim the title.
Best known for his work with Gary Hamel (ranked 5th) on resourcebased
strategy, which gave rise to the term core competences, more
recently, Prahalad has turned his attention to the plight of the world’s
poor. In The Bottom of the Pyramid, his 2004 book, he argues that
capitalism can be the engine to eradicate poverty.

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50 Who have made it

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  NameCK PRAHALAD (3)Bill GATES (2)Alan GREENSPAN (35)

Michael PORTER (1)

Gary HAMEL (14)

Chan KIM & Renée MAUBORGNE (15)

Tom PETERS (4)

Jack WELCH (5)

Richard BRANSON (11)

Jim COLLINS (6)

Philip KOTLER (7)

Robert KAPLAN & David NORTON (22)

Kjell NORDSTRÖM & Jonas RIDDERSTRÅLE (9)

Charles HANDY (10)

Stephen COVEY (18)

Henry MINTZBERG (8)

Thomas A. STEWART (13)

Malcolm GLADWELL (31)

Lynda GRATTON (34)

Donald Trump (-)

Scott ADAMS (12)

Ram CHARAN (24)

Vijay GOVINDARAJAN (31)

Warren BENNIS (27)

Clayton CHRISTENSEN (21)

Thomas FRIEDMAN (-)

Kenichi OHMAE (16)

Rosabeth MOSS KANTER (19)

Steve JOBS (-)

John KOTTER (-)

Jeff IMMELT (-)

Rob GOFFEE & Gareth JONES (45)

Adrian SLYWOTSKY (-)

Marshall GOLDSMITH (-)

Bill GEORGE (-)

Larry BOSSIDY (48)

Daniel GOLEMAN (42)

Marcus BUCKINGHAM (-)

Howard GARDNER (-)

Edward DE BONO (20)

Al GORE (-)

David ULRICH (-)

Seth GODIN (-)

Costas MARKIDES (49)

Rakesh KHURANA (33)

Richard D’AVENI (-)

Peter SENGE (23)

Chris ARGYRIS (28)

Jeffrey PFEFFER (-)

Chris ZOOK (-)

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The Real Ten Best Law Schools

There is a humorous article  written by Brandt Goldstein. It describes the law schools in lighter vein. Says the article:

The rankings are founded on a ridiculously narrow idea of what a “good” law school is. In all honesty, what really determines which institution you choose as a place of study for three years and an alma mater for the rest of your life? I’m not sure I can name all the factors, but I know this: the number of books in the law library (factored in by the U.S. News ranking) did not help me decide whether to check the “accept” box. How many books can you read in law school, for crying out loud? In fact, how many law-related books do you want to read? Four? Two?

So I ask: What about the things we really care about? What about the attractiveness of our future classmates? What about beach front property? What about sex? People, it’s time for a different ranking. So here’s my own list of the Top Ten law schools. It’s arbitrary. Its capricious. And its a lot more accurate and useful than anything you’re going to find in print.

The author describes the following law schools with a caution from the editor that it is all in humor and not meant to be taken seriously.

10.University of Colorado at Boulder

9.University of Miami, Florida

8.The University of Minnesota

7.Duke (tie)

7.North Carolina (tie)

5. Michigan-Ann Arbor

4. Harvard

3.Stanford

2.Concord Law School. Torts and contracts, Internet-style. 

1.Pepperdine

For the explanation of the Rankings go to Find Law

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The Year 2017

In it’s latest issue Forbes Magazine predicts the future of education and other important things affecting our lifestyle.
About education it’s staff reporter ” Maureen Farrell”  predicts 5 future trends in USA education
The Big Trend – the microsoft 
initiation into public schools will be a trensetter.
The Unconventional Wisdom – Top schools like( Ivies )- may also have to use innovative ways to get bright students.
The Misplaced Assumption – Testing–both in lower grades and the SATs–will become less relevant barometers of achievement.
The Watch List – Corporations will follow Microsoft example of investing in public education and gain business development
The Bold Prediction  – Teachers will be paid on merit.