Steve Jobs, Whale Ships and Entrepreneurship

The Wall Street Journal once did a whole section devoted to the value of MBAs .  In an article titled, “Is an MBA Worth it?,” reporter Melissa Korn interviewed five students on the value of their degree.  While these students were generally positive about their degrees, she points out that companies are significantly reducing their hiring of MBAs of late in favor of their less educated and elitely sculpted brethren.  While the MBA may offer credibility across industries, may result in extra earnings, and should offer rich peer-level networking opportunities, corporations are becoming less sanguine about this accreditation–even among the most prestigious institutions like Wharton, HBS, CBS, Booth, Tuck, Kellogg, Fuqua, et. al.

Here’s a Really Crazy Idea for Completing a Major Work Project on Time

It sounds crazy, but the forced time on a plane for say ten hours or more will mean you will get the work done. (Plus, you might enjoy the overnight in a foreign city.) I once wrote four chapters of a book on a long flight to Vienna, writing two full chapters on the flight over and two full flights on the way back. If your project is mostly about you generating the materials you need–the marketing plan, the written text, the insights, the business plan for investors–then the flight will help you stay focused because there is nothing else you can do anyway on the flight.

70 Million Accounts Just Went Poof on Twitter. Then This Happened

In fact, there’s a growing perception that Twitter is really just the purview of celebrities, trolls, famous people, politicians, and journalists like myself. Ask the average knowledge worker in an office about Twitter and you might get a blank stare. It’s not how we connect with other people (e.g., Facebook), it’s not how we share photos (e.g., Instagram), it’s not how we send direct messages (e.g., Snapchat), and it’s not how we find a job or connect with coworkers (e.g., LinkedIn).

How to Expand Your Company to New Locations Without Being Disruptive

While consumers are one consideration for retail or service-based operations, all types of businesses have to factor in the talent available. “If you’re solving for rapid growth, the talent pool is obviously critical,” Evans explains. “Speak to local recruitment firms in the area about employee profiles. They often have prepackaged analyses about specific roles and talent pools in the area, and they can be invaluable in helping you discern between locations.”

This Army Colonel Is Showing Large Enterprises How To Innovate Like Lean Startups

The Rapid Equipping Force (REF) got its start when Bruce Jette, an Army Colonel with a PhD in solid state physics from MIT, was in the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army (VCSA) and saw a photo of a soldier clearing a cave in Afghanistan. The VCSA said “Look, Bruce, brave soldier,”  to which Jette retorted, “Yes, sir. Brave soldier, stupid army.”