Category Archives: Career

Video: Three Things All Good Bosses Do

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A good boss can make a big difference. But what makes a good boss? Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor of Economics Kathryn Shaw found good bosses use similar strategies and have a lasting positive impact on their employee’s careers. Here’s how they do it.

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Video: Negotiating the Nonnegotiable

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From the founder and director of The Harvard International Negotiation Program comes a guide to successfully resolving your most emotionally charged conflicts. In this landmark book, world-renowned negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro presents a groundbreaking, practical method to reconcile your most contentious relationships and untangle your toughest conflicts.

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Video: Better Living Through Criticism

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My old man must have been on to something…

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics–himself included–can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn’t, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.

Using his own film criticism as a starting point–everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar’s animated Ratatouille–Scott expands outward, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovich and ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn.’ Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. “The time for criticism is always now,” Scott explains, “because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away.”

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Video: How to Be a Virtual Meeting Hero

sn_meeting_Samuel Zeller

What are the benefits of holding virtual meetings? They are cheaper, provide easier access to content, and allow participants to multitask. In this video, you’ll learn tips for how to better prepare, execute, and handle the aftermath of a virtual meeting.

And yes, these Stanford kids are a little obsessed with promotions.

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SourceCast: Episode 15: If you want it good, it takes time

sn_fence_Pierre Rougier

I am taking a break from IBM this week as Microsoft’s cloud activities have captured my attention. From there, I talk about the issues companies are having with business intelligence and expanding features and ease of use with the cost of those improvements.

Improvements come in different ways, and from a career perspective, this podcast discusses indirect ways of improving your reports and presentations while attempting to advance your career.

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