They are self-centered, petty, and proud. They demand instant results like a spoiled princess on her birthday. And they think their work is somehow more important than how they treat others. Yes, Silicon Valley Executives may change the world, but that doesn’t excuse them to act like kindergartners.
I finally dropped the bomb last week: 5 weeks notice to my employer before we head on our year-long journey to South America. (Surprise, Surprise!). What a load off my shoulders that was! There is no longer any need for pretenses.
There’s a certain satisfaction to leaving a job on your own terms. After years of being told what to do and how to do it, the tables are turned, for just a moment. I am now 2 weeks away from having that conversation once again.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared up at the glass-enclosed, diamond-encrusted C-suites of companies I’ve worked for, and wondered: “What the hell??? Seriously???” When you’re young and ambitious, you hope that your corporate executives are smart and capable captains of the ship,
Like a lot of folks, Elon Musk believes that artificial intelligence will bring social disruption, massive unemployment, and general dystopia. I say Mr. Musk is wrong. Now, I don’t mean to throw shade on one of the most successful business-fellas of our time.
When you’re in the trenches of Corporate America, sometimes you need to keep your seat belt buckled. Because you hear people say some pretty amazing shit. I need to document some of this stuff while I still can…
Multitasking is certainly one of the worst ideas to come out of corporate work culture in the last twenty years. I remember when I was in business school in 1999, multitasking was the big buzz word, I think mostly because nobody really understood what it meant.
One of my best friends from college, Bob, came over for dinner last week. We were discussing my plans to quit my job and take a Family Gap Year in South America, and he said something that really stuck with me.
A Clocksucker is someone who wastes time, usually unintentionally. They are particularly common in large companies. They steer projects in pointless directions. They hijack meetings with endless bloviating, and they write massive emails which nobody actually reads.
I used to work at one of the largest tech companies in the world. This company was filled with thousands upon thousands of highly educated, highly talented, highly paid (and highly micro-managed) engineers, lawyers, accountants, and more. It was a highly competitive work environment,
Having motivational issues at work? Are you a clock watcher? Or perhaps you know someone who is. OK, never mind, yes of course you know someone. They are in every organization. Most managers can’t stand clock watchers.