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Here’s How To Get A Job At Facebook….


…Or any other hot company in Silicon Valley… I have told my UBC Management students this story. It has been repeated over and over since then. The story this morning from Business Insider and SF Gate, the blog of The San Francisco Chronicle serves to underscore just how tough the competition is in Silicon Valley. […]

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Why I stopped teaching


We all have our own reasons why we stopped teaching. Some are voluntary, others involuntary. John Beck discusses many of the uncomfortable issues of evaluation and faculty politics that get in the way of the joy of teaching

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What Is The Most Important Leadership Quality?… Humility


I personally have seen in my past career, and personally experienced how simple humility is a key characteristic of leadership. This may seem counter-intuitive but it is not. People are drawn to the charisma of a leader who is also simply humble, and who appreciates the values of those he or she leads. A leader like that can get subordinates to follow them anywhere. I think there may even be an inverse relationship in human behavior between hubris, and leadership success. By that I mean that the more arrogant and overbearing a person, the more insecure he may actually be, and therefore less successful in the subjective art of leadership.

In a bizarre sequence of events this week, I have yet again witnessed someone literally self-destruct as a leader due to their failure to exhibit simple humility and to be aware of other stakeholders, whose support or not, could make or break the leader.. Successful leadership is a fragile thing, a subjective human experience. I have written about this phenomenon previously on this blog.

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast


    Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast Next Story Reblogged from TechCrunch Editor’s note: Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.  I used to think […]

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13 Best Tech Companies For Internships, According to Their Interns


No part of the tech job market is more insane than the fight for interns. A few of my UBC Faculty of Management students have recently been very fortunate to land internship jobs with excellent high tech firms based both in Silicon Valley and in the Lower Mainland. The more industrious and resourceful UBC students should use these network connections to compete for their dream internship or first job.

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The Silicon Valley Jerk Conundrum


Most people probably have no idea who Jeanette Symons was as a person, or even her name. Yet, she became one of Silicon Valley’s most famous entrepreneurs. She tragically died in the crash of her Lear Jet with her adopted son, some years ago. She is right up there with Steve Jobs in terms of her accomplishments, her intellect, and her utterly horrible personality. I worked for Jeanette. This article from the San Francisco Chronicle is an excellent exploration of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and the “a**hole” conundrum of their eccentricities that can also make them highly successful. There has also been a recent major controversy about SV entrepreneurs arrogance and insensitivity to others. This is definitely NOT Canadian. My fear is that Canadians are not prepared for it. My students know that I have experienced this personally in my Silicon Valley career numerous times, most notably with the late Jeanette of Ascend Communications, who was a notorious asshole like Steve Jobs. Not easy to reconcile it, other than to live with it.

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Why Success Breeds Success: The Science of “The Winner Effect”


This is an area of animal and human behavior that has absolutely fascinated me. I believe that I have experienced this in my own life and career. If you simply believe strongly and achieve, the next round will become an even easier hurdle to climb. It is one of those things that seems to defy objective explanation.

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How To Answer The Dreaded “What is your biggest weakness?” Question


For my UBC students facing tough interviews, here is some serious advice on how to answer the dreaded “What is your biggest weakness? question. Reblogged from Forbes… 1/21/2013 @ 2:35PM |191,470 views How To Answer The Dreaded ‘What Is Your Biggest Weakness’ Interview Question Posture to counteract weakness and enhance blood flow to the brain (Photo […]

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“So Do You Have Any Questions for Me?”


Joel Peterson, Stanford Business School Professor, and Chairman of JetBlue Airways, is the author of the LinkedIn post below. My MGMT 481 Strategy students will recall his YouTube lecture on corporate culture shown to our class.   In this piece, Professor Peterson emphasizes the importance of preparing in advance for your interviews, and responding intelligently […]

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More Pressure on Telecommuting: Now It’s Hewlett-Packard


As the pressure on struggling Silicon Valley companies Yahoo, and now Hewlett-Packard have increased, the pressure on telecommuting has increased. Now, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard has joined Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer in calling HP’s telecommuting employees back to work. The problem seems to be that telecommuting employees are now being perceived like recipients of food stamps and welfare: freeloaders taking advantage of corporations, being less productive and costing corporations more than they are worth.

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