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Academic Politics Is So Vicious Because the Stakes Are So Small


I have had sufficient time now to reflect on my unfortunate odyssey into academic politics that I can now speak about it without emotion. I came and went in academics. I now realize this was because I sorely misunderstood academic politics and that I threatened some of my colleagues with my real-life management achievements. Then the politics and backstabbing became Shakespearean. It is water under the bridge now, but that does not make my experience any less painful. I learned that I loved teaching very much. Nothing is more apt about my experience than the quote, “academic politics is so vicious because the stakes are so small,” the origins of which I explore here with tongue firmly in my cheek.

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What Is The Point Of A University Degree, Anyway?


Years ago as a young buck, I sat on the university commons grass and pondered WTF it was all about. I made an immediate decision that I no longer cared what others thought of me. My mind would only be focused on things that were important to me. Secondly, I questioned the strict educational requirements for a degree and determined that I would focus on learning only from the very best professors on campus, and let the degree qualification chips fall where they may.

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UBC Faculty Joins Other Prestigious Universities Calling for Fossil Fuel Divestment


The University of British Columbia is following the lead of faculty and students at Harvard University, the University of California, Stanford University and many other universities across North America. Also of note, Norway’s sovereign investment fund, the largest in the World @ $1.3 Trillion, has already made the decision to divest. The current fossil fuel market collapse and likely long term instability is prima facie evidence of the need for divestment, and to prevent further increases in carbon emissions.

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Online Business Education? Harvard versus Stanford


Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School are adopting drastically different strategies for delivering business education. These differing strategies are reflected in the debate that has erupted between two of Harvard Business School’s best known professors and their visions for the future of business education, Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen. I have also been personally tire kicking MOOC’s, acting as a mentor for Stanford’s online Technology Entrepreneurship course, hosted by NovoEd. I have been pleasantly surprised by the experience, and among the teams I am mentoring is a group of Xerox senior research scientists acting as an entrepreneurial team.

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Believe It Or Not: Rituals and Superstition May Help You Ace A Job Interview


Baseball players, particularly pitchers, are known for being superstitious. These superstitions have been immortalized by characters like Pedro Cerrano, the Cuban center fielder and his doll Joboo, in the film Major League. Real life examples abound. But it now turns out that research has shown that following personal rituals may increase your self-confidence and actually help you ace a job interview or a big presentation.

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Connect… Then Lead: HBS Professor John Kotter


Harvard Business School Professor John P. Kotter Years ago I was invited to join a newly forming Intel marketing group comprised primarily of Ivy League MBA‘s, with a few of us Intel veterans thrown into the mix to create some cross-fertilization in the group. This was the famous period of Harvard MBA’s belief that they […]

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Memorable Commencement Speeches – Public Speaking At It’s Best


In honor to my UBC Management students graduating this month and early next month, I am posting this compilation of videos of commencement speeches. Yes, the Steve Jobs’ legendary Stanford commencement address is here (Jobs wore his trademark levi’s under his academic gown), but the others are equally compelling. The David Foster Wallace “What is Water?” speech is also here, but as a link to that video at the bottom of this post.

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In Memoriam: Aaron Swartz, Internet Activist, RSS Pioneer, and Co-Founder of Reddit


Aaron Swartz, Internet Visionary Has Left Us UPDATE Tweet from (Sir) Tim Berners-Lee on the death of Aaron Swartz”  “Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.” And the web wept. Today the blogosphere and media have […]

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