I was at dinner the other day with some friends, and we were discussing careers when someone asked me what it feels like to be an entrepreneur. It feels odd to be called that, but after more than a year of running my own business with Matboard And More while also facilitating and expanding OES I suppose it’s a fair classification.
I love being an entrepreneur, I just wasn’t sure if I lived up to title. I have always admired and respected those individuals who were able to craft a niche in the world by creating something out of nothing and in the process add substantial value to the world. I feel like I’m on that path now and it’s incredibly exciting.
There is a school of thought that is quickly gaining steam, which says the MBA is useless. I really enjoyed reading this particular article on the topic. Technology has enabled people all across the world, particularly with the ability to start up their own business. Apps, social media, blogs, online marketplaces and various other technologies have made it incredibly easy to create a business. Business is fast, sexy and accessible.
The MBA brand seems to defy that. When people think MBA, they think corporate, they think suits, they think Finance, HR and Marketing. Traditional. Corporate.
Guest blog by Sean Conrad.
Goal management is about more than just annually assigning goals and reviewing employee performance. It’s about getting every employee to use and develop their talents, skills and experience to help your organization meet its overarching goals.
I was recently having coffee with a former colleague of my mine, one that I hadn’t spoken to in about a year. I always love those meetings because suddenly you are re-capping your past year and as you listen to yourself speak you begin to realize either, A) I just wasted a year, or B) what a great year, this sounds really cool!
Whoever decided we work 5 days a week, from 9 to 5, then get 2 days off and go back at it again is a real jerk. We work way more than we don’t work, and we do it in a constrained, structured way that makes finding balance nearly impossible. I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life right now, and how much has changed from just a few years ago. I’m loving it because I am on my way to being freed of the dependency and comfort of a corporate job. First, let’s look at my life in 2010.
I’m a little late to the party, but I still thought it would be nice to recap 2012 with OES. I started this blog in the summer and it’s been a great source of learning, fun and success for me in 2012. I wanted to share a few of the posts that really took off and have become very special to me.
My introduction to Semco and Ricardo Semler has provided the inspiration for me to start my own businesses and one day create an organization that can replicate the democratic, fun and energizing workplace at Semco.
This was my first post to go big, with thousands of hits. I received great feedback from colleagues, alumni and strangers which helped spur me to keep writing.
I really enjoyed writing this post because it helped solidify and clarify how important values are in business. I first heard Simon Sinek’s speech on the power of WHY last Winter, and it really stuck with me. I now believe understanding and communicating our values and purpose is critical in business and personal success.
Disclaimer, Organizational Effectiveness Solutions is a Strategic Alliance Partner with Ascentii, so I am a little biased, but let me tell you why I’ve decided to join their team. Resumes are useless and antiquated, and Ascentii offers a disruptive technology that will revolutionize recruitment at a fraction of the cost.