Business & Education

Today's College Students: Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic?

Are today’s college students really as “self-absorbed” and “narcissistic” as increasing numbers of people claim? Since broad generalizations, especially negative ones, are especially easy to make, much harder to prove and typically offered to gratify the one making them, I typically assume that they are always gross over-statements at least, and often altogether false. Typically. Events unfolding at Oklahoma Wesleyan University however, have got me thinking about the possibility that there may be at least more underlying truth in people’s concerns about college student culture than I tend to see. It all......

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Student Activism at Yale: Rethinking What Is Worthy of Our Outrage

Are you following the drama of the costume scandal transpiring at Yale University? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry but something is off on our campuses. Here is the story in a nutshell. Thirteen Yale administrators co-signed a pre-Halloween letter, advising students on how to dress for Halloween so as not to offend their fellow students. The committee’s email acknowledged that students “definitely have a right to express themselves,” but hoped they would “actively avoid those circumstances that threaten our sense of community or disrespects, alienates or ridicules segments of......

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Improving the World Is a Team Sport: Must-Read Quotes

What do you get when 32 remarkable people – all passionate, purpose-driven innovators transforming our social-cultural systems – tell their stories in the most intimate and inspiring ways to some 500 innovation junkies who know improving the world is a team sport? The BIF2015 Collaborative Innovation Summit: a two-day magical mix of creativity, compassion, character (and characters) and community. Having been privileged to speak at the last two Business Innovation Factory summits, I went to Providence, Rhode Island, last week to attend strictly as a participant, though there are no mere participants......

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Let's Talk About Free Speech

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, regents at the University of California-Berkeley declined to enact a proposed policy known as a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.” It was a wise move, because the statement itself was an attempt to legislate away what we can only resolve with real relationships and dialogue. Maybe there’s a role for those kinds of rules, about what a person can and can’t say, but we’d all do well to ask, “How will we commit to speaking to each other, about the most divisive......

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Amazon's Toxic Workplace: Is a Fix Right on Our Doorstep?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Despite being a company that doesn’t actually net much profit, Amazon has grown to infiltrate the lives of millions of Americans, who rely on the online shopping portal regularly for goods delivered quickly to our offices and homes. As consumers, what can we do about the disturbing new flood of allegations about the toxic culture inside Jeff Bezos’ company? It’s only responsible to ask: “How do we navigate through radically innovative and novel business settings?” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.......

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Reinvention as a Life Skill

Ask any group of people if they’re doing today what they thought they’d be doing when they started out. I begin every speech that way; occasionally, a few people in the audience raise their hands (very few). Almost everyone will readily admit that they’ve had to reinvent themselves, multiple times over, in their lives and careers. And yet, if you ask how they did it, or if formal education prepared them for reinvention, you get mostly blank stares. You hear answers like: I just did it because I had to. Most people......

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