"Yahoo confirmed in a Sunday afternoon press release that CEO Scott Thompson will step down, effective immediately," writes Catherine Smith for the Huffington Post.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States and supreme commander of the Allied forces during World War II, said, "The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible."
I couldn't help but smile when I saw Michael Schrage's recent post: Projects Are the New Job Interviews, on HBR.com. "Resumes are dead. Interviews are largely ineffectual. Linkedin is good. Portfolios are useful," says the research fellow at MIT Sloan School's center for Digital Business. "But projects are the real future of hiring, especially knowledge worker hiring. No matter how wonderful your references or how well you do on those too-clever-by-half Microsoft/Google brainteasers, serious firms will increasingly ask serious candidates to do serious work in order to get a serious job offer."
According to Knowlege@Wharton, MetLife's recent 10th annual survey of employee benefits, trends and attitudes released a few months back shows employee loyalty at a seven year low. "One in three employees,the survey says, plans to leave his or her job by the end of the year." What's more, "According to a 2011 Careerbuilder.com report, 76% of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. Other studies show that each year, the average company loses anywhere from 20% to 50% of its employee base."
Wow. Wasn't it just a few months ago that we were all just happy to have a job?
There's a lot of talk about working in the "cloud" these days. If you're like me, you have some personal storage in the cloud, a handful of the apps you use every day are in the cloud and your company is always looking for new ways to work in the cloud.
Earlier this month, Mark Thiele suggested, "As an IT community we are still stuck in the past relative to the strategic nature of cloud. Many of us are looking at the adoption of cloud as just another technology, and are leaving the decisions on how to adopt, own, and manage the cloud up to engineers." Managing the cloud "...is not an engineering decision—it's a strategic one," says Thiele.
Last Spring while working in London, my colleagues and I spent one evening exploring the city and found ourselves in the Sunday evening crowds around Piccadilly Square. Wandering around, we came across a Haagen Dazs® ice cream shop and thought we’d order one of their delicious milk shakes. Like every other time we’ve been on the road and thought one of these delicious ice cream confections sounded good, the place was reasonably busy. We took our place in line (or the queue if your in England) and patiently waited our turn.
It wasn’t long before some self-important guy with fancy shoes bust in expecting his order to be taken—however he’d tried to enter at the wrong end of the queue. Upset that he had been ignored (while uttering a number of expletives) he stormed out frustrated that the person behind the counter had the nerve to expect him to take his place at the back of the line.