A college degree has always been perceived as being valuable. Besides the prestige, it usually brings lower unemployment rates and higher wages. And many studies have been conducted like this one at the Washington Post, which states that “Going to college is worth it – even if you drop out”! They reinforce the notion that over one’s lifetime a college degree is worth dramatically more to the recipient, than not graduating college. But is it?
Think the Snowden problem is limited to secret government groups as the NSA, and can’t happen to you? Then you have not learned the many lessons that apply to every organization. Think again!
The Snowden problem resulted in catastrophic reputation and intellectual property damage to his employer. Either this employee was a brilliant hire who lost faith and trust in his own organization, or he was a terrible hire who had access to far too much. Both of those possibilities can occur in any organization. - Read More -
Running From The Truth is the title of a book, recently published by my teenage daughter, Elise Shivamber. She and her sister, have made us so proud over the years, they are the subject of the first piece I wrote on this new blog. You can find that piece here: Proud.
Running From The Truth started as an essay Elise wrote in the eight grade of her high school in Florida. Her sister and friends read the essay, loved it, and begged her to keep writing more. She kept writing and they kept reading and asking for more. She had a complete story before the end of the school year. Her sister cried when she read the complete work. Elise kept editing and refining, and finally published the book on July 1 this year, while on vacation in France.
Your customers are much smarter than you imagine. They control businesses through the power of their purchasing decisions. They decide the direction of successful and failed products and services. With customers, the company flourishes, and without them, dies. So, if you expect to stay in business, you have to understand what customers need over time.