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Passion or Work Ethic? Which Comes First?

Steve Farber

My good friend and work-ethic expert, Eric Chester , (author of the fantastic Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce ) recently shared with me his perspective on the relationship between passion and work. Passion doesn’t fuel work ethic; work ethic fuels passion. He has still improved his reputation for adding value to a job, made himself more hirable, and developed his work ethic in the process.

How Military Veterans Can Turn Their Skills into a Corporate Career

Harvard Business

Transitioning from a military career to the corporate world can be a fraught process for the nearly 360,000 U.S. In addition to networking their way into new professional circles and learning new cultural mores, veterans have to face down the even more fundamental questions: what career will best suit them? “I felt very intimidated” by undergraduate classmates who had gone into more traditional corporate careers, he told me. Do you have a strong work ethic?’”

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Trust Issues

Coaching Tip

Surveys and statistics abound: only 22% of the public trust government.only 10% of employees trust management.50% of a class is suspected of cheating. They reward unfavorable behaviors, while operating with myopic interests and escalating bureaucracy. Two Leadership Self-Coaching Guides for Career Women. Books Business Coaching Career Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness What is Work life

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn Irony into Opportunity

In the CEO Afterlife

Not too long ago, a business professor friend invited me to address a luncheon of university students enrolled in his class on entrepreneurship. My class needs a perspective on entrepreneurship within the corporation — if that really exists.”. My friend’s students saw themselves as entrepreneurial thinkers, yet at graduation, most of them will begin their careers in a corporation. Several, such as Trump, still operate by the brain and muscle ethic.

Statesman vs. Politician | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

This is the distinction between what he terms the 'Character Ethic' vs the 'Personality Ethic' The prior depends on deep changes within each of us including our view of creating a legacy for future generations. No one could credibly argue that our political leadership is anywhere near the same class as the Founders' era.

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The Big Picture of Business- Professional Education Necessary for Company Success

Strategy Driven

Organizations of all sizes must have the Think Tank.which delineates future operations, including education and training. Test scores, grades, class rankings, GPA, SAT, professional certifications, licensing examinations, juried awards. Training, professional enrichment, membership in associations and constructive business interaction are vital for career longevity and economic independence. Professional education is an important ingredient in corporate development.

Diversity & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In evaluating any relationship in the value chain I’m looking for value, talent, performance, leverage, efficiency, economy of scale, work ethic, integrity, character, discipline and many other traits irrespective of your skin color, age, etc. A sense of entitlement is not a substitute for work ethic and a desire to achieve. As a member of the the class white men in business you are part of a privileged group that long ago set the criteria for success and excellence.

The Big Picture of Business: The Colonel and Me

Strategy Driven

He told me that I must think like a world-class visionary, grow into the role and not just remain a radio DJ. It occupied one counter at 2-J’s Hamburgers, an established Austin restaurant, owned and operated by Ralph Moreland. ” KFC was a watershed in my career (at that point 21 years long). Ethics cannot be edicted from afar. The ethical conduct of business has a direct relationship on the ability to grow and prosper.).

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In addition, because of the successive generations entering the workforce, rising education levels, globalization, the flattening of organizations, and an increased willingness to change careers and companies, employees have come to understand they can add more value doing meaningful work. So understanding what constitutes effective followership and then exhibiting those behaviors can help improve a person’s career prospects.

The Swedish CEO Who Runs His Company Like a CrossFit Gym

Harvard Business

They struggle to see how their labor contributes directly to the performance of the corporation, or how it helps the progress of their career. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by some leaders, and a new generation of CEOs taking a cue from this last bastion of the Protestant work ethic. Last fall, we joined Bunge and his employees for “sports hour,” a mandatory fitness class for all employees every Friday between 11 and noon. eclipse_images/Getty Images.

The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

Ethical leadership was also mentioned. Others emphasized that strategic thinking also calls for the ability to execute a vision, which one respondent called “operating savvy” and another defined as “a high standard in execution.” A world-class leader must be able to hire and develop an exceptionally strong leadership team—he/she cannot succeed as a brilliant one-person player,” one asserted. One said that hiring companies want “unquestioned ethics.”

Who’s Running Your Business in China?

Harvard Business Review

And that means providing world-class training, clear and lucrative career paths and, increasingly, a work-life balance that allows people to enjoy the fruits of their success. Today, as chairman of APCO Worldwide’s China operations , I have a deep view into the China operations of dozens of multinationals, and through that I can see that management in China is going through yet another phase. The work ethic of Chinese employees is still fierce.

Meet the New Face of Diversity: The “Slacker” Millennial Guy

Harvard Business Review

It’s simply not possible to work 90 hours a week and see to your own basic needs – much less support someone else’s career. Iron Men live for the operating room, dismiss post-op care as boring, scorn rest (“I am hardcore and I need no sleep!”), and brag that a surgical residency program has a 110 percent divorce rate (“Guys would come in married, get divorced, get remarried, and get divorced again”).