In this LinkedIn post Dave Kerpen lists the answers 17 young entrepreneurs gave to the question "What's the worst thing you've ever been told." The common theme among the answers is that these "bosses" expect their employees to be highly motivated to do their job and beyond, but their answers general lack in explaining how they keep their staff motivated. Most of them don't sound like good bosses to me. From their answers some additional (bad) business advice can be garnered.
- Make business decisions (such as hiring and firing) based on rumours.
- Expect your employees to be mind-readers (or at least, expect them to know what's important to do without telling them).
- Be deaf and blind to problems.
- Don't appreciate the people that want to do the boring jobs.
- Don't explain business decisions to employees who have to carry out the tasks.
- Expect all your employees to be highly motivated self-starters.
- Expect people to perform above their skill and comfort level.
- Don't accept disagreement.
- Don't accept mere followers.
- Don't accept negative feedback.
- Ignore employees' doubts.
- Don't respect that people have a life outside their job.
I thought you weren't supposed to lie on LinkedIn; it's like your online resumé, and you're nor supposed to lie on that. But at least two people I'm connected with say something that doesn't ring true to me and with a third I have a difference of opinion on what her job title should be (a PhD-student that teaches a class is not called an assistant professor. No, not abroad either. They are called teaching assistants, or teaching fellows at best.)
The other two are equally mind-boggling. A friend says in her summary, among other things, that she is introvert. Which doesn't seem like a good selling point in a resumé, plus in her case, it isn't true. I know, people behave differently among friends than among strangers (I'm one of those), but the stories she tells about having falling outs with people she has just started working with, are not the kind of stories that you'd expect from an introvert person. They generally don't speak their mind so openly to their new acquaintances.
The last is a person that just added "Scientific writing" as one of his skills. Now, I've read his manuscript for a book on Esoterica. Scientific is not a epitaph I would use. He's not critical enough of his own writing for that. Or analytical enough, or showed signs of being able to separate important stuff from the not so important stuff. Actually, I don't think I found anything in his manuscript that I would call scientific. I wrote a column about two lines in his manuscript about science and believe and argued that he made a statement (about science having a belief) that he posited without giving backing to his claim, and that we as readers were just supposed to take his word for things because he said so. Really, not very scientific.
It seems that sensible people think I do a good and important job at work, and that I should get to keep my job / get a contract renewal in September.
This is good news.
Sadly, it's not clear whether there are sensible people working in the places where descisions are made.
Phising e-mails are getting more scarry. Usually I'm mostly baffled that people could fall for such a badly spelled invitation supposedly coming from their bank. But today I got an e-mail that was mostly in correct spelling and grammar and called attention to the problem of internet security. It looked very much like something a bank would actually send out. Except for the part where banks still send out all their official notifications on paper (and probally for a long time yet to come, due to all this phising) and I don't have banking business with this particular bank.
I can imagine people are going to fall for this phising mail.
It is said that these days the way to find jobs is through your social network. Last Thursday I got a LinkedIn update that also included a job vacancy that I found rather appealing. So this Sunday I updated my CV and wrote a motivation and applied for the job.
On Monday I received a reject. Oh well, I thought and filled the e-mail in the appropriate folder.
Then today I got a phone call that I had received the rejection by mistake. The company wants to interview me. Yay me. I'll wait for their confirmation e-mail before I start telling family.
But still, yay me.
Why do there seem to be more negative mood themes than positive?
- Current Mood: jubilant
Article in the newspaper announced someone speaking about the introduction of THE PILL 50 years ago. LJ speaks of supporting Planned Parenthood.
Can I give moral support? Paraphrase some thoughts from the article: "Better hygiene, food and health care meant that more children survived into adulthood. So less children were needed [to have some to take care of their parents in old age]. And you see that parents want to invest in children that live longer. Give them an education. That's easier to afford with fewer children." (Birthrate dip started about 70 years before introduction of the Pill.) And "We are happy with our smaller families and longer lives."
Smaller families, better education, better jobs, better incomes, happier people.
Not really that hard to understand.