We’ve read in recent days about the astounding amounts of money that some wealthy parents paid in bribes and other fraudulent activity so that their children could attend schools that would make these parents proud.
But when the brazenness of such scheming is set aside, we are left wondering: What are the career prospects of students who don’t attend schools like Yale and Georgetown and Stanford, three of the schools that these parents targeted.
Have you seen more than a few job announcements saying that applicants must have “at least five (or ten or some other number) years of experience?”
That’s never made sense to me.
Have you ever seen a job interview as riveting as the one the Senate Judiciary Committee held last week for Brent Kavanaugh? Regardless of whether you think Judge Kavanaugh should get the promotion to the Supreme Court, the televised interview raises a few questions relevant for nonprofits (and other organizations) when they’re interviewing candidates for senior leadership jobs, including when search committees are hiring a CEO.
If you’re with an organization that that has a key job to fill, or you’re looking for a new job, you might be thinking: “It’s August. I should wait until September.” That kind of thinking reflects the modern myth about August: “Everyone’s on vacation, so nothing will happen.”
When CEOS think about how to get the best work from their employees, they often and understandably focus on under-performers, and regrettably overlook their stars. It’s time to focus more on the stars.