Could You Imagine a World Without Bosses?

by Michael John Liu on September 21, 2011

 

Gary Hamel, a professor at the London Business School, talks about a world without bosses for the new Phoenix Lecture Series. His words are jarring and at first, way out there because from my American worldview working a corporate job, the hierarchy is just how things are and there is no other way to go about it. The business hierarchy is what our economy is fundamentally built upon. You break into the workforce as a bottom feeder, and after years and years of sucking up and smiling, you slowly inch your way up the corporate ladder. Such a system perpetuates only because as you reach that next level, it’s only fair that the fresh-faced recent graduate that has just started at your company yesterday goes through the same b.s. process. Helps build character, right? It sort of reminds me of that Kayak.com commercial I saw on TV about the “morons at the top”.

But Prof. Gary Hamel suggests otherwise. What if there was no hierarchy? What if you only did what you wanted to do and you couldn’t be compelled otherwise? What if the future of the company wasn’t about where the big dogs wanted to take the company, but was a crowd-sourced decision that everyone would be happy with? What if everyone is on the same level and you wouldn’t waste away the prime of your life sorting mail and getting coffee because your voice is as essential as anyone elses? I can barely fathom it myself but if there are companies out there that are as progressive as this, sign me up. As a pragmatist, I don’t see it working. I hope companies out there prove me wrong.

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Postgrad Cooking Tips

by Samuel Kim on June 15, 2011

Many of us, I’m sure, have moved back home ever since graduating from college. Although this definitely does not help with things like attracting members of the opposite sex (especially if you’re a guy), it definitely is nice to have parents who will feed you…especially if your mom is an amazing cook. For everyone else, you’re on your own.

If you’re tired of cooking microwaveable dinners, or you’ve been getting quite pudgy from eating too much McDonald’s and Carls Jr. here are some cooking tips that could make your next meal an absolutely delicious entree. [click to continue…]

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Conan O’Brien 2011 Dartmouth Commencement Speech

June 13, 2011
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Consistency is Key – Postgrad Advice

June 8, 2011
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I just recently started to diet and exercise again. It’s so funny how you can’t tell how much freaking weight you’ve gained until you want to lose it. I mean, I knew that I definitely wasn’t in tip-top shape anymore. But I definitely didn’t realize that I’d become so chubby. I guess one warning should [...]

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New Blog Project: Faith Palm

April 23, 2011

Hey everybody. This is Mike here. Sorry that we’ve gone off the grid for quite a while now. Life has officially waylaid our plans to get this blog booming but if you did want to stay connected with my personal projects, check out my new blog project. The project is called Faith Palm and the [...]

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The Shift Away From Unemployment

February 18, 2010
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Maybe you’ve finally gotten that job you’re going for, like I have. Maybe you’re ready to put your job hunting days behind you, like I am. Conceptually, everything you’re looking for to stabilize your postgraduate life has been given to you. The question is, are you ready for it? Here are a couple things I’ve [...]

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Applying to Law School – Law School Advice

February 9, 2010
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Ever consider applying to law school? The prospect of law school is definitely appealing to a lot of people who have graduated. While, on a realistic note, the job market is definitely saturated (way too many people are graduating with a law school degree), the potential for not only great financial stability but a good [...]

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The Real Postgrad Life: Waiting Isn’t Easy

February 5, 2010
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Good things come to those who wait. Isn’t that how the old adage goes? Well in a culture of high unemployment, waiting can be just about the most frustrating thing imaginable. You know your worth. You know you’re qualified for any number of the positions you’ve applied for. You’ve even applied for jobs that you [...]

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Is It Too Late For Grad School?

February 3, 2010
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When I was in college, I had a couple friends who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. This confidence and assurance of their future had a tremendously positive effect on their lives and motivation. Some were certain they were going to grad school, law school, etc. For instance, my friend who was [...]

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How to Generate Hype Like Apple Computers, Inc.

January 28, 2010
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If you’re a recent postgraduate, you will have noticed a drastic change in Apple Computers, Inc. over the years. When I was in grade school, I used the blocky computers in my computer class. It was on an Apple computer that I learned to type, play Number Munchers and Oregon Trail, and learn introductory elements [...]

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