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My Advice for the Class of 2016

There's a sentence in Don DeLillo's new novel, Zero K, his 16th, that I've been thinking about nearly every hour since first coming across it last week. Read More >

Interview Skills: The Marco Rubio Edition

The most recent Republican primary featured a by-now infamous exchange between presidential hopefuls Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. Ostensibly about whether or not Rubio had sufficient experience required to do the job of President, the exchange is notable for Rubio's use of a seemingly-canned piece of exposition three times in as many minutes-a piece of theater all the more remarkable for the fact that he was taking flak from Christie for using it, while using it. Read More >

Is Yahoo's Performance Review System Illegal as Well as Morale-Crushing?

It hasn't been a good week for Yahoo. Yesterday, in its fourth quarter 2015 earnings report, Yahoo said it had accidentally overvalued itself by a $4.5 billion and announced it would be laying off 15 percent of its 11,000 employees. And on Monday, it was revealed that a former Yahoo employee is filing a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Yahoo manipulated its infamous employee-rating system to illegally fire him (and perhaps hundreds of other employees). Read More >

McKinsey Goes to Prison: Unusual Consulting Assignments

I'll admit that my eyebrows went up when I received an email from a colleague this week with the headline "McKinsey Back in Prison." First, a moment of self-doubt: was there a scandal I'd missed? An appeal hearing related to the Galleon Group affair? Nope: everything is on the level. Read More >

Is Gender Pay Discrimination a Myth?

The gender pay gap is a tricky, emotive subject to deal with at the best of times. As a recent Freakonomics podcast makes clear, even the best-known statistic about it-that women in the US make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes-can be problematic when teased apart. To be clear: that ratio is more or less correct for the population as a whole. Read More >

How GM is Killing 250,000 Jobs

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the robots are coming for your job. The latest instalment of this real-life saga: GM's recent $500 million investment in ride-share startup Lyft, which the automaker swiftly followed up with an announcement that it is seeking launch a pilot program of a self-driving fleet of cabs in Austin, Texas. Read More >

Guess Which MBAs Earn the Most

Are you looking for proof that, the higher you go in an organization, the less likely you are to be a victim of pay discrimination because of your gender or race? Sorry about that: As the above chart from Bloomberg shows, even at post-MBA level, a pay gap exists not only between members of different racial groups, but also between men and women within those racial groupings. At the top of the hierarchy: white and Asian males. Read More >

Are Student Loan Repayments the New Killer Perk?

Whoever is doing PR for Natixis Global Asset Management should get a holiday bonus: a new employment perk aimed at millennials has earned the firm more positive press this week than any HR-related story since that guy who set his firm's minimum wage at $70,000. In case you missed it: Natixis announced that it was going to start contributing up to $10,000 towards student loan debt for every employee who had been at the firm for at least five years. Read More >

Finding Startup Success

Choosing to make a career out of your idea for a startup is a huge decision that should not be taken lightly. Startup success requires a unique idea, extensive dedication, and the business skills to make it happen. In fact, becoming the head of a new, growing company might call for more career skills than any other job out there.  Running with Creative Ideas  Creative ideas can strike anywhere. In fact, many students find start up success while they are still taking classes. Read More >

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