Do you remember the controversy a few years ago when certain individuals tried to claim that it was their brilliance that made their companies great? “You didn’t build that” was the catch phrase. Because most of us know that to be successful, we need viable infrastructure (which means government investment) and dedicated employees- under the guidance of competent (hopefully- even inspired) management.
We’ve had a few new potential clients wonder how our CXO assistance would fit into their firm. Not that they doubted we could provide excellent Chief Financial, Chief Executive, or Chief Research Officer capabilities, but how we could interface with their folks and improve their operations long-term.
I admit it. I’ve never been a fan of Ponzi or pyramid schemes. And, I’m not talking about Mr. Ponzi himself- or even Bernie Madoff. No, I’m talking about Herbalife (Bill Ackman’s averral the Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, 22 July 2014) and those other ‘get rich’ schemes that make folks money by skimming the profits off other unsuspecting souls. You know, sell a product and your “upstream” team takes a portion, leaving you a smaller portion of the “profits”. The only way you make real money is to con a slew of folks to work for you- and to find others to work for them- as you skim the profits from their labors.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend with my (now grown) son. Although he is the youngest one of the bunch, he has clearly grown up.
I was reading about a “new” program being started at Lehigh University and Delaware. This program lets students pursue their own projects with no set curriculum for some of their education. Lehigh is calling their program “Mountaintop”, where the students request equipment and advice- but get to choose the concept they wish to devote a term or two to achieve. The underlying premise is that research, work experience, and independent long-term projects tend to foster innovation, collaboration, persistence- and amplify the knowledge the students have acquired in previous classes.