Book review: There Is Life After College

Jeff Selingo's new book, There Is Life After College

Jeff Selingo’s new book, There Is Life After College

When I graduated from high school in the late 1970s, going off to college wasn’t necessarily the default next step for all of my classmates. Several of my friends from the class of ’78 went straight to work, landing decent blue-collar manufacturing jobs or going to work for our town’s biggest industry, the railroad. Continue reading

We’re looking for an internal communications expert

Our marketing and communications team at Missouri S&T is searching for an internal communications expert to join our team. This is a new position — the first one we’ve ever had that focused solely on internal communications. We’re looking for a clear thinker who can communicate crisply, think strategically, and work well with a broad array of managers and leaders in a complex organizational setting. Continue reading

The gospel according to brands

Economist cover showing Steve Jobs as a messiah figure.

Economist cover showing Steve Jobs as a messiah figure.

Like many of my fellow Americans of Christian heritage, I celebrated Easter Sunday in a rather typical fashion: I attended church, helped with an Easter egg hunt on church grounds, ate a few too many candy eggs, enjoyed a nice meal with family and capped the day watching college basketball. (I’m happy that North Carolina, my pick for this year’s champion in one of my brackets, advanced to the Final Four last night.) If my activities on Easter are any indication, it’s clear that the meaning behind the big Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas was not always at the forefront of my observance of the holiday. For many of us, Easter and Christmas is more about spending time with loved ones than about the religious or spiritual aspects of these days. Continue reading

Twitter at 10: I still #LoveTwitter

I #LoveTwitter so much, I even love the #failwhale

I #LoveTwitter so much, I even love the #failwhale (my 2009 Halloween costume)

Happy birthday, Twitter! The social media platform is 10 years old today, but Twitter kicked off the celebration early with this tweet and video on Sunday.

Over the past 24 hours, the love for Twitter has been pouring in from all across the globe in the form of tweets, articles and blog posts. I’m happy to see this, because Twitter has taken more than its fair share of grief over the past few months. Some people aren’t crazy about how Twitter has tweaked its timeline. Investors want to see more growth. And Twitter’s toying with the idea of expanding the character count from 140 to 10,000 has irked many users, including me.

I haven’t been with Twitter since the get-go. (Few people have.) But I signed up in September 2007 — so I’ve been on the platform for eight-plus of its 10 years. I’ve remained fairly active as a Twitter user, mainly because it remains my go-to learning network. It’s also been a way of connecting with many people I’ve never met in real life but feel like I know. Sometimes, those online connections lead to offline meetups, which is always great because I feel like I know some people — or something about those people — before I ever really meet them.

I think Lance Ulanoff best describes how I feel about Twitter in his Mashable article on the platform’s 10th anniversary:

My relationship with Twitter is best summarized as the kind you have with a sibling. I love it, deeply, but also question its choices. I can be vocal in both my admiration and my dissatisfaction. Yet, at the end of the day, we’re tied together.

 

Can #highered move from hierarchical to networked?

JUN15_08_545754619_bFor many months now, I’ve been thinking a lot about the forces discussed in this great Harvard Business Review article about the need for organizations to shift from hierarchical to networked structures. And I’ve been wondering whether higher education, bound as it has been for centuries in a hierarchical structure, can make the shift to a networked one. Continue reading