HP announced that they were planning on laying off between 11,000 and 16,000 people.

I am going to look at this from the angle of an employee and not the business aspect of it.

The biggest misconception that workers have is that if they work hard, impress their boss and get good marks on their performance review, they will advance.

Assuming every single employee at HP goes through an Annual performance review, here is a break down of how the 16,000 employees would be rated based on a bell curve rating system.

  • Exceeds Expectations: ~2,560 (16%)
  • Meets Expectations: ~10,880 (68%)
  • Below Expectations: ~2,560 (16%)

What do all three groups of employees have in common? They are all going to be laid off.

The meetings, the review forms, the doing everything to impress your boss, the loyalty to the company are all out the window in the names of cutting cost. That’s what it will come down to.

But what about the exceeds expectations resources. Shouldn’t they be saved since they are high performers? (more…)

The one thing I noticed as I went through my career is how my views have changed about leaders and people in power, specifically in the corporate world. The higher they were up the corporate chain, the more frightened I was to speak with them and the quieter I was around them.

Every email that I wrote was written with fear, and I had other people take a look at it before I sent it. They are extremely busy people, and I didn’t want to bother them. I respected them and their work, and obviously I wanted to impress them. Many times my communication with these executives failed, because I was unable to have an honest conversation with them.

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,791,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2013.

Let me write it for you in long form just in case you missed that number. There are ONE MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE THOUSAND people graduating from College in 2013 in the U.S.

That’s a shit ton of competition. So you start looking for a job, except there is one problem: Looking for a job sucks.

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“Fake it till you make it” is a great motto to live by because it gives you confidence that you can do something even if you aren’t sure if you are really capable. If you live by that saying long enough, there is a chance that it will actually stick.

In a new business / startup, these are several situations where you can apply fake it till you make it:

  • That first enterprise client that is asking you how many other big companies you have signed up already – Fake it till you make it.
  • That investor that is asking what other investors are interested in your product – Fake it till you make it.
  • That banner advertiser that is asking you how many page views you get on your site – Fake it till you make it.

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I’m an idea machine. I come up with ideas all the time. I sometimes constrain myself when I think about ideas, so I can force creativity. I’ll say things like “It has to be something that a user can do with a click of a button”, and come up with 3-5 ideas about that.

Occasionally, I’ll come up with a really great idea for a business. I spend the next few days mulling over all the options, researching competition, and draw out in my head what it’s going to take to get it started. I put it on paper & sketch out what it will look like. I then ask other people what they think about the idea. I get obsessed with the idea and what it can become.

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