Jonathan D. Lovitz is the Dircetor of Communications for StartOut, the first national network of LGBT entrepreneurs created to empower business leaders to achieve greatness and level the business playing field.
Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, chronicles how relentless optimism, hard work, and disciplined execution embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals. Author Bill McDermott is the CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.
The pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger.
I first realized this last week when my girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of those paper check things.
“Sure,” I replied, picking up my laptop bag to rummage inside. I pulled out a succession of rectangular-shaped gadgets, but there was no pen to be found.
“Hmm, maybe we have one upstairs,” I said as we both began a detective-like search for anything that resembled a vessel for ink. We scoured the home office, kitchen drawers, bedrooms, even looking through our cars. But again, no pen. Full Story »
Student advisees often come to my office, rubbing their hands together, furrowing their brows and asking me to walk along with them as they ponder life after graduation. Just the other day, a sophomore made an appointment because he was worrying about whether he should become a doctor or a philosophy professor. A few minutes later, he nervously confessed that he had also thought of giving stand-up comedy a whirl.
As an occupational counselor, my kneejerk reaction has always been, “What are you most passionate about?” Sometimes I‘d even go into a sermonette about how it is important to distinguish between what we think we are supposed to love and what we really love.
But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey? Full Story »
When the National Football League last week drafted its first openly gay player, Michael Sam, he joined a roster of recent firsts — from the first out nightly news and morning-television anchors, United States senator and pro-basketball player.
But one major realm of society lags behind: corporate America. There are very few openly gay chief executives at the nation’s 1,000 biggest companies.
While some might be out in their personal lives or be widely assumed to be gay, none has spoken publicly about it the way Mr. Sam and other public figures have, which signals how far behind corporate America still is. Full Story »
Happy Financial Literacy Month! We go through the financial moves you should make every month, but April—being tax month and Financial Literacy Month—is a great time to start as any. Here’s what you should be doing in the next few weeks.
You can simply set calendar reminders for yourself, and start thinking about your “financial calendar” the way you do your social calendar. You’d never neglect to send your mom a birthday card after jotting it down on your calendar—so treat important tasks like saving for retirement, preparing for taxes, and donating to charity in the same way. Get ready for a much more organized month (and year)! Full Story »
Being an effective boss means keeping your some of your thoughts and feelings to yourself rather than sharing them with employees. Here are nine common thoughts that even great bosses sometimes have, but that are best kept private:
1. “I get tired of solving your problems.”
The details: “A big part of my job is listening to your problems and helping you come up with a solution. Sometimes, though, I really do wish you’d come up the solutions yourself rather than depend upon me to solve them for you. Full Story »