Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Corner Office - He Wants Subjects, Verbs and Objects - Question - NYTimes.com

An interesting article on interviews.

Corner Office - He Wants Subjects, Verbs and Objects - Question - NYTimes.com:
"And so what you’re trying to find out about are the intangibles of leadership, communication style and the ability to, today, really adapt to change.

And there are a lot of ways to go at that. I like to ask people what they’ve read, what are the last three or four books they’ve read, and what did they enjoy about those. And to really understand them as individuals because, you know, the résumés you get are wonderful résumés. Wonderful education, great work history. So you have to probe a little bit deeper into the human intangibles, because we’ve all seen many instances where people had perfect résumés, but weren’t effective"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What your interviewers are likely reading

While I am sure you are all up to date on "recent" books, knowing what your interviewers are reading may help you get a job (or may help you do better at your job!) so here are some links you may want to check out:

On Long Tails:

On Nissim Taleb on what is a Black Swan:

Thomas Friedman on the World is Flat (long but very good):

Thomas Friedman on Hot, Flat, and Crowded:

Jim Collins on "from Good to Great" and "Built to Last"

Malcolm Gladwell author of Blink and The Tipping Point:

What is "Peak Oil"

NOVA on "The Wisdom of Crowds"

Made to Stick:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MBA 610 Week 11

Derivatives (after looking at the Blog for a while)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Facebook dumbs you down, FinanceProfessor.com smartens you up!

Well that explains some things....

TG Daily - Facebook dumbs you down: "A study from Ohio State University, based on a study of 219 students, suggests that the more you use Facebook, the less you study, and the worse your grades get."

So here is the new strategy: spent your time on FinanceProfessor.com instead. I can see the headline now:
"A study from St. Bonaventure University, based on a study of 110 students, suggests that the more time you use FinanceProfessor.com, its blogs, and podcast, the better the grades you get. "

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Week ten after break

A fast look at dividends and Buybacks then intro to dividend

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Finance students fret over their futures - Business - MiamiHerald.com

Finance students fret over their futures - Business - MiamiHerald.com:
"The meltdown in the financial markets has top investment banks pulling back on hiring, leaving finance students like Fernandez insecure about their future.

Growing up in a paycheck-to-paycheck household, financial security was a top priority for Fernandez when she decided on a career as a financial analyst.

But with job opportunities becoming scarce, her plans might be derailed -- at least for the time being.

And later:

"Emery, a finance professor for more than 30 years, says that students should focus less on the business sector's current situation and more on the benefits of education, regardless of their field.

''Regardless of profession,'' he said, ``the formula is simple: With a little hard work, and being at the right place at the right time, those who distinguish themselves will become successful.''"

Friday, April 03, 2009

Google's Latest Conquest: Twitter? - Forbes.com

Update on Twitter:

Google's Latest Conquest: Twitter? - Forbes.com:
"Massive search engine Google is reportedly in talks to buy Twitter, the free micro-blogging Web site, expanding its ever-increasing empire.

Twitter's price tag is not yet clear but it could be above $250.0 million, according to a Thursday posting on TechCrunch."
Stay tuned! TO the group doing this as a presentation, I am really looking forward to it :).


From SeekingAlpha:
""It should come as no surprise that Twitter engages in discussions with other companies regularly and on a variety of subjects," continues Stone. "Our goal is to build a profitable, independent company and we're just getting started."

Sources close to Twitter tell The Deal the rumor of a potential "Twoogle" is without foundation.

From ClusterStock
"If Google isn't in talks to buy Twitter, it should be. Specifically, it should offer the company $1 billion, cash"
The article goes on to state why. Some of the reasons are good, others at least interesting.