My Latest Participations In The Harvard Business Review LinkedIn Discussion Board

My Latest Participations In The Harvard Business Review LinkedIn Discussion Board
Here are they…
HBR: Men rate their performance 33% higher than equally performing women.

Response: Hmmm, not sure if I buy that. I wonder how many of these men (or women) were the head of the household needing to provide for their kids and spouse. Stop making men look bad HBR with headlines like this. It promotes sexism.

HBR: Leaders have a responsibility to convince their people that they value their talents — and that they should, too.

Response: Well, it’s difficult or could be difficult to use your strengths when leadership purposefully doesn’t want employees to use them. And then, there is politics, jealousy, power, and so on.

HBR: One of the reasons we see far too little emotional intelligence in the workplace is that we don’t hire for it.

Response: That’s true. Most organizations hire resumes not people. That’s a big error, obviously.

HBR: Recognition and appreciation are two different things. And your employees need both. 

Response: Not sure if they are the same term but I agree with you HBR. Recognizing and appreciating people’s work, even if the contributions are small, need to occur. Let’s not forget that no leader can accomplish tasks alone. It’s elementary.

HBR: Do you need charisma to be a great public speaker. 

Response: No but it helps.

HBR: Multiculturalism can help you accomplish cross-cultural tasks, connect people, and develop creative solutions.

Response: For sure. The understanding of culture can de facto assist diverse groups to solve problems in a novel way and most definitely connect people in ways to solve ill problems creatively. I’ve seen evidence of the former.

HBR: Be grateful more often. 

Response: Great advice. Being grumpy and entitled don’t take anybody anywhere.

Hope you enjoyed.

How To Build A Class

How To Build A Class

This piece was written by Dr. Mark Zeigler in a keynote speech at the Florida Communication Association. If you want to be in higher education long term, it would be wise to apply his caring advice.

If you want respect, command it, don’t demand it. If you want your students to be trustworthy, then trust them. If you want your students to be interested in the material, then be interesting…

If you want them to work together, then work with them first. If you want them to write well, then teach them how. If you want them to apply theories, then use examples in your teaching…

If you want them to attend class, then give them a reason to be there. If you want them to attend class, then give a reason for them to be there. If you want them to be cynical and rude, then punish them for all transgressions…

If you want them to love learning and enjoy their education, then you enjoy your teaching. If you want them to value research, then include them in your projects and show them how it works…

If you show interest in them, they will be interested in you. If you don’t want them to cheat, then don’t give cheating opportunities. If you want them to make good presentations, be sure you give good lectures…

If you want them to pursue graduate school, tell them they’d be a great graduate student and help them search for schools to apply. If you want good teaching evaluations, be fair, clear, creative, interesting, prepared, approachable, have a sense of humor, and don’t take yourself too seriously…

If you want them to have a perspective, then distinguish between major episodes and minor events. If you want a great academic career, learn how to teach now. Best advice: Grandfather… “I bet they teach you more than you teach them.” Sometimes you just have to get out of the way and let it happen.

Mark Ziegler.

I’m Afraid That The American System Of Higher Education Is Becoming More “Brazilian” By The Day

I’m Afraid That The American System Of Higher Education Is Becoming More “Brazilian” By The Day

I’m afraid that the American system of higher education is becoming more “Brazilian” by the day, with the exception that education in this country costs an arm and a leg. I’m witnessing the demise of a once wonderful educational system that rescued me from a life of much suffering and ignorance due to my lack of intellectual interest and much immaturity back in the day.

Despite our society having all these technologies…

This semester, only 5% of all students in my classes read the course’s book, if that. Some are behaving in such a disrespecting way that makes me wonder why they would choose to spend 80K in a college education and behave like a little kid in kinder garden.  Brazilian kids pursuing a college education don’t read a thing, either. From what I hear, their attitudes in the classroom are as poor as some of our kids in this country.

Colleges and universities often defend them instead of doing what is right and reprimand poor behavior.

I can attest to you that many wealthy Brazilians send their kids to this country in an attempt to make their kids more mature and because colleges and universities made their kids read books as a requirement for completing a college degree. The former did the Brazilian upper class much good, as students in Brazilian universities rarely read anything. The former doesn’t happen much today in the social sciences, I don’t think. What a tragedy.

Let me continue…

A large number of Brazilian students believe that a college education is a requisite for getting a job, nothing else. I’m afraid that a large segment of college students in the United States have similar beliefs, if not exactly the same attitude towards college, as Brazilian students do. Both Brazilian and American students are constantly partying and doing little to get the “A” grade they expect by the end of the semester.


The contemporary “business” model adopted by many colleges and universities in this country has destroyed a great educational system, making immature clown type kids have way too much say in how a university is to be run. The biggest error to me is even more disturbing and is perhaps the root cause of this whole mess we call American higher education. Students, to many college administrators, are synonymous with being a customer… and in their minds, the customer is always right because they pay the bill.

The result? They (the immature youth) is somehow dictating how colleges and universities should operate and who the institution should keep or release, based on how well they (professors) adapt to them (students) instead of the obvious opposite.

It’s sad…

Professors these days must strategically communicate with students without making them “mad.” I’ve learned to deal with them and handle these kinds of situations with much caution and care, always getting input from my colleagues on the issue before making a final decision. Many students today are living college as an “adult.” I bet that most if not all of them will live their adult life as a “student,” like in Brazil.

US students are now so similar to Brazilian students in so many respects. This concerns me quite a lot. Take a look at where Brazil ranks in education worldwide. Is this where we are heading next? Towards the bottom?

I’m afraid that the American system of higher education is becoming more “Brazilian” by the day. I’m not sure if the current model of higher education in this country is sustainable, ladies and gentleman. There is so many good things about Brazil but not its educational system. I’m concerned about the future of this country… very actually.