Archives from June 2008

Michael Gates Gill on How Starbucks Saved His Life

How one man's career went from advertising executive to jobless to the best job of his life... serving coffee at Starbucks.

June 27, 2008 / Podcast # 08-26

Michael Gates Gill

Michael Gates Gill had it all. But by the time he turned 60, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First he was downsized at work; next, an affair ended his 20 year marriage. Then he was diagnosed with a slow growing brain tumor.

Gill had no money, no health insurance, and no prospects. One day as Gill sat in a Manhattan Starbucks, a 28 year old Starbucks manager named Crystal Thompson approached him, half joking, to offer him a job. With nothing to lose he took it and went from drinking coffee in a Brooks Brothers suit to serving it in a green apron. Read more…


Lindsey Pollak on Getting from College to Career

They say you can’t get a job without experience – but how do you get experience without having a job?

June 20, 2008 / Podcast # 08-25

Lindsey Pollak

In Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollak offers a definitive guide for building the experience, skills, and confidence needed for college graduates starting a major job search. Her 90 action-oriented tips include strategies ranging from the simple to the expert.
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William Rothwell on Leveraging a Seasoned Talent Pool

How to beat the rising employment crisis in finding qualified workers.

June 13, 2008 / Podcast # 08-24

William J. Rothwell

While many employers have traditionally viewed their younger employees as their most precious assets, the truth is that their more seasoned workers are often their most valuable. In his new book, Working Longer (AMACOM), William J Rothwell gives recruiters, managers, and trainers the tools they need to nurture and empower these vital employees. Read more…


Richard Thaler on the “Architecture of Choice”

We often make poor choices - and look back at them with bafflement!

June 6, 2008 / Podcast # 08-23

Richard Thaler

Our errors are what make us human, but until now, they have been largely ignored by those around us, whether they make a complex public policy or sell us a plain old bottle of wine. In a new book, Nudge, Economist Richard Thaler and legal scholar Cass Sunstein, invite us into an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. Read more…