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Sizing Up Corporate Culture at Your Next Job

Imagine this scenario.


You’ve just started your first job out of college and you get this inter-office mail from
your new boss: “Has our client answered the questions we had for our report?”


Panic sets in. You’re working on a number of reports. Which one? And how should you
respond? You hardly know the new boss — would an in-person update be too informal?
Is inter-office mail too slow?

A Path to Success

It comes down to the way you think.  Job hunters, including millennials, need to understand that a technical mastery of the finer points in your chosen business field is not enough. Skill matched with a particular quality of mind equals talent, according to successful business executives who have graduated from Bentley.


Mitch Roschelle, co-founder of the real estate advisory practice of the American unit of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, said he seeks three key mental attributes when recruiting talent: agility, empathy, and passion.

A Usability Cure for HealthCare.gov

Even after fixing enormous technical glitches, the Affordable Care Act website still may not be usable for consumers. What will it take for the government to get it right?

Social Stock

Are companies paying enough attention to world issues?

Talking Stick Marketing

During my time at Bentley, I took a variety of business courses. We all know that to be a successful business person in today’s world, you need a variety of skills and exposure to many different ways of thinking.

In one class, Professor Tim Anderson introduced the talking stick.

He explained to us that it was an ancient tradition. Whoever held the talking stick was the person talking. They could hold on to it as long as they wanted, say whatever they wanted  and everyone else had to allow them to speak and not interrupt.

How to Be a Risk Taker

Will challenging conventional wisdom get you where you want to be?

What I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Midway through a successful career, here is what I wished I'd known about getting prepared to operate in the corporate world.

Staffing Mismatches: The Six Deadly Sins

One of the greatest operational issues is “staffing mismatches.” Having people in the wrong roles can create a dysfunctional organization and keep your company from growing. Operations teams need to run like a well-oiled machine, and in order for that to happen it is crucial to have the right people in the right jobs.

New Employees

The best way to avoid mismatches is to get the right person from the start. However, there are three primary mistakes companies make when it comes to hiring new employees:

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