Photography legend Greg Heisler, who’s photographed everyone from Shaq to The Boss (that’s Bruce Springsteen) to Rudy Giuliani to Al Pacino to a whole bunch of other folks, offers some great business/work/life advice for photographers in the video above.
Not a photographer? It still works no matter what you do.
My colleague and I at LCU have required our students in the business administration program to wear “business dress” to class every Wednesday. We’ve been doing this for years. The goal is to better prepare students for life after college, helping them learn to live in the world of grownups.
Evidently, in a countermove to Casual Friday, more companies are instituting Formal Fridays to buck the business casual trend.
Everything old is new again.
UPDATE: I was reminded about this Seinfeld clip after reading Michelle’s comment below.
A few months back Seth Godin released his manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams, a look at the role of school in the life of our students and our economy. It’s interesting and provocative and it’s free–download it here.
The book will take you a couple hours to read and I think some good discussions should come from it.
Seth gave a presentation recently that reveals the major points of the book. The preso is less than 20 minutes and, again, worth your consideration.
One of my former business students at LCU sent this note to my colleague and me today. Context: she graduated a couple years ago and has recently been working at a large corporation in the Midwest.
I’m always grateful to learn that what we do is helpful.
Hello Business Professors of mine—
I just felt the need to write you two and thank you for preparing me and training me for the professional business world. Every day at my company I am reminded of how important my education was. I see emails with common, careless grammar mistakes. I see unprofessional email styles. I see other co-workers in the same position as me coming in late to meetings with leadership, complaining about their work in front of people who could give them a step up the ladder, etc. I am so thankful that I had professors who challenged us, gave us advice for the business world, and prepared us to be DIFFERENT! Leadership notices. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope all is well with the two of you! I am learning so much at my company. Tell those students of yours that I said, “Listen up! These professors know what they are talking about!”
It’s mid-July, the hot days march on with a certain inevitability and I’m starting to think about the beginning of another school year. August will be here soon and I’ll head back to the office for meetings, planning retreats, orientation, and, of course, class prep.
So it seems like a good time to take stock of the last couple months.
Here’s what I’ve done since mid-May. Or at least what I can remember since then.
Wrote a couple of email newsletters for the consultancy (here and here). If you want to learn how to speak and present better, why not subscribe?
Wrote an eBook on presentation design that will be available soon (details here).
Completed a design project for a consulting client.
Started reading Melville’s Moby Dick (a little over half way through), finished Dan Pink’s Drive, and a few other things. Read lots of blog posts and articles from FastCompany, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Professional Photographer, PDN, and some other magazines.
Made headshots for the Logan County Fair Queen and Little Miss contestants.
Took the StrengthsFinder and DiSC assessments. My strengths are Learner, Input, Intellection, Achiever, and Ideation. On the DiSC profile, I’m a high “C.” If you know me and you know those assessments, nothing surprising there–back to your lives, citizens.
And today (my birthday, by the way) I leave for Ethiopia to meet our new son.
So that’s my summer so far. What have you been up to?
I received this note today from another professor at LCU:
Michael: Just a note to let you know that I was at a Chamber of Commerce Gov/Ed committee meeting this morning and your Business Program was saluted by [the Chamber director] for the fine graduates you are producing (including her last three assistants). Following our meeting, the director of our local CIEDA asked for your name/contact number for possible candidates; she is a former business prof. at ISU. Bottom line: Your department is getting rave reviews in the community. Thanks to you and Eric [my colleague] for your outstanding work! It is making a difference in our community!