From a distance economic history may seem mundane, but it’s full of drama. Drama that gives us a more accurate understanding of career making today. I’ve spent parts of the summer intensely researching the design of the job market and the stories that emerged in the data are remarkable. The Flow of History As I
New human performance research is out suggesting that the bell curve all of us associate with the distribution of human performance is wrong. (NPR article here: http://n.pr/IXJlm5) The study examined over six hundred thousand people in four broad performance categories (academics writing papers, athletes at the professional and collegiate levels, politicians and entertainers). The study
In the two previous introductory posts, I described a qualitative transition in the job market and the more prominent role that risk plays in getting a new position. Whereas the Legacy Career depended on a lifetime career investment, the Lean Career relies on speed. Origins Lean methods originated from Toyota’s management of manufacturing during the 1970s. By
During the Legacy Career candidates relied on an enduring network of connections for the information necessary to build a career. As the job market shifted and those connections were lost, new information asymmetry problems emerged. Candidates who directly engage them succeed. Information asymmetry exists when one person in an exchange has more information than another.
The first three posts here are meant to give context to the entire future of the blog. Here, I’ll lay out and distinguish some of the emerging trends in the present job market as I see them.___________________ Steve Jobs got his first real job in technology at Atari. Prior to starting, Jobs dropped out of