Bud was one of the most brilliant people in his organization. Only in his mid-thirties, Bud amazed his senior managers with his ability to grasp problems and develop innovative and effective solutions to those problems. He was highly sought after as a "go-to" guy and would consistently come up with creative approaches. His management decided to give him a thorny project with a team of over 100 professionals. "This is my chance to really prove I can deliver", Bud thought as he willingly accepted the project.
Bud wasted no time in coming up with some great solutions which his management thought were brilliant. Expectations were sky-high and Bud was on a project high. Then the problems started.
I have a very good friend who is several years older than me. Aside from being a close friend, he also refers to me as his mentor. I used to cringe a bit every time he said it. I am younger than him and felt that our relative overall life experience didn’t earn me my mentor status.
I took some time to reflect on some of our discussions. I realized that there were some topical areas where I had a significant amount of experience where he had gaps. He understood that my experience filled his gaps, and didn’t consider age to be a barrier to helping him in those areas.
While neither of us were seeking a mentoring relationship, our friendship has morphed to include his mentoring of me in some areas, while I mentor him in others. We are situational mentors to each other based on experience and need.
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In my four decades as a professional, I’ve delivered many presentations and keynotes. Some went well, others totally bombed. Through my learnings about both the good and bad, I’ve identified key success factors necessary to create and deliver compelling presentations. The factors, which I call the “4 C’s of Compelling Presentations,” have helped me more effectively get my point across. Let’s dig right in…
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A number of years back I was in a meeting with two HR representatives at my company.They were explaining to me how the HR organization wanted to be more “strategic” with its clients and how they wanted to help us with annual resource planning. At the time, our biggest problem was filling open positions with qualified candidates; a number of key positions had been open for months with no qualified candidates in the hiring pipeline. When I asked the HR reps about how they were going to help with this problem, they both told me that they didn’t have time to address the hiring issues because they were tasked with being more “strategic”. Needless to say, the meeting went downhill in a hurry because the HR reps were more interested in fulfilling the HR organization’s “be strategic” mandate than they were in helping me with my real-life problem.
Unless you excused yourself for whatever reason you were there for at least fifteen minutes listening to his philosophy. The problem was that Moe was friends with the person managing our contract so we had to put up with him.
A college professor and I were talking about artificial intelligence and what she’s seeing from her students. She confirmed that AI-generated content is a regular occurrence in papers students write. Some tools (such as Turnitin.com) are getting smarter about detecting AI-generated content to help professors determine when work is authentic versus AI-generated. One situation, though, was sadly amusing to me.
One of the papers turned in by a student included a statement to the effect of, “I’m sorry, but I don’t know the answer to that question.” It was clear that the student had submitted a query to an AI chatbot—which didn’t know how to respond—and the student blindly copied the content into the paper without actually reading it. I probably don’t need to tell you the grade the student got.
In my article Critical Thinking Isn’t Enough: 8 Ways to Be a Critical Persuader, I talk about a fellow named Vick, who was very well-versed on a topic but couldn’t present coherent thoughts in a way that would convince someone of his way of thinking. Vick was a critical thinker, but couldn’t make the leap to being a critical persuader. The situation the professor mentioned underscored a new “critical” category I hadn’t considered.
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Artificial intelligence has quickly transformed from something only the techies talked about to a kitchen table discussion topic. As an author whose work has been frequently plagiarized, my interest in AI has increased as the technology becomes more pervasive. To get more information on the topic, I decided to ask Bing’s AI copilot about AI and plagiarism. I asked it three questions, and am sharing the responses I received:
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