"If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs"

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past week.

@MichaelYardney – “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs.”

@Bulldozer0 – “The best way to overcome cynicism and skepticism is with openness and transparency.

The Myth of Hiring Passionate Employees via @OscarBerg

What really facilitates the benefits of having a passionate employee is rolling out the red CARPET:

Challenges — an employee can use his/her skills to the fullest, such that (s)he must do her best every day
Autonomy — an employee has the freedom to act in accordance with his/her passion
Resources — an employee has the wherewithal to go the extra mile
Professional development — an employee has opportunities to learn and grow in/with the company
Enthusiasm — an employee can share his/her enthusiasm with others and have it reciprocated
Tangible impact — an employee can tell that what (s)he is doing is meaningful and valuable

A suggested plan to confront Death by Administration via @AdrianCheok

One, no meeting is ever convened other than to take decisions.

Two, nobody is required to go to a meeting unless its decisions affect them.

Three, university managers must begin meetings with discussion of a recent scholarly article or book on any topic — apart from management.

The last one should really reduce meeting time.

Toby Miller is professor of cultural industries at City University London.