John Patterson

Stories Matter

Welcome to the 2023 Year of Narrative!   “Hooray for Hollywood” was written by Richard Whiting for the 1937 musical film Hollywood Hotel, paying ironic tribute to Tinseltown. “Hooray for Hollywood, you may be homely in your neighborhood But if you think that you can be an actor, see Mr.

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John Patterson

MBA debt leaves you ill-prepared for emerging career strategies

Growing up, the go-to option for career development was the MBA. But nowadays, with the price tag, debt, and lost wages, it’s lost its value. According to Forbes, “It’s becoming more and more clear that an MBA degree is not just a questionable investment—it’s a risk that’s simply not worth it.”

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John Patterson

5 Must-Know Work and Business Trends for 2023

The nature of work has been in a state of persistent flux over the past five years. We can expect discussions on hybrid work wars, stability hunting, upskilling, loud layoffs, and more if you study the current headlines. Here are the top 5 Must-know work and business trends for 2023.

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Karina Christensen

What me? A Valedictorian??

I have to confess I have never been the #1 in anything. I have been in the top 10, the top 3, and the top 1%. As a student, I was middle of the road and only rallied when it came to passing the exam to make it to the next grade; without flying colors. The extra effort it would have taken to become #1 in anything was just not worth my time when there were so many other things I wanted to explore.

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John Patterson

Fake Famous = Fake Influence

Fake Famous is a 2021 HBO Max documentary with the description: “Followers, likes, comments – these are the currencies of fame today. Illuminating the good and bad of our obsession with social media, a new documentary trails three starry-eyed Los Angeles transplants as they participate in a social experiment designed to turn everyday people with modest online followings into “famous” influencers.” Should we be horrified by ‘faked fame’ or consider it a legitimate strategy?

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Meredith Hart

Government and Entrepreneurs

I was skeptical, but through every Influential U session, I gleaned tools that have helped me become an efficient, effective, functional team player who can (and has) exceeded personal and professional goals.

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