Just back from Japan

My book's the one on the left, orange and white

Spent last week in Tokyo where my book on Harvard Business School recently came out. Its Japanese title is “Harvard Business School: A Factory for Unhappy People”, a fact I didn’t realize until it was explained to me by the publisher, Nikkei. I’m told it will appeal to a miserable streak in Japanese readers. And it seems to be, as the book is selling well and around 300 people showed up to two talks I did in the city, at Globis, an English-language business school, and Maruzen, a huge bookstore close the central train station. I also had the chance to do some research on my next book, which will be about the nature of salespeople. My host was an HBS classmate, Daisuke Iwase, who turned down every high-dollar, financial offer going in 2006 to help set up Japan’s first online life insurance firm, Lifenet. It’s a remarkable story, which I’ll tell in another post.


Harvard undergraduates relieved no finance jobs

Really? Really? Another reason why these institutions drive people crazy. Can’t they see how others will see this?

To quote from the Bloomberg story:

“At Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, undergraduates are relieved that they no longer have to fight the temptation of high-paying Wall Street jobs, President Drew Faust said, in an interview in New York.

“This year, many undergraduates told me that they were looking more broadly at career options due to the changes in the financial industry,” Faust said.

Students have stepped up their activism in the last decade, energized by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Obama’s candidacy, said Andrew Furco, an associate professor of educational policy and administration at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

“Young people have more of a social conscience now, or they’re being encouraged to develop one,” said Furco, who runs the school’s Office for Public Engagement.””

No more jobs on Wall Street = interest in other careers and the schools want a pat on the back for this?