Your Students Are
Watching, Is Your Staff?
The audiences for You Tube and
other Internet video sites rose
sharply in 2007. Nearly half of
online adults surveyed say they have
visited such sites. On a typical day at
the end of 2007, the share of Internet
users going to video sites was nearly
twice as large as it had been at the end
Close to 50 percent of Internet users
said they had visited a video-sharing
site such as You Tube. In December
2006, 33 percent of Internet users said
they had visited such sites. That represents growth of more than 45 percent
in the last year.
The dramatic growth in the population using video-sharing sites is tied, at
least in part, to the popularity of such
sites among men, younger adults
(those under age 30), and college graduates. Nearly a third of wired young
adults surveyed ( 30 percent) watch a
video on a site like You Tube on a
typical day and fully a fifth of online
men ( 20 percent) do the same.
At the same time, growth in daily
traffic surged among other demographic groups. The percentage of
women surveyed who use such sites
jumped from 5 percent to 11 percent;
the percentage of those ages 30 to 49
who use such sites on a typical day
grew from 7 percent to 14 percent; and
the percentage of high school graduates now viewing such sites daily rose
from 5 percent to 13 percent.
of Internet Users Viewing Video Sites
Pew Internet and American Life Project,
October 24–December 2, 2007,
Survey of 1,572 Internet Users
Feeling Stuck? Move On
Most people at one time or another feel as if they
are just spinning their wheels, unable to gain
traction either in a career or in life. The feeling
of being stuck in one place, while troubling, is part of a
necessary crisis leading to personal growth, says Timothy
Butler, senior fellow and director of career development
programs at Harvard Business School.
“Without it we cannot grow, change, and—eventually
—live more fully in a larger world,” Butler writes in his
new book, Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New
Paths (Harvard Business School Press, 2007). Although
impasse is usually first expressed as a failure, it is a requirement for individuals to change their way of thinking about themselves and their role in the
world. He explains six phases for getting from here to there.
As psychologically painful as it is, feeling stuck is the first phase in
creating new opportunities in career and in life. Phase two is a deepening of
the crisis in which the inner critic becomes louder and more powerful.
Phase three is a final realization that the old model is not working and the
situation must be faced with new eyes and new ears. In the fourth phase, we
begin to listen better and to be open to a new type of information. The fifth
phase of the impasse process, occurring over time, is a deepening of insight
into the patterns of self: the things we value, the things we like in the world,
the activities that are more meaningful, and the types of environments that
are more pleasant and rewarding. The sixth and final phase requires taking
action to seal the deal. “We do something to show the world and ourselves
that we’ve gone through the impasse, it’s been a real experience, and now we
can act in the world based on what we’ve learned,” says Butler.
Working Knowledge, http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5548.html