Choosing the Secure Big Company Job Instead of the Better Fit: Dr. Kasey Thompson

Choosing the Secure Big Company Job Instead of the Better Fit: Dr. Kasey Thompson


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My guest for Episode #134 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Dr. Kasey Lynn Thompson.

She is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics, Business, and Strategy at Ferris State University and former Director of Global Menu Strategy for a Fortune 250 company. 

Dr. Kasey Lynn is the author of the book Fall Down, Gritty Up: The Unconventional Mental Map for Becoming Your Own Hero.

She is also the proprietor of Pendulum Publishing, a consulting firm in Michigan. Dr. Kasey Lynn earned a PhD in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University.

In today's episode, Dr. Kasey Lynn shares her “favorite mistake” story about a career decision — staying with McDonald's (the larger parent company) instead of staying with the spun-off RedBox company that she had worked for. What did she learn from these events? How does it inform and affect the way she coaches students about career decisions?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Choosing a job based on relationships, values… product?
  • Advising students? – how to decide what “best” is for an opportunity?
  • How has RedBox done in the age of streaming?
  • Your PhD… What is values-driven leadership?
  • Your former employer didn’t know you were working on a PhD?
  • Theranos – Elizabeth Holmes? Fraud or true believer?
  • Tell us about teaching Business Ethics… 
  • Most likely business ethics situations a student might face in the business world?
  • You started a new restaurant… Fatty C's Dog House
  • Not let yourself get too down, what am I learning from this?

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"[My] book ['Fall Down, Gritty Up'] is all about really my mistakes and how I learned to embrace every single mistake that I experienced."
 "I think the one thing that probably is just so incredibly detrimental in business right now is just the lack of transparency and the lack of honesty"

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.