Menlo College President Richard Moran and Trustee Tom Byers Discuss The Thing About Work

Menlo College President Richard Moran and Trustee Tom Byers Discuss The Thing About Work

Menlo College President Richard Moran and Trustee Tom Byers met at Kepler’s Books in downtown Menlo Park recently for a discussion on Moran’s newly published book, The Thing About Work – Showing Up and Other Important Matters. Trustee Byers is also a Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

President Moran’s premise is, like it or loath it, we’re addicted to work. Work often defines us and fulfills us. Yet, today’s changing workplace is stressful and sometimes confusing. In The Thing About Work, Moran looks at what is happening at work and how to thrive in the new professional world.

In his short essays based on observations in the workplace, Moran finds the “white space” in the company manual – those issues that you encounter every day at work but which are not covered in employee training.

In the Kepler’s conversation, Byers marveled at Moran’s prolific “accumulation of experiences,” and forewarned the audience to expect emotions to surface as they read the hundreds of essays in the book. “You may identify with some essays and strongly resist other ones,” said Professor Byers, as he recalled his response to reading the book.

In discussing adapting to change, Moran referred to Menlo College as an institution that has been able to embrace change. He cited significant recent changes as the introduction of an internship program, new faculty and a soaring enrollment. He now calls it the “college where your children want to go.”

Byers thanked the members of the audience, who included several staff members and faculty, for making the community a better place.

President Moran concluded the conversation with advice that work is not a bad thing. If you don’t like your job, change it. If you want to stay at your job, remember that showing up does matter!