Ill Repute

A lunch conversation the other week, and we turned our talk to a mutual friend. My lunch partner (who does not work with him, but partners with others in the company) had recently spoken with him about his challenges inside the organisation. "I told him-very indirectly-that his boss has been asking around about him. Nothing pointed, but he’s asking around."…

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Tell Me You Love Me–A Tale of Talent Loss and Retention

I recently spoke with a friend, a very accomplished professional in her field, working for a well-known MNC. She’d considered leaving them for another company (not a competitor), and they had just increased her overall package, so she was staying put. I asked her what had happened. She told me that she really enjoyed the company, the culture and colleagues…

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Listen Up

Listen Up

I recently spoke to an ex Australian government official about Tony Abbott. “Abbott”, he said, “is not a good listener. He does as he pleases, and it is him calling the shots, not his foreign ministry nor those in his cabinet. What you see in the press is just Abbott being Abbott.” “Fair enough”, I replied, “but strikes me John…

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How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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Why should we not hire you?

One of my clients was an American Fortune 100 Company. They often promoted internally, but did go outside for certain senior hires, for which I worked with them in various Asian markets. It was paramount that candidates could fit into their [very American] culture, with its own distinct culture and language–senior management would often engage each other and external partners…

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The authentic voice when interviewing

The authentic voice. Companies want to hear it from candidates when interviewing, and candidates always need to think about finding their cadence in an interview. But what does an "authentic voice" really mean within in a corporate setting, whether interviewing or maneuvering through the organisation? Authenticity often radiates from comfort–borne by repetition; confidence in knowing what you do well; and…

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The Mechanics of Manners; 10 points

More than simply being polite, better to describe manners as the "instruction booklet" for humans. In today's topsy-turvy world of social media, manners matter even MORE than in the past. Friction is caused by two objects moving into each other, and manners lubricate the friction. None of us are born with good manners; we all have to be told how…

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