Celebration for cause

It isn’t really important to decide when you are very young just exactly what you want to become when you grow up. It is much more important to decide on the way you want to live. If you are going to be honest with yourself and honest with your friends, if you are going to get involved in causes which…

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Management sailing–smooth or choppy?

I spoke to a woman I know who was being offered a new job with a new company; the money was good, not a huge jump, but an industry she wanted to be in, and willing to take it for a not-so-big increase, a perfectly legit reason. Well regarded at her current company, she announced her resignation. The immediate answer,…

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Whose side are you on anyhow?

In a work dispute, any on-looker or mildly interested third party will not know all the facts. We're often faced with such stand-offs inside companies; listening to colleagues complain about the boss' lunacy; seeing how global HQ has suddenly created more 'useless red tape', hearing the gossip of a pending re-org, who's in or out, who's up or down, which…

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Networked or overworked?

What is your network? How large is it? How varied, how supportive for you is your network? If you think this is a simple exercise or question, you probably don’t have the right network yet. It amazes me how many 'senior' business people are less than interested about building, cultivating and maintaining their professional network (and I do NOT mean…

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Social media cross-culturally: US ≠ ROW…

I recently read an[other] article in the New York Times/IHT about social media, how too much online information is shared within a business context. Written by an executive coach(!), she touches upon the corporate challenges of too much openness, and has even created an acronym, which she calls OSD, Obsessive Sharing Disorder(!!). Click here for the article. What caught my…

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Simply argumentative…

Someone wiser than I, Alan Weiss, recently mused about others who disagree, stating: "Too many people respond to a new idea or suggestion with, 'Let me tell you how I do it,' or, 'I disagree.' Their immediate response is to protect their own thinking patterns or try to prove they know more." "Hang on," I replied. I disagree regularly. It's…

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