Onboarding vs.Waterboarding: How Not to Drown at the Outset

Onboarding Vs.Waterboarding: How Not To Drown At The Outset

‘Onboarding? More like waterboarding,’ said a friend when I asked if his new company was onboarding him at all. I later met up with someone else who said the new company’s onboarding strategy was to go around the office and introduce the COO, CMO, CIO (who essentially said ‘don’t bother me if you have questions, go to global HQ’.) and…

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Salary Negotiation; Another Story From The Trenches

Salary Negotiation; Another Story From The Trenches

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine, comparing notes on her business and mine. A lawyer by trade, she has worked for her current company–a US MNC–for about seven years. That day she was somewhat preoccupied by the pending merge she and her team will soon make, into another division of the company. It's actually beneficial for her,…

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Friend or Foe? That Elusive “Fit” Of Diversity When Interviewing Candidates

Friend Or Foe? That Elusive “Fit” Of Diversity When Interviewing Candidates

Is it Granada I see Or only Asbury Park Is it a fancy not worth thinking of Or is it At Long Last Love? Cole Porter wasn’t writing about hiring people, but I am. When interviewing candidates, what elements do you gravitate towards? Intellect and academic pedigree? A common work history? Significant achievements? "Presence?" Hobbies? Are you aware of any…

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Don’t disappear into the job

Don’t Disappear Into The Job

The job won’t bury you; you can do that all by yourself. When I coach senior execs, I often find two different career groups. The first have recently gotten a new position, internally or externally. The second are looking for their next job (outside the company), and have not actively done so in years. This first group necessarily burrows away…

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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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