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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Tortoise and Hare management lesson

I recently wrote ’8 pointers on how to get a job’, but neglected one important point. Do not martyr yourself and die on the job. I know plenty of people who have a distinct work modus operandi – I see it on CV’s and this is reinforced when I meet them. They take a new position, determined to show everyone…

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Send In The Clones??

Many corporates believe that in order to build a high performing team, hire top talent, in turn they’ll attract their own ilk, et voila, problem solved for talent acquisition. The best hire the best, right? Mediocre talent hires even worse talent. That’s the thinking, and has been ingrained in management. This is, of course, nonsense, the sort of blather I…

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The Snake in the Grass

I recently had coffee with a friend, a former senior hedge fund manager. He now works on his own, paid his dues over many years in the banks, and for a number of years ran the Asia-Pac investment-banking practice for one of the white-shoe financial institutions. As is my wont, we talked about corporate politics. I'd had a dinner the…

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Hiring? Thoughts on ‘smart’ rather than ‘fit’

When clients decide to make an external hire, they [almost] always state that candidates must have industry experience-to fit in more quickly, to engender credibility, have an easier learning curve, and to 'hit the ground running.' Industry knowledge helps, no argument. Indeed, if the job to be filled is mid or low level, technical or statistical/mechanical with specific metrics, yes,…

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The fear of hiring

That may sound peculiar, but I often see clients get cold feet when committing to a new hire.There could be many reasons; no one wants to make a hiring error with a big job; concern that no one externally can fit into the culture quickly enough; an uncertain economic climate, which always gives an easy out; transitioning into a new…

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