I Must Have That Man

Do you ever wonder why companies take so long to hire? Especially if you’re a candidate they’re interested in? You speak to one person, then another, and another. The process slows, or stops. You enquire, and are told that, yes, they’re still very much interested and will let you know soon. Sometimes you hear back, sometimes not, weeks or months…

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Where Do You Stand?

One of the most critical yet vexing challenges at work is to determine exactly where you rank within the company. You may think you’re doing well because you hit your numbers, or that you’ve got a a great way with peers/subordinates/clients, or simply from riding an economic wave, a rising tide lifts all boats.Conversely, you may think that one slip…

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[WSJ Article] Asian Locals Facing Ceiling in Multinationals in Asia

An interesting insight and analysis into why, in Asia, most locals are facing a glass ceiling as employees in a Western organisation. The article also talks about the trend of multinationals relying on Western expatriates to fill top positions, even decades after having expanded into the region. By Mariko Sanchanta and Riva Gold An excerpt: HONG KONG—As Western multinationals ratchet…

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Illegitimi Non Carborundum

Out for my daily morning constitutional with the dog this morning, and ran into one of the neighbours whom I see sometimes walking his dogs, and exchange pleasantries. I know he's been looking around the market of late, and asked him if he'd landed any bites. "No, and actually things are getting a bit heated up there, not good." "What's…

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Watch Your Back

I recently caught up over lunch with a friend. She’d recently been promoted, and had to compete for the role with one other person-I’ll call him Ace-who had a more top-down (Oh hell, I’ll say it, micro-managing style) and rigid management style, more filial piety than collaborative, you know the type. Ace was, however, very astute at managing upward, always…

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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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