5 reasons why the boss doesn’t develop new talent

I often grapple with clients who can't seem to decide on whom to hire. I hear all sorts of reasons; the budget, the economy, quarterly earnings, changes in strategy, cultural fit, etc, ad nauseam. What it also means is that no decision is made. A search goes on that much longer, causing heartburn–if not burnout–for all involved. My value is…

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The lunatic boss

Ever worked for a lunatic? Not merely someone with a temper, but egomaniacal, unstable, who has all the power.. I have, and I daresay many of you have as well if you've worked long enough. Many years ago I worked with an Austrian who'd lived in Hong Kong for many years. He'd just been hired as a regional MD, the…

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Mister Martyr

Some of my conversations are with people who have become martyrs at work, much as they doth protest otherwise. They’ll likely contact me to 'explore the market', busy with their job, trading off personal time–and reputation–for the good of the company. Not much left for themselves, and scant time to build their [professional] profile. Many are genuinely sincere and helpful,…

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Hi-po hi-po, it’s outta here I go..

High potentials, "hi-po's", 'our future [company] leaders' in business argot.. The ones corporations ululate over, often for sound reasons. If an organisation has strong internal talent, they should recognise, challenge, motivate, and grow them, allowing such people to flex their muscles whilst building the company. But companies often lose those they want to keep. Why does that happen, given the…

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Those corporate games, Part II

On to Part II, highlighting some of the games at work most of us have experienced, or participated in.. [framed_box] Selective editing Ubiquitous at the office,but some take it to heights that are pernicious or worse. Example: a report or presentation is due, and the only information presented is to support a certain point of view, even if there are…

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