Keep the tongue in check

Over the weekend my daughter was out with her friends. She needed to be back at a certain time, and as it got later, I got irritated, thinking what I was going to say to her when she called. In passing (as my ire grew), I mentioned to my son that if she didn't get back, she'd be grounded—I added…

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Never assume what your boss thinks

People who spend their time working—and working hard—often make an assumption that their boss knows how hard they work. It is not necessarily true, and speaks of a juvenescence for those who have not learned how to promote themselves. Your boss has a few hundred things to do, and it is not likely he or she is fully aware of…

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Wound-up exec

Phone call yesterday, senior software exec who just got a promotion and pay raise to run an AP sales division, doing what he likes to do..The promotion came from his old boss in the US, new boss in Asia doesn't seem as keen in letting him run the division, wants to get more involved with the day-to-day than this exec…

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A small cross-cultural story

I had a chat last week with a senior regional executive, talking about talent management. She has been with her current company over 10 years, in Asia 3. She mentioned how irritated she was with her senior staff in China for not advising her one their key people had just quit. As she was not told immediately, her boss in…

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Cultural fit

I spend a lot of time assessing people on whether they will fit within a company. The higher up one goes, it is a given that you can do the job-but that is not a strategic hire. The focus is whether the person can communicate at various levels: Know what to say and when to hold off Understand how to…

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