The smart-ass at work

My one strong piece of advice to those entering the work force; Don’t be a Smart-Ass. Here’s what smart-asses do at work: [list style="circle"] They do not take instructions well. Work is about doing what you’re asked to do-the way the boss or the company wants it done. If you want to do it differently, build it over time, steadily,…

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Coaching Conversations

I met with someone a while ago to determine whether he wanted coaching, and for him to eyeball me. He came out swinging. A Hobson's Choice in a way, as his boss had instructed that we meet. A senior exec with a regional role, many years work experience and quite knowledgeable in his business, here's the gist of that conversation:…

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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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FYI to Boss? Boss says ANW

Many people I coach have challenges communicating effectively with their boss. They often think the boss automatically understands them, and that what worked previously will work again with a new company or boss. I had coffee with one such person last week. He explained that he greatly respects his boss–thinks he’s smart, experienced, knowledgeable, someone learned. But my friend has…

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Ain’t no one gonna save ya, honey

I recently met with someone who wanted career help. When we sat down to talk, she came unglued. Her company was going through a large re-org (who isn’t..) the team's budget had been cut, uncertainty over who or what would arise from the ashes of the re-org, and she was being pulled 100 different directions. Sound familiar? When she regained…

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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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