Why I’m keeping my Blackberry a bit longer: a user’s rant

I am tired of reading snarky analysts who deride the Blackberry. I know what’s happening with the company, I read the papers. I know about their co-CEO hubris, lack of foresight, and how the visionaries at Apple told the public what they needed to buy, changed the paradigm, and how the iPhone has revolutionised the world; I can recite much…

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Why A CV Still Matters

I look at CVs every single day, which gives me license to know how a well written one should read. As people usually despise writing their CV, many are in need of repair. The benefit of grappling (only for a few hours at most) with your own CV is that it forces you to confront yourself. What you write about…

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Leaning On Rather Than Leaning In

When I speak to people in transition, I often recommend they consider making their own (informal) advisory board. The thinking is quite simple. If someone is transitioning, thinking about what they’ll do next, it can be unfamiliar terrain for many. Uncertainty often leads to a fair amount of second guessing or hesitancy. In those sorts of settings, it makes sense…

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Learning to Subtract

Learning how to subtract, to let go, delegate, outsource, reduce—eliminating to be stronger—is easily lost when the talk tilts towards "more on the plate to do". This is not meant to a counter intuitive Zen-like blog post, and we will now chant mantras virtually. It is a reminder that we can all subtract certain things to improve ourselves, a 'clean-out-the-clutter'…

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My Father and Bragging Rights

I seldom write about myself or my family, not that sort of blog, but this is an off-line one. My father (and mother) are in their 86th year, closing in on their 61st anniversary. Both in fine fettle, and as he says to me, "all problems are minor"–although not sure my mother would agree. A former professor of finance and…

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Check….. Your Move

When I speak to people about what they’re thinking of doing next, some appear to be steadily progressing, others in the midst of curves being thrown at them. We all grapple with future career plans, and how to transition to the next step: Should I stay and tough it out or just get the hell out right now? Should I…

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LinkedIn does NOT solve all hiring

I’ve recently read more and more articles which state, unequivocally, that LinkedIn and social media will disintermediate the executive search business. Companies will seldom need help from headhunters, or even recruiters. It will go the way of the travel agency, and more organisations now tout their internal recruiting arm as a more cost efficient way to get talent on board.…

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Celebration for cause

It isn’t really important to decide when you are very young just exactly what you want to become when you grow up. It is much more important to decide on the way you want to live. If you are going to be honest with yourself and honest with your friends, if you are going to get involved in causes which…

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