John Wooden and The Rambam

I was leafing through one of John Wooden’s books on leadership the other day. Wooden was a stickler for "old-fashioned values" and reading it over, I mused what the opposite might be.. Do (leadership) values change with the times? I don’t think so. Technology/social media/apps, global/cross-cultural/diversity and inclusion, all nudge around the edges of communication or edification, but not values.…

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Nosce te ipsum, especially when interviewing

For those who read this regularly, you may know that when it comes to interviewing and hiring, I’m an advocate of knowing your strengths, not dwelling on what you cannot do. Questioning someone to tease out their weaknesses is often a waste, as a smart interviewer will reverse it to show a weakness as a strength. Such interview banter often…

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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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The CV is alive and well, thank you

Last week was typical-I had 4 people ask for help with their CV. All senior, around 25 years work experience, all very smart and polished. None had done a CV in years, hesitant about where to start, length, format, content, buzzwords to put in or avoid. All had a crie de coeur of 'Aaarrggh, I hate this', along with angst…

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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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The Song Is You..

Which, by the way, was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.. I’d written in my recent blog on “How to Find a Job” of the importance in being comfortable when looking for another position, in knowing how to talk about yourself with poise. It bears repetition. I find many executives tongue-tied when it comes to saying out loud-and to…

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