The good coach

The actor David Duchovny wrote a widely read op-ed in the Wall St Journal the other week. Titled, "What A Good Coach Does", he recalls his high school basketball days in New York. Long hair, cursing on the court, jumping up and down every time he scored. "I was concerned with how many points I made," he wrote. "On the…

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The mechanics of manners; 10 points

My children were on school break last week, doing the things teens do; hanging with friends, sleeping late, Facebook, Skype, videos, and sleepovers. My son had two of his friends sleep over, and were up until 2 AM or so. When they finally headed out the following afternoon, one of the boys said to me, "Thanks for having me over,…

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The interview addict

I wrote this last year for the Straits Times, and have gotten a number of requests for it, so here it is again.. [framed_box]Use your time to search for the right job, don't squander it on attending as many interviews as possible. People panic when looking for a new job. This creates a mindset of fear, and when fearful, one…

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Hit them where it hurts

A coffee conversation last week with someone who asked to meet me, almost always an indication they're looking for a job, which is fine by me. Senior professional with nearly 30 years work experience, and in his current role for nearly 4, he was indeed looking to make a move soon, ideally to a similar sort of role. 'What's your…

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Words to work with in 2010

Do what you have to do first, and then do what you like to do. Adjust your goals to fit your talents and limitations so that reduced goals don’t frustrate you. Know how to proportion the means to an end, so that you don’t fire a cannon to kill a caterpillar, or wave a rod to repel a wild bull.…

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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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What’s your corporate profile?

One of the challenges of working overseas, physically far from corporate, is that you become remote, literally. Lots of work to do in Asia, often with more impact than wherever corporate is, but if you have not profile back at HQ, you're in jeopardy. Had a delightful lunch today with a senior level guy who has been with a US…

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