What It Felt Like 8 Years Ago in the Chicago Suburbs. ‘The Economic Death of a Community is Hushed.’​

What It Felt Like 8 Years Ago In The Chicago Suburbs. ‘The Economic Death Of A Community Is Hushed.’​

My old friend Bob wrote the following in 2009. And before you read it, remember that Dodd-Frank was brought in after the 2008-09 financial crisis with the aim of avoiding another financial meltdown. Never a Mecca of excitement to begin with, my town—let’s just call it Sleepyville—was mostly composed of neat, modest middle-class homes and a series of national franchises…

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A CV is formal wear. LinkedIn is smart casual. Have both in your wardrobe.

A CV Is Formal Wear. LinkedIn Is Smart Casual. Have Both In Your Wardrobe.

I've recently read blogs stating you should burn your CV and only use LinkedIn. It's an inane premise, but seems to be gathering steam nonetheless. Time to set it straight. Both are now necessary when building one's career and profile. Both are quite different. No one dresses in the same style wherever they go, nor would anyone today think to…

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10 Points To Consider-The Importance of Workplace Manners In A World of A.I.

10 Points To Consider-The Importance Of Workplace Manners In A World Of A.I.

More than simple politesse, manners are the "instruction guide" for us humans. Indeed, manners matter even MORE today than in the past. Machines cannot be geared for manners, nor conscientiousness. As AI becomes ubiquitous, the importance of human behaviour will increase in utility. Friction is caused by two objects moving against each other. Manners are what we have created to…

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Your Three Main Network Groups. Use With Care.

Your Three Main Network Groups. Use With Care.

I recently spoke to someone going through a re-org within a large MNC, unsure whether he'll stay longer or be asked to move on. In the meantime, he was sending out notes to everyone he knew. The "Putting-Out-The-Word" shuffle, getting hold of the most valuable contacts to see if they could help. He wasn't having much luck. On the other…

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Onboarding vs.Waterboarding: How Not to Drown at the Outset

Onboarding Vs.Waterboarding: How Not To Drown At The Outset

‘Onboarding? More like waterboarding,’ said a friend when I asked if his new company was onboarding him at all. I later met up with someone else who said the new company’s onboarding strategy was to go around the office and introduce the COO, CMO, CIO (who essentially said ‘don’t bother me if you have questions, go to global HQ’.) and…

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Salary Negotiation; Another Story From The Trenches

Salary Negotiation; Another Story From The Trenches

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine, comparing notes on her business and mine. A lawyer by trade, she has worked for her current company–a US MNC–for about seven years. That day she was somewhat preoccupied by the pending merge she and her team will soon make, into another division of the company. It's actually beneficial for her,…

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