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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A small cross-cultural story

I had a chat last week with a senior regional executive, talking about talent management. She has been with her current company over 10 years, in Asia 3. She mentioned how irritated she was with her senior staff in China for not advising her one their key people had just quit. As she was not told immediately, her boss in…

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Cultural fit

I spend a lot of time assessing people on whether they will fit within a company. The higher up one goes, it is a given that you can do the job-but that is not a strategic hire. The focus is whether the person can communicate at various levels: Know what to say and when to hold off Understand how to…

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Hours worked

I had coffee the other day with a senior executive who told me how tired he was, never saw his family, always working late. Tough deadlines to be met, and an overly demanding boss doesn't help. 'What can I do?' he shrugged. Two ex-HR execs wrote a column in the new Business Week on line edition entitled "Results Count, Not…

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