Why should we not hire you?

One of my clients was an American Fortune 100 Company. They often promoted internally, but did go outside for certain senior hires, for which I worked with them in various Asian markets. It was paramount that candidates could fit into their [very American] culture, with its own distinct culture and language–senior management would often engage each other and external partners…

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Win the Boss Over–5 Points

I recently had coffee with a friend, reminiscing about his previous company and one of the co-CEO's there who has since moved on.    "Smart guy," my friend said, "although we never got along very well."    "Why?"    "You were either with him or against him, not a lot of grey. I wasn't part of his inner circle."    "I got that already,…

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The authentic voice when interviewing

The authentic voice. Companies want to hear it from candidates when interviewing, and candidates always need to think about finding their cadence in an interview. But what does an "authentic voice" really mean within in a corporate setting, whether interviewing or maneuvering through the organisation? Authenticity often radiates from comfort–borne by repetition; confidence in knowing what you do well; and…

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The Mechanics of Manners; 10 points

More than simply being polite, better to describe manners as the "instruction booklet" for humans. In today's topsy-turvy world of social media, manners matter even MORE than in the past. Friction is caused by two objects moving into each other, and manners lubricate the friction. None of us are born with good manners; we all have to be told how…

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…Then Your Face Will Surely Show It

One of the challenges we all face at certain times is having ‘satisfying work.’ If the job we do daily is not in sync with our goals, values or aspirations, it’s a mismatch. That may be corrected–by changing one’s attitude, changing the job itself or moving into a different surrounding. In other words, exert some internal or external change to…

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Coaching Conversations

Over a coffee not long ago: -I’m looking around, curious to see what else is out there -That’s fine, nothing the matter with that. Anything in particular that is spurring you on right now to look? -Do you know my boss? -Yes, but not well. -He and I are very different–I consider myself more diplomatic, quieter, I guess, and less…

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I Must Have That Man

Do you ever wonder why companies take so long to hire? Especially if you’re a candidate they’re interested in? You speak to one person, then another, and another. The process slows, or stops. You enquire, and are told that, yes, they’re still very much interested and will let you know soon. Sometimes you hear back, sometimes not, weeks or months…

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The smart-ass at work

My one strong piece of advice to those entering the work force; Don’t be a Smart-Ass. Here’s what smart-asses do at work: [list style="circle"] They do not take instructions well. Work is about doing what you’re asked to do-the way the boss or the company wants it done. If you want to do it differently, build it over time, steadily,…

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