[New Rules] 5 Landmines to Sidestep When Changing Jobs

Landmine Explosion during UNMIN Training

Changing jobs in today’s economy is tough enough without adding complexity. But something as seemingly straight forward and simple as moving from one organization to another for a job change can get sketchy if you manage to make some highly avoidable mistakes.

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[New Rules] The CEO on the Couch

One of the cardinal sins of leaders is to think out loud. More tears have been shed by subordinates springing half-formed thoughts into reality than you can imagine. But how and who, particularly in these tough times, does a CEO talk with to make partially baked thoughts into fully formed solutions?

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[Land O’Spin] What’s YOUR Test Score?

Employment testing is great if it predicts performance in a role. If it doesn’t then test results are suggestive at best, and like firearms, not something that should be in the hands of kids or amateurs. And while, as my former boss Magnus Lundberg might observe, testing diagnoses what’s in somebody’s head, it misses what is in somebody’s heart. And since success is frequently a matter of both head and heart, it misses a good chunk of the story.

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[Through the Glass Door] The Genentech Acquisition: An Open Letter to Basel

As the new owners you might want to think about how you’re going to keep some of the current great talent, or even attract new talent when some of the newly minted Genentech millionaire employees decide to do the unusual and really retire. It’s not easy – the people who settled in North America in the old days were adventurers and today’s inhabitants still are. I meet these entrepreneurial souls all the time, and a few of them are even from Switzerland, where they say (sorry for the candor) that the phrase “Swiss creativity” is an oxymoron.

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[Life Back West] March 2009 – The Value of Experience

A little experience goes a ways, and a lot of experience goes even further. It may not mean you know the answers to the future, but it provides a data set that is significantly greater than those who are newly initiated. I remember Todd Wanerman from the preschool our son Traylor attended (and on whose board […]

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[Land O’Spin] Addition by Subtraction

What I do know however is while it’s not unusual to have some churn at any firm, significant executive turnover in a business that had been formerly achieving strong results is in my experience a flag that the problems are likely above – managers senior to somebody like an exec like Terry Watson – that the this churn is likely to continue until that area gets sorted out.

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[New Rules] Seven Job Tips from the Last Four Recessions

Having had the fortune to live and work through four recessions , the dynamics of the employment market and how most companies approach these sorts of times have gotten in better focus than when I first graduated – and encountered my first working-person recession in 1974.

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[Land O’Spin] I’ve got it, I’ve got it, what is it?

Why is getting good at this assessment business important? Because with those two abilities nailed – getting good at noting behaviors and knowing what to look for – you can begin to do some serious, highly suggestive (heading toward predictive) assessing on a number of things: employee hiring, employer preferences, choosing a spouse/partner, even selecting a school for your kids to attend.

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