Tag: Apple

A 10 Minute Meeting Worth Millions?

call center

It they’d been sipping brews or smoking cigarettes I probably wouldn’t have noticed. Instead what caught my eye and ear was the crew at the open deli kitchen of Bi-Rite Market talking about what they needed to be aware of and do to make the day go smoothly. I reminded me that sometimes the simplest way to […]

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[Life Back West] January 2013 – “Culture Bus”

Google Bus in NOPA

Sometimes you leave your full self – the kind of self that people who know you well and live with or around you see all the time – behind when you go off to work or school. Sometimes, though, you get to bring not only that full self, but folks from neighborhood that go along […]

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Mostly in the Wording: When Would You Like Me to Start?

I had coffee with a colleague I’ll call Andy; he’s got a problem. You might have the same problem too. Subject? How to (finally) get an offer from a firm that’s been courting him for  10 months. Position scope change, multiple lunches and interviews, headcount freezes and freeze liftings have all come and gone without […]

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[Tone from the Top, cont.] Binders Full of Women

Binders full of .......(women)??

While the Twittersphere exploded with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women”  it shouldn’t have been any surprise. Guess what? Romney has lot of company. Many, many organizations lack decent diversity at the leadership level of one sort or another, whether it be racial/ethnic diversity or male/female diversity. What’s “decent” diversity? Enough of something […]

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What Happens When the New Boss F**ks Up?

It happens. The new senior hire (formerly called a senior suit in the days when the males who mostly occupied those roles actually wore matching jackets and pants) is keen to make their mark at the new place so they make changes. Often big ones. Sometimes those changes work, and sometimes they bomb. New CEO […]

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[Life Back West] October 2011 – “The Gleaning”

Star Route Farms Gleaning

Models – as in people who do the things you want to do or be rather than slinky young men and women walking down a fashion runway – are the pathways from our dreams to our realities. It’s seeing somebody you know do something – and even people you don’t know but imagine you could […]

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RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs changed millions of lives. I know; he changed mine too. From time to time people come along who greatly inform you, either by their immediate presence or the impact of their work. Jobs did both; from the “insanely great” products he strove (and drove others crazy) to build to the example he set […]

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Should You Hire Your Own Boss and Other Mistakes

Steve Jobs and John Sculley

Like dipping into the summer water of Northern California (Wow! Pretty cold!) if you’re teaching someone to swim in the San Francisco Bay, I spend time for the executive and career coaching part of my work with recruiters, executive search consultants, and sometimes applying for jobs. How else to know how the job market works […]

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[Tips for CEOs] Practice, Practice, Practice

Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07

Steve Jobs on a bad day is a better presenter than 99% of the stage show CEOs in the world. Is it his theme setting, demonstrated enthusiasm, using an outline, and ability to make numbers meaningful as suggested by communications coach Carmine Gallo’s post “Deliver a Presentation like Steve Jobs?” No. And men’s NBA shooting […]

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RIP Walter Breuning: Smarts & Wisdom – and Why You Need Both

Picture of Walter Breuning, taken on April 8, 2010

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions” suggested Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes, one of the 20th century’s most influential public figures, was on to something. While youth (and fresh eyes) serve well with certain types of situations – think Emperor’s New Clothes, quant analysis, or the brilliance behind the Apple’s […]

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