Tag: Back West

[Through the Glass Door] Layoffs at McKesson?

From some simple analytics from WordPress and Google, you can find out the referring sites that people link from to get to this website, the words people use in search engines to visit, and even the places from which their computer is logged on (3 visitors from Boise, 2 visitors from Budapest, none from Bangor).

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[New Rules] The Interview: People Aren’t That Curious

A nice Sea Gull

One of the challenges for someone being interviewed for a job, or considered for any other opportunities for that matter, is how to be accurate, honest, and not torpedo your chances. It’s can be a curious dance: one part forward, two parts weave

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[Through the Glass Door] Does Art Levinson Stay at Genentech?

Folks like Art – as well as many if not most of the Genentech exec team – have lots of options. Everyone loves a winner, and loves a winner with a string of success even more. And the with a retention plan in place that only keeps folks until the summer, my bet is that a la Chiron a number of folks leave once the plan’s handcuffs are off.

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[Through the Glass Door] Barclays and iShares: Is Breaking Up Hard to Do?

While breaking up was tough in high school, if it happens with BGI’s iShares you can see first hand how tricky – or easy – it gets in business. For people in financial services it offers a chance to see if a new owner brings better – or worse performance. For organizational development and human resources types, it will offer a first hand peek at things that work, and things that don’t in organizational change.

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[Land O’Spin] On the (Mini) Beach

I don’t know if it’s my low-grade fever, or the horizontal viewing angle from two days in bed, but it seems that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (or his handlers) continue to struggle to find the setting that works for him. Like John McCain behind a teleprompter, the settings in which Geithner has been placed: speaking behind teleprompters, testifying behind those long tables on the Hill, on-camera and off, and standing and speaking extemporaneously at press conferences have all bounced.

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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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[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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