Tag: Barcalys Global Investors

[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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[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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[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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[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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[Land O’Spin] Paging Jane Higa

We all get asked to make assessments– a more polite word for judgments – and frankly most of us aren’t very good at it. Typically the descriptive words we use are vague at best, can get easily lost in translation from one person to another, and have their basis in some assumed sense of common underpinning qualities. For day-to-day life it works mostly – until it doesn’t – and the bump can be large and noticeable (e.g. “banking credit problem”).

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10 Secrets Headhunters (Usually) Don’t Tell You – Part 7 of the series “Choose Me, Hire Me!”

Top Secret!

Even in a down market, jobs are can be hard for employers to fill for a variety of reasons and some form of search agency is utilized: hard technical requirements, over choosiness on the part of the employer, requisite discretion when replacing an unknowing incumbent, or the job is of such a nature or level where candidates are unlikely to come forward themselves and need to be surfaced directly.

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