Tag: Barclays Global Investors

[Through the Glass Door] BlackRock Announces Barclays Global Investors Job Cuts

Bloomberg reports that the BlackRock filing with the State of California indicated that 89 positions (out of more than 1,500+) were eliminated as a result of BlackRock’s integration of Barclays Global Investors. Barclays PLC had sold San Francisco-headquartered BGI to BlackRock earlier this year in a move to increase capital reserves to meet United Kingdom […]

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[Life Back West] October 2009 – “Moving Day”

Boxes weren’t packed but files had been saved and addresses were changed: it was moving day at BackWest.com earlier this month. Gone was the former hosting company Dotster, whose spotty reliability made visiting the Back West website a hit and miss proposition. “New” was web hosting company JustHost.com, (#2 on this ratings recap here ). […]

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[The BGI Integration] Welcome to BlackRock: “Louder, Faster, Angrier”

Culture change resulting from mergers and acquisitions can be interesting though usually more interesting on the acquiring than acquired side of the bargain. In one or both cases it involves change. Any change, while fun to some, is dreadful for others. And when it involves culture change, it hits people right in the values and behaviors […]

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Can You Trust the Recruiter?

Trust Me (book)

The voice at the other end of the voicemail sounded sincere and the message they left earlier about the possible job sounds great. But is too good to be true just that: too good to be true? And can you trust the recruiter who left the message? The short answer is “maybe”. And here’s more. […]

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[New Rules] Career Planning: How to Be “Discovered”

Christopher Columbus voyages

Just as in sports, some people in business seem to have the knack – and luck – of being in the right place at the right time. But how do they do it, and what can you learn from them that can work for you? Here are six things you can do to raise your […]

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[New Rules] Did You Flunk the Test?


You have a testing problem – you probably just don’t know it. As noted earlier [here , here and here ], the use of psychological and personality tests to make hiring and promotion decisions is on the uptick. With the recent US Supreme Court Ricci vs. Stefano decision, any number of ill-advised HR types will […]

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I’ll Take China

My first trip to China last week as part of work with a client brought back memories of business from almost three decades ago. It was a different time and a very different place, but ff you worked in business in the 1980’s in the United States, all eyes seemed to be focused on Japan. […]

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[New Rules] 4 Antidotes for “The 7 Deadly Sins of Networking”

Railway network in Wrocław

Daria Steigman has a short post titled The 7 Deadly Sins of Networking that’s well worth the quick read. Networking, when done well, is about four things: interest, authenticity, follow through, and reciprocity . Avoid spending other people’s time if you’re not interested in their story but rather want to simply hijack them with your […]

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[The Job Interview] Sonia & the Senators

Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

The purpose of any job interview should be to answer one and perhaps two questions; 1) Does this person have the talent (background, experience, skills, abilities) to be successful at our firm / company / organization / department for role for which they’re interviewing, and, 2) Does the person likely have the qualifications for positions […]

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