Tag: Barclays

[Reading Tea Leaves] Candidate Job Fair Suggests Job Market Uptick

As someone who worked with a quantitative asset management firm – Barclays Global Investors –  I know the value of seeing data in terms of broad patterns. But as someone who has worked extensively with the research and development side of biotech, I’ve also learned to note signs and signals by the ones and twos. […]

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[Coaching] 2 Ways to Increase Your Effectiveness: Two Sides, Same Coin

The challenge for most of us is to do more with less: less time, fewer resources, and do it more efficiency and effectively. Sounds like a tall order but grabbing a moment to pause, think, and then act will frequently help you do all three. Pulling rabbits out of hats? Nope. Just performance basics that […]

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[Dept. of Bad Advice] How You Can Interview Well. . .

Cover of "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas S...

. . . and Disregard Dan and Chip Heath’s How-to-Interview Recommendations I think Made to Stick by Dan and Chip Heath is a really good book. Most of the Heath brother’s content is great, both in their book, as well as in their monthly column for Fast Company. But even Babe Ruth stuck out, and […]

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[Through the Glass Door] BGI: Discarding the Emperor’s New Clothes

Merger integration activities are in full swing in a least two (three if you count Oracle and Sun) places this month. Company watchers in financial services and biotech / pharma will be able to see first hand in the next year how skillful acquirers BlackRock (acquirer of San Francisco-headquartered Barclays Global Investors aka BGI) and […]

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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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[Companies like Pfizer, BlackRock & You] It’s Your (Job) Life

Logo of Pfizer Incorporated.

Corporations make decisions for all sorts of reasons. You will not benefit from all of them. And because of that it’s important that you manage your career and your life rather than hope that someone else will manage it well for you. Some corporate decisions, like Pfizer’s plug-pulling of its development of a major biotech […]

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[Through the Glass Door] The Sale of BGI to BlackRock: Does I Do Mean I Will?

It appears that the done deal is in fact a done deal: New York City-based BlackRock Investment Management will purchase Barclays Global Investors, a unit of London-based Barclays PLC, for $13.5 billion. As part of the transacton, Blackrock will pay $6.6 billion dollars in cash and the rest in shares to Barclays. Barclays will hold […]

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[Barclays Global Investors & iShares] Will the Sale Be Called Off?

Part of what has caused rumored ongoing discussion (e.g. “water cooler” talk) at Barclays Global Investors and its iShares division is that the shake out on who stays and who likely goes depends on who acquires – if anyone – the unit(s). As pointed out in earlier posts here , here ,  and here , […]

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[New Rules] The Name Game: What Job Title Should You Ask For?

Job Titles

Mike Latham, who I know through my work at Barclays Global Investors, is a good guy and a good manager: He gets things done, is transparent in his dealings, is funny, works hard, knows the business, and is respected and liked by the people with whom he works. His job title – CEO of United […]

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