Tag: Business

The Job Hunt: Offer in the Hand Better than the Offer in the Bush?

A Bird in the Hand

After a few months of patient networking as I’d coached him had not produced the new job my client sought, frantic had begun to set in. He could see that his current job was one or two more bad quarters away from a likely company shut down. While he might have some time, he didn’t […]

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Welcome to Paradise (Drive)

New welcome mat from my parents

The annual “welcome coffee” for parents the first morning of this fall term for my son’s grade school should be a no-brainer for others to emulate yet hunch is it isn’t. Turns out, as I asked around, that most places don’t do anything like it. Why not? Why does it seem so hard to do […]

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When Whispers Beckon: Someone Getting Fired?

Hungarian Telephone Factory - 1937. Budapest

There are execs who can’t seem to say goodbye – Howard Schultz and Michael Dell come to mind – while there are those who perform well such as Proctor & Gamble’s Art Lafley, who move on when their time as a CEO is up. The latter types of leaders make the transition to “civilian” status […]

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When Did SM – Social Media – Turn into Slimy Media?

Image representing TheLadders as depicted in C...

Caveat Emptor – something Stephen Colbert translates as tuff tittie – should be the motto for any buyer. Looks like it should be the same for any job hunter using social media to find their next gig. While many a job hunter has seen the Craiglist Scam Alert  (“affiliate scammers are posting bogus ads promising (nonexistent!) employment, […]

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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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One Simple Key to Success? Show Up – Here’s How

Woody Allen in concert in New York City.

There are the hard things to do to be successful in careers and business, and then there are the easy ones that get you along the way as well. This post is about on the easy ones. But first an intro story. My week last week was probably like yours; lost of stuff to do, […]

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Different Rules for Different Employees? Expect Different Behaviors

George Washington

In the land (perhaps) of no surprises, it turns out the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has one set of ethics guidelines for rank and file and a different set for the 24 executive directors who oversee the organization. As in the rules for the rank and file don’t apply to the senior execs. If the […]

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You’re the Boss: “When It’s Nobody’s Business!”

Steve Jobs presenting the iPhone 4 in San Fran...

It’s not about having the $500,000 credit line at Tiffany’s, or having your $43 million divorce news splashed across the tabloids. And it’s certainly not about the CEO of the year being busted in a child prostitution sting. But what do you do – as I coached a startup CEO yesterday – when something personal […]

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Sorry? Say So Effectively!

Sorry button

Last Friday the 13th (somehow fitting) was “sorry” day at  Back West’s world headquarters; three occasions that someone said to me “I’m sorry.” How effectively those apologies were tells you the things that make a sorry work, and how saying you’re sorry can also make the situation even worse. Here’s the three: Stephanie Smith, the […]

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Are You Putting Foxes in Your Chicken Coop?

Chicken in public market, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, M...

Recusal – one of my favorite 50¢ words – is the act of a judge (or anyone else) removing themselves from a process as a participant because of a conflict of interest. While there’s no bright line, there is still a line; step over it and you’re conflicted, stay on the “right” side and you’re […]

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