Tag: Coaching

[How to Fire Someone] 5 Ways You Can “Hire Wrong”

Like the obese man who can’t understand how he’s gaining weight as he grabs a diet Coke to go with his triple Big Mac and large fries, one of the easiest ways to fire someone – like dieting incorrectly – is to hire wrong: right person hired into the wrong culture, wrong role, wrong supervisor, […]

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[How to Fire Someone] Part 1: The Termination

Fired red stamp

  The note from my cycling friend began:  “Hi Mike Part of my problem is that I’ve never fired (or even broken up) with anybody. Could you call me at your convenience – perhaps this afternoon?  I can’t remember some of your keywords/points. I would love if somebody could do this 4 me.” Firing people […]

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Dotster Web Hosting: Walmart Service in a Costco World

Image representing Dotster as depicted in Crun...

My web hosting company Dotster and I are getting a divorce – firing each other is another way to think about it. I’m not sure they know it, but they should. My bags are packed, the car is gassed up, and I’m just figuring out where to go next. And in this saga there’s a […]

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[Life Back West] June 2009 – Step Up Day

Transition markers for the big things in life abound: diplomas from schools, birth certificates of children, employee of the year plaques and deal tombstones . All of them shout out “big step” congratulations. But what marks the in-betweens – the minor and important accomplishments that put you in a position for those bigger deeds and […]

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[Career Planning: Mergers & Acquisitions] What Do You Do When the Rumors Start?

Nothing’s guaranteed except change, and in business (as well as more than just a few non-profits) that means a churn of possible mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions. Across the country biotech companies, financial services firms like asset managers, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms, and any number of companies in other sectors are all […]

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[New Rules] The Pace of Change – Uvalde, Texas 1953

Learnings come at all times, and in all places. This trip to Texas was no different. But first things first: people were polite friendly at the wedding and the events surrounding the weekend. No one was rude, or in any way inappropriate. The ceremony was nice, and the bride and groom looked great. Food – […]

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[Choose Me, Hire Me!] Networking for CEO’s?

What struck me in the article is the dread Mr. Sam approached networking, even with people with whom he had worked. As I’ve posted before in the nine-part series “Choose Me, Hire Me!” on this blog, developing AND maintaining an active network, apart from doing great work in your job, is likely the most important thing you can do to sustain your career.

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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] 5 Landmines to Sidestep When Changing Jobs

Landmine Explosion during UNMIN Training

Changing jobs in today’s economy is tough enough without adding complexity. But something as seemingly straight forward and simple as moving from one organization to another for a job change can get sketchy if you manage to make some highly avoidable mistakes.

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