Tag: New York Times

Why were you fired? “I’m not altogether sure”

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It happens. Out of the blue an exec (or anyone else) gets whacked. Sometimes it’s a clear quantitative reason (e.g. sales goals weren’t met). But many times it’s not. And that not-so-clear can be for a host of reasons frequently including “bad” fit. And at the top, where competence is a given, fit is what what sometimes […]

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Tips for Great Communicators: Match Medium & Method with Message

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You can lack efficiency and effectiveness in how you communicate. Or you can have both. Here’s how. As background, it always helps to be clear about what you’re trying to communicate. Simply pass on information, or engage in a discussion and check for understanding? Ask for feedback, or do a data dump and run? Great […]

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Why You (Too) Need a Plan B

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It would be great if everything we tried in our careers worked out the way we planned. Sometimes it happens. And sometimes it doesn’t. In both cases, you – and me too – need a Plan B. I know; I’m at one of those inflexion points in my practice where either things change over the […]

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Tips for CEO’s: How to Avoid the Clichéd Recruiting Tactic

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Getting and keeping great talent is one of the biggest jobs any CEO may have. So why (the subject of this post) can the getting part be so tough? It’s hard for any number of reasons. Here are some of them: CEO time for successful CEOs is measured in microseconds; lots to do, not much […]

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The Boss is Queer; Does it Matter?

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Public business figures disclosing their sexual orientation is big news this week. Should it be? Rick Welts, CEO and President of the Phoenix Suns, a men’s professional team in the top tier of the elite National Basketball Association announced he is gay in an article – A Sports Exec Dares to Leave the Safety of […]

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Are the “Best Places to Work” Really the Best Places to Work?

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The San Francisco Business Times announced its Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for 2011. This year’s ranking brought nominations from 301 companies representing employees in 12 counties around the greater Bay Area. The eighth annual Best Places to Work awards recognized the top employers in five categories based on company size. Are the “Best […]

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Laura Ching and the Culture Club: How Do You Build a Great Workplace?

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Laura Ching of Tiny Prints has a thoughtful interview in this past Sunday’s New York Times; Corner Office: On Mondays, Look Forward to Coming In with reporter Adam Bryant. Mostly the interview is about building a company and culture, and Laura’s got some advice that any company builder (and/or CEO) could use: Spend time upfront. […]

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Cherry Trees Are Blooming: Anyone Notice?

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People want to be successful, which is usually a combination of being effective (doing the right thing) and efficient (doing things well), putting folks down a path to achieving favorable results. Sometimes – as counterintuitive as it seems – that means doing less, not more. Optimal performance (think weight training, writing a dissertation, running a […]

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When Greed Turns Ugly: The Winklevoss Twins vs. Facebook Capers

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I admire chutzpah; it’s the quality that enables entrepreneurs to strike out on their own – when many aren’t brave or foolhardy enough – and it’s what can take organizations and individuals from “almost made it” to “congratulations.” What is admirable chutzpah can turn sour if it veers further south into entitlement and greed; “I […]

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