Tag: San Francisco

[CFO Job Hunters Version] What Do Employers Really Want?

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One mystery for more senior job hunters is the  question of “What do employers really want?” in terms of backgrounds, skill sets and experience. Thanks to one executive search person you can get one good answer – particularly if you’re looking fill a Chief Financial Officer role. Karen Quint of Spencer Stuart addressed the San […]

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[Jerry Rice] The (Simple) Secret to Your Success

There is a secret to your success. It’s on page 9 of the Sunday, February 9, 2010 print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle’s article about American professional football player Jerry Rice. It’s the same secret that Malcolm Gladwell covered in Outliers, when he reported on the work of K. Anders Ericsson. It’s the same […]

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[Scott Berkun] How “Trying” Improves Your Performance

Readers of this blog know that the body of emerging research by people like Carol Dweck from Stanford or Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvannia show that trying, self discipline, and constant learning – rather than simply going to the right schools, having a high IQ, or having the right credentials – is what […]

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[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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[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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[Career Planning Tips] Breakfast with Jane

There are lots of ways to start a career: many of us fall into one after starts and stops, and others put some reflective thought into the project and figure most things out before the career has taken off. While the stories behind the former cases are interesting, it’s the narrative of the latter cases […]

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[Organization & Culture] Who Stole My Levi’s?

I grew up with Levi’s. As a kid raised in Oregon, they were the jeans and cords that I wore to school, to play, and if I could have done it, to bed. They were what kids from the West wore and they were as dependable and reliable as you could get. Along the way, […]

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

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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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