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Entries from November 2008

Joe Shmoe

November 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Hi, Team It is with mixed emotions that I inform you, as of today, Joe Shmoe is no longer with NextIPOHomeRun Inc. Joe has done a tremendous job selling our flagship product. We appreciate the hard work he has done and also who Joe is as an individual. We can all say that he has […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Corporate Ladder

Seven things you should do immediately after layoff

November 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Immediately fill out the required government forms so that you can start receiving unemployment checks from government. Cut your expense, save money and conserve cash. Know your cash expense, your cash reserve, and your burn rate. Find 30 – 60 minutes of time for yourself each day — take a walk. Go to the gym. […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

Beat recession saving tips: designer and affordable holiday gift for new mom

November 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

In my start-up of 80 employees, we had 7 babies born this year! There must be something going on in the water in the office. To celebrate the births, I have bought my shares of gifts for new moms. If you’re looking to buy something, I highly recommend Bebe au Lait: Ivory Eyelet . My […]

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Tags: Saving Tips

Anatomy of a business start-up – ScooterGirls Inc.

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

“You know what, I have to expect I’m gonna lose my job. So what am I going to do about that? You either let it happen to you and be a victim in this economy or you say, "I’m not going to be a victim." – Arlene Battishill, founder and CEO The job market is […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Start-up Success

7 tips to improve your chance to get into a top business school

November 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve received a lot of emails from folks who are considering applying business schools. If you’re *thinking about* business school now, you probably won’t be able to apply until next fall. I don’t see any end to our current financial crisis any time soon. Each day more layoffs are announced. Business school applications and enrollment […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · MBA

Are you worried about a dismal future with few opportunities?

November 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I came across a great quote from Ken Fisher, a self-made billionaire and ranks #281 on the 2008 Forbe 400 list of richest American. I just bought his newest book: The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) (Fisher Investments Press). Here is what Ken commented about […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

The New Product Manager: How to work effectively with engineering team

November 15th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Write detailed, thorough product requirements. Be consistent — some product managers change their mind a lot. As a result, engineering has to change what they just implemented. Unless there is some strong reason to change the requirement, you should try to stick to what you propose initially, and be consistent. It will save engineering a […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Get Project Done · Product Management

Strategies to deal with frustrations at work

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Given the current financial crisis and job market, it’s getting pretty hard to switch jobs. I know a lot of people feel stuck at their current jobs. They’re frustrated. You feel that you’re not going anywhere. You are not getting promoted. You are concerned about what to do next. You feel that the upside of […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Frustration@Work

Deal with "internalized conflict"

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

As a product manager, I often find myself internalizing conflict: sales team wants development team to build a new feature or customize an existing feature so that they can close a deal. Engineering team has its own schedule and resource constraints. They don’t like to be distracted by the one-off request. Plus, sales tend to […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Get Project Done · Product Management

Breaking news: CEOs Tell Chicago Mayor They Plan Huge Layoff in November, December

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

"This is going to be all year, so it’s going to be a very frightening economy," Mayor Daley said. "Each one tells me what they’re laying off, and they’re going to double that next year. We’re talking huge numbers of permanent layoffs for people in the economy. It’s going to have a huge effect on […]

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