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Entries from January 2009

Four-Day Work Week

January 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The single most important factor in reviving our economy is job creation. Here is an idea: what if every American works four days a week, instead of five days? The results: each of us works a little bit less, and get a 20% pay reduction. better quality of life: one extra day a week, which […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

More layoff news from readers

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Note: I changed the text a little bit to protect confidentiality. “I got laid off from Long Lines on 1-20-09 and they are hurting for money planning on 100 more cuts and 25 more in customer care.” “Boeing in Seattle is laying off PMs that they hired less than a year ago.  Not sure how […]

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4 retail businesses that are doing well during recession

January 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Costco: I was at Costco over the weekend – what recession? It was crowed! Someone I knew who worked at Costco told me that their store was doing more business. I’m not surprised at all. Given its low price and high quality, I think Costco will do better than most retailers. Instead of going to […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Company Analysis

Are your experiences also your liabilities?

January 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Looking back on his first stint in the White House, Emanuel says, "If I knew in the first year of the first term what we knew by the first year of the second term, history would have been different." Yet no one knows better than Emanuel that he will have to retool himself in some […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track

“Best Job in the World” on paradise island

January 27th, 2009 · No Comments

I’m not making this up. 🙂 An Australian state is offering “the best job in the world”: The Island Caretaker position pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US Dollars), and include free airfare from the winner’s home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The job responsibilities include stroll the white sands snorkel the […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

GeekMBA360 Corporate Athlete Fitness Challenge Update #1

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

On January 16, 2009, I posted GeekMBA360 Fitness Goals for Q1, 2009 and Call to Action. Today, I’m pleased to report that reader rGal09 has joined my challenge. Today, we have both reported our progress for the week of 1/19/2009. I’ve created a “GeekMBA360 Corporate Athlete Fitness Challenge” page for weekly update. Want to find […]

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10 Professional Development Actions that you can take to make you more competitive in today’s job market

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Note: I use the word "Actions" instead of "idea, initiative, etc.". It doesn’t help to sit there and worry about recession and job market. It’s up to each of us to Take Actions to improve ourselves, and take control control our own destiny. Improve your interpersonal skills by taking a class such as Dale Carnegie’s […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Learning and Growing · Product Management

Five Career lessons we could all learn from President Obama

January 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Regardless of your party affiliation and political views, I think we could all learn a few things about how to manage and grow career from President Obama. Pursue passion, instead of chasing money. Fresh out of Columbia University, Obama took a 20K-a-year job as a  community organizer at Chicago. With his Ivy pedigree, I wonder […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track Launches Layoff Satisfaction Survey

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Today I’m pleased to announce that has officially launched Depression 2.0 "Layoff Satisfaction" Survey. Layoff is painful. We hope that our survey will keep employers more accountable for their actions, and treat employees fairly during this difficult economic time provide an outlet for laid-off employees to tell the true stories behind layoffs and set […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Frustration@Work

What’s the most effective way to network?

January 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

I don’t enjoy small talk. I know many people who think "networking" is more painful than having a root canal. 🙂 But, we all know that networking is very important for getting a job or running a business. The funny thing is that the most effective way to socialize and network has nothing to do […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Learning and Growing