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Entries from February 2009

Is your paycheck correct?

February 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

When you receive your paycheck each time, do you check and make sure it’s correct? I know some folks who never bothers to check — their paychecks are automatically deposited into their bank accounts. But, let me tell you that I have run into all sorts of payroll errors throughout my career: Travel expenses were […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Tools & Tips

Do Time Management techniques work?

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Some people simply dismiss self-help books. They believe in their own abilities. Some people turn to religion and God. They ask God for wisdom and help. some people constantly read self-helps books and look for ways to improve themselves. I’m curious — let’s pick one area of self-help, Time Management — do the Time Management […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips

What percentage of MBA students from a top business school had visited psychological counseling service?

February 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

While I was attending business school during the last recession, I had the opportunity to work on a very unique project. Due to confidentiality, I wouldn’t reveal the exact nature of the project. But, as part of the project, my team had several lengthy interviews with the university’s psychological counseling service — they provided counseling […]

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Tags: MBA

My wish list of blogging software improvements

February 25th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This blog is powered by WordPress. I composed most of the posts using the offline blog editor Microsoft Live Writer. I have run into several “pain points”. Below is my wish list of blogging software improvements: This blog receives hundreds of comments each day. A lot of these comments are spams. I would like to […]

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Tags: Product Management · Tools & Tips

The Hot Dog Guy

February 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

I work at a 4-building office complex. One thing most of us look forward to every Wed is the hot dog stand – a guy will show up at 11:30AM and sell Hot Dog plus a soda and a bag of chip for $5. Although there are nice restaurants and fast food places within walking […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Product Management · Start-up Success

How to identify bad boss: The boss who is always late

February 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This post was originally published last September. I just read “Warning Signs About Your Future Boss: A Checklist” by Professor Bob Sutton of Stanford University, who is a workplace expert and author of the best selling The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t. I would like to add one […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work

How much did Dow drop during Great Depression?

February 20th, 2009 · No Comments

The Dow is below 7,400 as I’m writing this post (9:47AM, Friday, 2/20/2009). It’s down 47% from it’s all-time high. Are we near the bottom? Probably not. Just to add a little bit of historical perspective — the Dow dropped from a top of 381.17 before the crash in 1929 to a low of 41.22 […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

Depression 2.0 Survival Guide — February, 2009 Edition

February 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

In this Issue State of Job Market from recruiter’s perspective Laid-off Microsoft employees spoke up! — Results of GeekMBA360.com Layoff Satisfaction Survey Job Search Strategies & Tips in a difficult economic environment How to develop your career during recession and protect yourself Feel depressed, confused, frustrated, and purposeless? — Inspirations and Tools! Industry/company analysis Maintain […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

GM asks for another $18 billion bail-out money and plans to lay off 47,000

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

This is unbelievable. General Motors on Tuesday said it could need up to $30 billion from the Treasury Department to keep operating. Included in that amount is $13.4 billion the company has already received. Previously, GM had said it could need as much as $18 billion. – Source: Yahoo Finance GM’s survival plan also calls […]

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Tags: Beat Recession

More reader-reported lay-off news

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

XO Communication announced on Friday, 2/13/2009 that they are laying off 290 people in the Dallas Area. Charles Rivers Laboratories just laid off 35 people in Spencerville, OH on Feb 10, 2009 The Medical Center of Central Georgia announced staff reductions late last year (2008) totaling 208 due to “position cuts”. Related posts that might […]

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