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Entries from February 2010

The never grow up, dependent and confused young adult

February 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This is a serious problem. It’s more common than you might think. It’s heart wrenching for the parents and siblings. No matter how accomplished and wealthy they are, they feel powerless in dealing with this problem. In the past few years, directly and indirectly, I have known several families who are facing this very difficult […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

Is this ethical? Or even legal?

February 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Secret of Profitability (SOP) is a high profile start-up in the Silicon Valley. It’s "high profile" because it has two of the most famous venture capitalists on earth sitting on its board. it had received $100 million in venture funding. its senior management consists of super stars from major internet companies such as Google […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Start-up Success

You should be ready to leave immediately

February 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Jake called me yesterday morning. He informed me that he just gave notice to his boss. He was leaving his employer. Jack called me because I was one of his customers, and we had collaborated for the past three years. Jake was a member of the senior management team in his company. On the surface, […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Frustration@Work

Don’t try to get a job and make a career transition at the same time in bad economy

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Lately I have talked to several friends and acquaintances who are actively looking for jobs. They share one thing in common: they have been laid off by their previous employers. But, instead of feeling bitter about the experience, they’re using it as a turning point to find something better and more fulfilling. To certain extent, […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Don’t work for the same company for too long

February 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Jimmy had been working for the same employer for almost a decade. His employer was a recently funded start-up when he joined the company as a contractor. He performed well, and was soon hired as a professional service consultant. Jimmy had great customer facing skills. Customers loved his work. He won an excellent employee award […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Recruiting & Job Hunting

How did you guys meet?

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments

"How did you guys meet?" — this is one of the most commonly asked questions we ask couples who are in love. Over the years, I have heard many answers. "We were high school sweethearts. We have known each other since we were thirteen years old." "We were in the same English class during our […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

Same old, same old

February 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

A few years ago I ran into an acquaintance at the Phoenix Airport. He had been working as a post sales consultant for the same company for several years. I asked him: "How are things going?" He said: "The same old shit, the same old shit". Have you had your own "same old" moment/day/week/month/year/decade?  You […]

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Tags: Work/Life Balance

What are your Non-Negotiables?

February 1st, 2010 · No Comments

A lot of people go through their lives without knowing what they want. I used to be that way myself. As I wrote in your relationship with your parents have a lot to do with your career success, around the time I graduated from college, I came to the painful realization that I didn’t know […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · MBA