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The #1 WORST food for your skin, joints & blood sugar

February 3rd, 2013 by GeekMBA360

I’m excited to announce to you today that our friends and nutrition gurus Catherine Ebeling and Mike Geary have just released a brand new manual called The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging.

In this book, they discussed the #1 WORST food for your skin, joints & blood sugar. (Beware and you might be surprised!)

This new manual is MUCH more than a list of foods… it’s actually 83 pages jam packed with all sorts of unique foods, herbs, spices, teas, little-known nutrients, and dozens of other tips and tricks to help you FIGHT the aging process and keep youthful joints, skin, organs, and muscles so that you look and feel 10 years YOUNGER than your real age!

I highly recommend you to read about the #1 WORST food for your ski, joints & blood sugar and check out the book The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging.

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Do not bad mouth your current employer when you interview with another company

January 22nd, 2013 by GeekMBA360

Someone I know recently interviewed with another company. He was one of the finalist but he didn’t get the job. So he is still work for his current employer while he continues to interview with other companies.

I happened to know several people at the company he interviewed at. I had lunch with them last week. Apparently they took took my friend to an happy-hour event after his interview. He bad-mouthed his current employer during the Happy Hour. He had every reason to be frustrated with his current employer. But, it’s unwise for him to say the bad things about his current employer.

First, if I’m the hiring manager, I will question this guy’s judgment – it doesn’t do him any good by bad mouth his current employer.

Second, this is a small world. You never know who knows whom. What if his current employer heard about his complaints? You put your own job security at risk.

Third, no matter how frustrated you’re, you don’t want to burn any bridges. In the end of day, when you leave a company, you will bring two things with you – and only two things – the relationships you have built, and the skills you have developed. Nothing else.

Be wise.

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CommentsTags: Career Fast Track · Career Transition

Choice of employer and age

January 22nd, 2013 by GeekMBA360

When I was fresh out of school, it was during the height of dotcom era. I had a group of friends who graduated from the same computer science programs. Most of us had 3 jobs in five years. You can call us job hoppers, but it was pretty common for young professionals to jump ship during the dotcom boom.

As I grow older and move up the corporate ladder, it is getting more difficult to switch jobs. I was just talking to a friend today who is also a mid-career professional.

With a family to support, stability of an employer becomes a higher priority. In a single-income environment, taking a start-up job is probably not a good idea. The base pay will be lower. And the upside of stock options is very risky.

The industry of desired employer also changes as we become older. Consumer technology company such as Facebook is a young man’s game. More experienced mid-career professionals are better suited for enterprise/B2B companies. Enterprise/B2B products are more complex, requires more specialized experience, and a deep understanding of business processes. In this type of companies, experiences become more valuable.

When you plan for your next job change, I suggest you to think about  your age and where you are in your career progression. Think ahead a little bit – time flies and age is an important factor in the high tech industry. You want to figure out the right niche for your career given your experience and expertise.

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Did someone put you into a box?

January 8th, 2013 by GeekMBA360

Did your manager put you into a box? You have a well defined set of responsibilities. Your manager will never let you get out of the box. He wants to handle the high-visibility activities. Explicitly and implicitly, you’re put into a box.

This happens a lot in corporate environment. This is because most middle level managers are terribly insecure. They are afraid that their subordinates will outshine them. They do whatever it takes to put their team members into the right boxes with clear boundary.

If you’re in a situation like this, my recommendation to you is that you need to assess if it is worthwhile to stay inside the box. Sometimes it might be a big box that you have a lot of room to learn and grow. But, keep in mind, at some points in the future, the box will be too suffocating and restrictive for your growth. You need to get yourself out of the box as soon as you can when you reach that point.

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The best career book I read in 2012

December 21st, 2012 by GeekMBA360

It is a book I read last week: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.

Why do I pick this book? It goes against the conventional career advice of following your passion, which is crap in my opinion. If you’re starving, following your passion is not going to help you.

Passion is one of the the most over used terms in career planning and management. This book is written by Cal Newport, an MIT trained computer scientist. He debunks the long-held belief that “following your passion” is good advice.

This book is a quick read but it reveals a new paradigm/perspective on building a successful career. If you are having issues with your job or career, you should check out this book.

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Have you heard about John Chow?

December 8th, 2012 by GeekMBA360

I started this blog in 2008 soon after I learned about John Chow and his blogging success.

John Chow makes over $40,000 a month from blogging by writing a blog titled “I make money by telling people how I make money”.

He was banned by Google a few years ago because Google felt he was gaming the search algorithm. But, John Chow figured out a way to grow his traffic exponentially without Google. Eventually Google caved in and re-indexed John Chow’s blog.

John Chow’s one-person online empire has allowed him to live a doctom life style – he owns house in West Vancouver, BC, Yarrow Points, WA, and Newport Beach, CA – all are very expensive and NICE places. He works in his own terms, and he doesn’t work that much.

I’m sure many of you want to live like the way John Chow lives. The truth is that John Chow is a brilliant online marketer and entrepreneur. He knows how to grow traffic exponentially in a very short period of time and monetize the traffic.

He just released a new product called Blogging with John Chow. If you’re interested in building a second income online, live a dotcom life style, and retire early, you should check it out.

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What is your current salary, annual bonus and stock grants?

December 8th, 2012 by GeekMBA360

Imagine you are interviewing with a potential employer. Everything is going really well. The employer has told you that they would like to offer you a job. However, to give you a competitive offer, they need to know your current base compensation, annual bonus percentage, and stock options and/or Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) you own.

How would you answer this question?

Here is my answer.

“I really enjoyed the interview process with company X. Thanks for considering offering me the job. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.

With regard to compensation, I would like to get compensated fairly and competitively. With the amount of information that is available on the Internet such as Payscale.com and Glassdoor.com, it’s pretty straightforward to find out if an offer is competitive or not given the job candidate’s experience and background. At the same time, I also want to stress that I evaluate job offer holistically, including the job content, the company, people, etc. Compensation is part of my decision making process, but there are other factors that are important to me as well. “

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Free bonus e-book: Training & Nutrition Insider Secrets for a Lean-Body

December 7th, 2012 by GeekMBA360

It has been 15 years since I graduated from college. When I was attending UC Berkeley I walked a lot around the campus. Walking was my primary means of transportation.I played a lot of basketball. I was skinny. Things changed very quickly after I started working in the software industry. I sat in front of a computer from morning to night. As a young professional I ate out a lot which meant I consumed a lot of greasy and unhealthy food. I was working so much that I didn’t exercise much. As a result I added 30 pounds.

As a mid-career professional, everyday I’m feeling the demands on my time and energy from both work and family. Getting back to shape has become a top priority of mine.  

There are a lot of misinformation and gimmicky diets in the market. I have been doing a lot of reading and research on my own to figure out the best course of actions for me to lose weight and get fit.

The legendary Jack LaLanne once said that “Your waistline is your lifeline. It should be the same as it was when you were a young person.” A big part of my fitness goals is to lose weight and reduce my waistline. Fortunately I found a great program called Truth About Abs by Mike Geary who is a Certified Nutrition Specialist & Certified Personal Trainer.

It really works. Don’t let the title fools you — it’s a total fitness program focus on both exercise and nutrition. If you’re curious about his program, Mike Geary has released a free, 65-page e-Book Training & Nutrition Insider Secrets for a Lean-Body (a $17.99 value).

This ebook, created by Certified Nutrition Specialist & Certified Personal Trainer, Mike Geary, details over 27 specific metabolism-boosting secrets that you can use to strip off your stubborn body fat faster and easier.  Contains unique workout methods and nutritional strategies to slash body fat and take your body to a whole new level of leanness. Click here to download or read the the ebook online.

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The devious and malicious Harvard MBA

November 25th, 2012 by GeekMBA360

I have to admit – some recent events I witnessed made me disgusted about certain individuals at work.

I don’t mean to over generalized but I cannot help not to generalize in this case.

They share a common trait:

  • Harvard MBA
  • Worked for 2-4 years in management consulting prior to attending business school
  • Post MBA they worked for a couple years in management consulting or started in strategic planning function of a Fortune 500 company.
  • They rapidly switched jobs 2-3 times in order to move up. In some cases they played geographic arbitrage – i.e. went to work for a really prestige employer in CA for a year, then moved to another big firm in Chicago for a year or two, and then moved to join a third firm in NYC. This year, he or she put name brands on the resumes, take advantage of less competition in a new city, moved up at each job.

The common impacts of these individuals:

  • they have no clue about how to run a business
  • they’re arrogant and only hire their own kind
  • they run business to ground, and then they leave

what I have observed about these people:

  • they care more about moving up than anything else
  • they are devious and malicious – I’m the kind of person who like to give people the benefit of doubt. But I have been in enough situations with these guys that I know exactly what they’re made of. No, I’m not holding any sour grapes against these guys and gals – so far they haven’t threatened me in any way as I can hold on my own quite well.
  • they are exactly what’s wrong with MBA education and management consulting – we’re cultivating a lot of selfish, ego-centric, useless, arrogant, malicious, devious, high paid consultants who don’t add any value to our society.
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My Thanksgiving reading list

November 25th, 2012 by GeekMBA360

Too little time, too many great books to catch up.

Below is a list of books on my bookshelf – I won’t finish all of them during this long holiday weekend but I’m working on them!

  • Mastery by Robert Greene. The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the bestselling The 48 Laws of Power. What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force’s last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene’s fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world’s masters.
  • The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life. Don’t let the book title fool you — this is NOT a cooking book. This is the book about rapid learning and living a full life. This is the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t by Nate Silver. If you haven’t heard about Nate Silver, you haven’t been reading about the news. :-)

Any books are you reading? I’d love to hear book recommendations from you my dear readers. Leave me a comment.

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