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Entries from March 2009

Defensive move is offensive move

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

I once played speed chess with a friend in college. My friend was a much better player. He played speed chess with his dorm mates almost every day. I rarely played and I was not a good player at all. Basically, I had no chance to beat him. But, one thing about speed chess is […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Corporate Ladder

Flow, career satisfaction and happiness

March 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In the past few years, I have consulted many friends about their career problems. Here are some common complaints and aspirations: Life sucks. I hate office politics. I’m just not good at it, and I’m sick and tired of it. I feel I’m stuck at my current job. I cannot wait to get out of […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Learning and Growing · MBA

Would you trust executives who provided inaccurate information about their education?

March 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Concur is a publicly traded software company that provides travel and expense management solution to corporations. It was co-founded by two brothers: Steve Singh and Rajeev Singh . Steve Singh is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Rajeev Singh is President and Chief Operating Officer. Last Friday, Steve Singh admitted that he didn’t […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Management · Start-up Success

From ad-free blogger to #1 selling author on

March 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I had been a reader of Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich blog since its inception. At that time, Ramit just graduated from Stanford University. Honestly, I thought Ramit was just another one of those arrogant young graduates of top universities — how could a young college graduate with little real-world experience […]

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Tags: 401K and Money Market · Multiple Income Stream · Personal Finance

How to deal with bullies at work

March 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Sooner or later, you’ll encounter a bully in your workplace. When I was a young professional fresh out of college, I was shy, passive, and naive. I was an easy target for bullies at workplace.  I remember when I first started working as an entry-level product manager, a bully took a major project I just […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work

Is starting a company in Silicon Valley stupid?

March 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Penelop Truck wrote that Starting a company in the Silicon Valley is stupid. It is such a controversial and provocative title that it got a lot of attention. I went to high school and college in the bay area. I worked in high tech companies in the Silicon Valley for over a decade. But, seven […]

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Tags: Start-up Success

Which company offers the best severance package to laid-off employees?

March 21st, 2009 · No Comments Widgets Since I launched Layoff Satisfaction Survey on January 23, 2009, the responses have been overwhelming. Most survey responses rated their employers’ severance package as unfair or OK. But, one company really stands out as "excellent" in term of how it treats its employees with care, respect and generosity. The winner is Google! Here […]

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Tags: Management

Are there diamonds in your backyard?

March 20th, 2009 · No Comments

"In ancient Persia, a wealthy farmer leaves his home to seek even greater wealth, and spends his life in a fruitless search for a perhaps mythical diamond mine. Finally, as age and years of frustration take their toll, he throws himself into the sea and dies, an unhappy pauper far from home. Meanwhile, back at […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

A great microfinance site that addresses China’s Urban-Rural Divide

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

I just discovered a new microfinance site – wokai — it really gets me excited. It has a single-country focus – address China’s Urban-Rural Divide. It’s founded by two Americans who have studied and lived in China. I appreciate their insight, compassion, and entrepreneurial drive to make things happen. I’m impressed by their business development […]

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Tags: Giving

Duke Blue Devils Jersey Number Three

March 18th, 2009 · No Comments

This weekend, Duke University men’s basketball team won another Atlantic Collegiate Conference (ACC) title. In case you’re not a college basketball fan, ACC is one of the most competitive conferences for college basketball. This is Duke’s first ACC title in threes years. While I was watching Duke’s player celebrating their victory, I noticed something very […]

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Tags: Leadership