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Entries from May 2009

An in-depth look into MBA Admission Consulting

May 15th, 2009 · 5 Comments

After I published "A brief survey of the MBA admission consulting market", I had the opportunity to chat with Graham Richmond of Clear Admit, a well-known MBA admission consulting firms. When I was writing "A brief survey of the MBA admission consulting market", I tried to stay neutral and provide an objective overview. Personally, I […]

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Tags: MBA

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May 13th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: News

Job Title Deflation at Google

May 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I knew several people who joined and left Google within 1 year. One common complaint I heard from them is title deflation. Google prides itself in its flat structure. So, a former VP at a Fortune-500 Corporation such as Cisco might end up working as director or senior manager at Google. This is very common […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Every time I shoot, I see myself making game-winning shots

May 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

"You have to be focused, you have to understand the moment, the clock, and basically think without thinking and just shoot it," Davis said. "Every time I shoot, I see myself making game-winning shots. If you see it, you believe it. You shoot millions of shots like that, and every time you shoot it, you […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Learning and Growing

Wise Bread and 10,001 ways to live large on a small budget

May 7th, 2009 · No Comments

A few months ago I came across the personal finance blog Wise Bread. The site immediately caught my attention. Wise Bread is only a little bit over two years ago, but it has achieve some very impressive traffic stats: it averages 1 million page views and 500K unique users per month its Alexa ranking is […]

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Tags: Book Review · Tools & Tips

Joe Wong the comedian

May 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Joe Wong is originally from China and came to the United Sates in 1994. He has a doctoral degree from Rice University. He works for a large pharmaceutical company in Boston. By all indication, he falls into the stereotype of "smart, hard-working, nerdy, foreign-born" scientist with a heavy accent. But, he has been moonlighting as […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

Seven lessons I learned from relocating to a new city

May 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Given the current state of economy and job market, I know a lot of people who are thinking about moving to a new city with better job prospect and lower cost of living. Relocation is not easy. For most people who relocate to a new city, they will have to face two very stressful events […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips

Why I don’t trade stocks

May 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I hold my hard-earned money in index funds, money market fund, CD and saving accounts. I don’t trade stocks because I don’t have interest/passion in tracking individual stocks. I’d rather spend time doing other things I enjoy doing. I want to have a good night of sleep every night. I don’t want to spend time […]

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Tags: 401K and Money Market · Beat Recession · Personal Finance

Too many managers, too few leaders

May 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Rose is the VP of Account Management at an Internet start-up. She has a team of ten people reporting to her. When she runs into product managers, developers, and operational folks in the company, she always asks: "what have you done today for help my team?". When someone asked why one of her accounts is […]

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Tags: Leadership · Management · Product Management · Start-up Success