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Entries from June 2009

Off the grid

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I haven’t made any post for a few days because I was completely “off the grid”. We spent a few days in a small resort near Port Townsend in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. No Internet connections, no emails, no computer access, and no web surfing. We swam, played tennis, and spend some quiet time […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Work/Life Balance lays off 220 today

June 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments in Atlanta, GA lays off 220 today – reported by a fellow reader from his iPhone. Thanks! If you’re a fellow employee who is visiting this site for the first time, below are some helpful articles: Seven things you should do immediately after layoff Are you laid off? — A 5-day Personal Boot […]

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Tags: News

Five alternative careers for MBAs

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

This post is inspired by a tweet I came across a few days ago — @batess I’d like to see a blog post about alternative career choices for MBA graduates. When I was attending business school, one thing I enjoyed the least was the herd-like mentality –- there was tremendous amount of peer pressure to […]

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Tags: MBA

Your relationship with your parents have a lot to do with your career success

June 16th, 2009 · 10 Comments

I was not a happy child when I grew up. I was the only child in the family. I was super obedient. I had always done well in school. My parents would tell their friends that I never caused them any trouble. But, deep inside, I wasn’t a very happy boy. I was keenly aware […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing

For at least one search term, Bing works much better than Google

June 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Although I’ve been critical of Microsoft in the past, I have to say that I’m somewhat impressed by Bing. I’m a fan of the PBS “Great American Scenic Railroads ” series. I have been to the official web site ( before, but I forgot to bookmark it. Last night, I searched “Great American Scenic Railroads” […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Innovation

IPO shouldn’t be the goal for a start-up

June 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A friend of mine started a company a few years ago. He quickly built up the company. Whenever I asked him how his company was doing, he always told me that their goal was to go public on the NASDAQ in a few years. They had good revenue growth. They had impressive venture capital funding. […]

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Tags: Start-up Success

Is London Business School (LBS) Admission Office full of themselves?

June 9th, 2009 · 9 Comments

One reader of this blog recently emailed me for advice. He had applied several top business schools. Recently, he received the official "ding letter" from London Business School. He was very disappointed since he put in a lot of time and effort into it. But, what made him feel even worse was the tone and […]

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Tags: MBA

Would Microsoft have been better off if DOJ broke Microsoft into pieces

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

I continued to receive feedback from laid-off Microsoft employees after I published Microsoft Laid-off Employees spoke up! — Layoff Satisfaction Survey Results – Microsoft and Microsoft second round layoff satisfaction survey results. Here is a few thoughtful comments that caught my attention: "Microsoft should have let the DOJ break the company in pieces years ago. […]

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Tags: Management

Please watch this video if you want to hear an honest and insightful assessment of where our economy is headed

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

A decade ago while I was a college senior, I read Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street . It made me realize that I didn’t want to work in investment banking while many of my classmates were fighting for banking jobs. His next book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · News

Yahoo Mail is a great example of bad product management

June 5th, 2009 · No Comments

I sincerely hope that someone in Yahoo’s product management organization will see this post. Or, please forward this post to Carol Bartz. 🙂 By the way, I’m not alone on this – Henry Blodget had also written “Deal Carol Bartz: You Need to Fix Yahoo Mail.” I agree with most of Henry’s points. Additionally, I […]

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Tags: Management · Product Management