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The most underrated skill

December 10th, 2016 · No Comments

A lot of people don’t have this skill. In fact, in a corporate environment, the higher you go, fewer people you’ll see have this skill. Right now I’m dealing with a couple of senior executive colleagues who have essentially zero amount of this skill. It’s hard to get them to understand what is going on […]

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Tags: Leadership

My not-to-hire list

June 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Over the years I had my share of success and failure to hire people. Here is a list of job candidate I try to stay away from. Candidate who is late for job interview. No exception. If a candidate is late for interview, he demonstrates one of two shortcomings: 1) he doesn’t’ respect others’ time […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Leadership

The importance of building momentum

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Thirteen months ago I took a very challenging job. I was tasked to turn around a struggling $70-million-a-year commodity business. There was a lot of skepticism about the prospect of this business. After spending several weeks of reviewing the business metrics, we determined a very focused strategy. More importantly, we focused on building small wins. […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Leadership · Learning and Growing · Management


October 10th, 2010 · No Comments

I rarely read poems. I guess I lack the sense and sensibilities to appreciate poems. 🙂 However, I was re-reading Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger this weekend, and came across the poem “if” that Charlie Munger has always admired. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr.. Munger – if you haven’t […]

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Tags: Leadership · Management

The first time I cried at work

July 6th, 2009 · 11 Comments

I’m usually a reserved and calm person. But, I cried really hard once at work a little bit over a decade ago. I still remember it vividly. At that time, I just started working as Associates Product Manager at a medium-sized enterprise software company. My job was to manage the Application Programming Interface (API) product. […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Leadership · Learning and Growing · Management

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

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