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Are you stuck in corporate politics?

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Do you hate office politics? Are you stuck in office politics? Do you feel that you are powerless against your coworkers who are really skilled at playing politics? Do yourself a favor – don’t give up. You need to fight back in a smart way. If you give up and move to another company, the […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Management

How do you measure your life?

June 25th, 2012 · No Comments

One thing I learned in management is if you measure something, you see results. I have defined a set of metrics to run our team and our business. Every Tuesday we have a weekly metric meetings to review results. The weekly metric meeting is our single most important tool to run our business. You might […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Learning and Growing · Management

What percentage of your life is work?

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Jim Collins is one of my favorite management authors. In this New York Times article, Mr. Collins talked about how he kept a running tally of how he’s spending his time. “That, he explains, is a running tally of how he’s spending his time, and whether he’s sticking to a big goal he set for […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Management

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

Immigrants mentality

May 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

"My dad is one of those typical Asian immigrants who worked really hard, and always had the survivor mentality. The poor guy barely made to middle class in this country and he was desperately holding onto it." In the few weeks I heard several similar comments from second generation Asian Americans. These comments upset me. […]

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Tags: Management

I’m done with him!

April 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Julie hates to work with Adam. They are the polar opposite of each other. Julie is outgoing, passionate, aggressive, go-getter, detailed oriented, and widely popular. Adam is introverted, insightful, absent minded, and socially awkward. Julie is a star in the company, and her career has been progressing very well. Adam is competent, but he tended […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Management

What is HR’s most important role?

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Some folks are going to disagree with me on this post. Based on my experience on both ends (as an employee and as a manager who frequently works with human resource professionals), I believe that HR’s most important role is to make sure the company does not get sued. There are complex regulations and laws […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Frustration@Work · Management

Best career book of 2010

December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

I read a lot of books each year. But, my choice of the best career book of 2010 is easy. This book is enlightening because it explains to you the reality of corporate politics, and it teaches you how to play politics. I know this sounds cynical, un-ethical, and depressing. However, we’re all humans. We […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Learning and Growing · Management

360 Feedback and Self Awareness

December 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Fellow blogger and venture capitalist Brad Feld had a very interesting post on his blog: The Power of a CEO 360 Review. I had to admit that I hadn’t been a big fan of performance reviews in any shape or form in the past. In fact, one of the most popular articles on this blog […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Learning and Growing · Management

Moneyball is overrated

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Although I don’t live in the bay area any more, I still consider the bay area my adopted hometown. I’m still rooting for the Giants, the 49er’s, Cal Bears, and the Warriors. You can imagine how excited I was last night when the Giant beat the Phillies.  It’s really interesting to note that this was […]

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Tags: Management