Category Archives: Career

Resumes: Doing our best to fix part of the problem

Sure, sure. You see us carp and complain about how horrible want ads are. Constantly describing the role instead of the problem that needs to be solved. Well, you know, in all fairness, want ads are only part of the … Continue reading

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Common sense is anything but common

Common sense. It seems so, well, common. Truth of the matter is: it’s not. I mean, common common sense is a little more prevalent than for which I give it credit. But your common sense? Nope. Not common, at all. … Continue reading

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Kiss once-a-year performance reviews good-bye

If you work in the corporate world, you’re likely starting to feel a little prickly sensation on the back of your neck. And that’s because, after reading that headline up there, you’re beginning to think about the ominous–not to mention … Continue reading

Posted in Career, Feedback, Kumquat, Performance, Review | 1 Comment

Mind the gap

Sometimes, we’re so heads down working in our little fiefdoms, we fail to notice that the moats around our stone towers have grown together. And that makes a huge gap. So why not pick your head up and see where … Continue reading

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Happenstance

Dumb luck. Fluke. Blue bird. How are you finding your future leaders? Are you leaving it up to blind chance, pulling candidates off monster or pushing recruiters’ picks through your interview process? Some of the best hires I’ve met of … Continue reading

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Performance Reviews for Experts

Do you employ experts? Do you wish you did? What’s the hold up? A review of some past rants on Pride and Workmanship have me wondering, Does the conferring title of “expert” on members of your team result in a … Continue reading

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Evolve Your Brand

Day One at a new company – who will you be here? What will your work say about you? Not that you can’t be the same person you were yesterday – that person got you hired after all. But how will you be … Continue reading

Posted in Branding, Career, Perception, Reputation | 3 Comments

What is Talent Demanding?

So I’m doing some research for a client, looking at the staffing measures of peer finance departments in other organizations, and found the Demandments from Talent Mindset. Some pretty smart observations if you find yourself searching for in-demand talent. Why … Continue reading

Posted in Career, Develop, Honesty, HR, Recruiting, Respect, Tips | 3 Comments

Professional Peer Referrals

For those that have jumped the fence into the world of consulting, the question invariably comes up on what is a qualified referral worth? Thanks to the Bay Area Consulting Network, I’ve found the first of what may become a … Continue reading

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Are you obsolete? Why not?

Your ultimate goal–at any job–should be achieving your own obsolescence. When you achieve that, you’ve really succeeded. You should be extinct. Not only that, but you should plan to be extinct. You should strive to be extinct. You should be … Continue reading

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