Archives by Tag 'career'

Sophia. Relationships, Mentors, Role Models and Heroes

By - Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I asked Sophia to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believes had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She replied it was her parents who had the most significant impact on her work life and career. She explained that she believes that she is successful because she works very hard and she thinks she got her work ethic from her parents. I asked her to tell me about the milestones and roadblocks in her career which stand out when she looks back and what she learned from them. Sophia said when she graduated with her MBA in 1982, it was the time of the last major recession and prior to that time when you ...

Lauren. Advice, Wisdom, Courage and Inspiration

By - Last updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I asked Lauren what advice she would give to a young woman and she said her best advice was to pick your spot and be really conscious of the choices you are making. Lauren says she looks back at some of her job choices and knows she shouldn't have made them, so she would advise a young woman to pick her spots. Lauren went on to say that this advice is particularly relevant with respect to choices about the people you are going to be working with and in this vein she added be true to yourself. Looking back, she said: "there's a lot of crap out there and I think people... I think of some of the characters I ...

Management Lessons

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

This employee review system sounds good to me!! It gives equal weight to four areas, rather than simply focusing on financial goals. 1. On-the-job performance, the typical quantitative goals 2. Peer group relationships 3. Management/leadership, or how well you develop the people around you 4. Innovation/best practices It is attributed to Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley's "Secret Coach", in an article in Fortune Magazine. (See the July 21, 2008 edition)

Comparative Advantage

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

In the course of my summer reading, I was reminded of Adam's Smith concept of Comparative Advantage, "Focus on those things you do better than others." I like it because it is a straightforward strategy which can be applied in the corporate world and to one's personal life eg in the course of setting one's career or life goals and I believe it is one which can be easily overlooked or ignored. Just thought I would share it, in case it provokes some thinking on your part, as it has on mine.