Monthly Archives: December 2013

FRICTION: A WARNING FROM AN EX-RECRUITER ON THE...

Posted On 30th December 2013

I am about to make a few enemies, but it’s in a good cause. Let me begin. And explain. I need to warn you about “Functional” CVs and resumes. This is quite critical because a certain kind of career “coach”, typically one from a HR rather than hard-nosed recruitment background, thinks they are a good […]

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PLAYING A WEAK HAND WELL: POPE FRANCIS I AND WHAT...

Posted On 29th December 2013

Pope Francis I fascinates me. I’m not a Roman Catholic or religious in any way. So I won’t judge his theology. However, Francis has done several things many leaders and managers could usefully copy. He’s also made one really big decision they should avoid. I’ll get to that at the end. So what has he […]

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WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE WORKING FOR A FAILING...

Posted On 22nd December 2013

I hated my father and he hated me. It’s a long story and this isn’t the place. He was jealous of the opportunities hard work gave me, and he combined physical cowardice with a violent streak. He did however say one thing (over and over again) which I agree with: “If you’re ever really in […]

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WOULD YOU HIRE SOMEBODY WHO HAD NEVER FIRED...

Posted On 19th December 2013

Right! Google Analytics tells me that a minority of the readers of this blog like to spend less than a minute on it. For these readers the answer to my question is “no”. Goodbye. The rest of you would I am sure like to know why I feel this way. Here goes. I spent twelve […]

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USE A KNIFE: LESSONS FOR MANAGERS FROM THE WAR IN...

Posted On 18th December 2013

Ever heard of a man called John Paul Vann? Thought not. He’s not your average management guru. But this isn’t your average outplacement, CV writing, LinkedIn profile building and interview coaching blog either. So give me two minutes and you’ll learn something new. John Paul Vann was the closest thing to Lawrence of Arabia the […]

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