Category Archives: Career

Graduate School: Where CEOs Become Stupid?

Good post from David Pogue on December 15th about what he learned while teaching a course at Columbia Business School.  He was amazed at the complete lack of business understanding by the so-called best and brightest at Columbia’s B-school, one … Continue reading

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Resolved: Become Awesome in Excel in 2012

My career wouldn’t be what it is without my strength in Excel.  I had the good fortune to work for a company that required strong Excel (originally Lotus 1-2-3) skills.  You had to become very proficient in spreadsheets and analysis … Continue reading

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Tears: A CEO’s Aspiration?

Simon Sinek published a truly meaningful article on Steve Jobs today.  What made us cry for a billionaire who was very unlike the rest of us?  A worthwhile read.

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Two Types of People

There are two types of people in the corporate world. Those that ship product. Those that explain how they’re planning to get a team together to build the requirements to gain the approval to get the funding to hire the … Continue reading

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Squirrels: Just Say No

Squirrels are interesting.  They’re cute, have a lot of energy and are soft and cuddly.  But chasing after squirrels is a waste of time.  You never catch them and, even if you did, they’re not much use. In short, squirrels … Continue reading

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How Many Hours?

How many hours did you work last week?  How many meetings did you go to? How many sales calls did you make yesterday? It doesn’t matter. As ROWE reminds us in a post, tracking time is insane.  The only thing … Continue reading

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Passionate Product Managers

Startups beat large corporations primarily due to a lack of passion.  Sure, the large company might have everything one thinks you might need to win in new product development: Capital Development resources Development process But what’s missing is the thing … Continue reading

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Fifty Little Cups of Coffee

I’m a continuity direct response marketer.  My 10,000 hours were spent testing hypotheses about lists, creative, offers, products and fulfillment methods by doing thousands of univariate and multivariate tests.  Each test was, essentially, a small bet of $500 to $50,000. … Continue reading

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The Power of a Strong “Why” Statement

“Why are you here?”  That’s my first interview question.  It’s surprising how many people get rattled out of the gate by that question.  Yet if you bump into an American in Paris tomorrow and ask the same question, you get … Continue reading

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Email Forwarders and Meeting-Goers

These are the two attributes I check for in employment candidates who have been employed at big companies.  It seems odd, but in some large corporations there are an entire class of people that seemingly exist simply to forward emails. … Continue reading

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