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Why Top Performers Get Fired

The Big Irony:  Why Top Performers Get Fired or Outplaced first published in Management Magazine- Australia                                                                               … Continue reading

How To Recruit in Brazil (and 10 reasons why you should)

Business in Brazil moves to its own rhythm and beat.   If you’ve been there, you know. And if you want to do business in Brazil successfully, you need to move to that Brazilian tempo. After working in Brazil 7 years, I still can’t samba, but I can tell you how to recruit in Brazil with confidence.  And … Continue reading

What’s Keeping Women Off Boards?

by William Guy, CEO, Cornerstone International Group It’s been 10 years since the dark days of Enron and WorldCom exposed massive failings in corporate governance.  Today, most Boards of Directors are very different in composition and accountability but one change is proving stubborn: increasing the number of women directors. Studies have unfailingly identified a dual-gender … Continue reading

The 12 Marketing Truths

Stewart Kennedy is one of Australia’s experts on brands. In his Book of Truths he reveals these 12 timeless verities about marketing: 1. The value of your brand? Your brand should be more valuable than your price. 2. Why waste money? Marketing which does not help achieve a business objective is a waste of money. … Continue reading

“Follow your bliss”… it pays off

“Follow your bliss” was Joseph Campbell’s general formula to students.  “Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the … Continue reading

How To Recruit An Astronaut

Can you recruit astronauts if you’ve never left the planet? My colleagues in Montreal did; they recruited Canada’s first astronauts. They did it by selecting mature, well-rounded, compatible individuals, i.e., they used the same requirements as for most terrestrial jobs. How do you tell if a potential candidate is mature, well-rounded or compatible? First, define … Continue reading

4 Ways To Increase Your Luck by 40%

 Think that finding a job depends on luck? Then create your own! Psychologist Richard Wiseman[1] has studied luck for years.  He reveals the 4 proven ways you can increase your luck by up to 40% in 1 month. 1         Create, notice and act upon chance opportunities in life–  Luck is not being in the right … Continue reading

The Only 3 Job Interview Questions

My US colleague, and onboarding guru, George Bradt wrote this in Forbes business magazine (April 27, 2011): The only three true job interview questions are: 1.  Can you do the job? 2.  Will you love the job? 3.  Can we tolerate working with you? That’s it.  Those three.  Think back, every question you’ve ever posed … Continue reading

Get Rich Your Own Way

“If you are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life … your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.” – George Bernard Shaw Good news!  It doesn’t have to be your money or your life.  Read on. “A study of business school graduates tracked the careers of … Continue reading

The Ultimate Job Ad

Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition is case of success. – Ernest Henry Shackleton, explorer of the Antarctic, 1914   Over 5000 applied. Shackleton selected 56 to man 2 ships. On the journey, one ship became frozen in an … Continue reading

Shoes That Talk

“Ain’t you glad shoes can’t talk,” sang blues guitarist Ry Cooder, “cause they might tell where you been”. Ahhh, but shoes do talk. Because feet lie outside your conscious view, they subtly reveal your inner attributes and attitudes.  The secret is: anything outside your peripheral vision gets monitored less frequently than things that you see a lot. Just think … Continue reading

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