Monthly Archives: January 2008

Jan 30

Great Successful People Found Here

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

In December, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Andrew Rondeau, of Great Management. He wanted to do an interview that spoke to career management for knowledge workers. Andrew didn’t miss much, either — he does a great interview and never misses the smallest hint of a better information behind a statement you might […]

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Jan 29

The Global Enterprise: Cost reductions

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

If you were a CEO of a multi-national corporation — with mini-companies in twenty different countries all with their own management, administration, finance, warehouse and support operations — how much money could you save if you reduced your financial centers from twenty to, say, two? Quite a bit, wouldn’t you say? There is tremendous fixed […]

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Jan 23

How long does a position last?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

When people take a position, they don’t think about the exit strategy. A big part of the exit strategy needs to be based on how long you think the position you are currently in will be good for you and how long the company thinks it is worthwhile keeping before big changes occur. So before […]

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Jan 22

But, what about the box?

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

How many of you and/or your managers have been thinking so much outside of the box that you’ve forgotten about the box? It’s an important question because the vast majority of what you do to help your customers is the stuff that’s in that box. Not the stuff that’s outside the box. From a business […]

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Jan 21

Bose Rocks

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

One of the best purchases I have ever made was getting the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones. I had traveled a lot for business on planes and I finally decided it was worth the money to buy a set of noise canceling headphones. Not just for the airplane engine noise, of course, but also for the […]

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Jan 20

Put Debt Behind You

By Scot Herrick | Personal Finance

Yesterday I received my banking statement in the mail. Of course, with a flyer offering something “exclusive” for me. Here’s the teaser: Put Debt Behind You And their solution? Get up to a 1/2% rate discount on a new Home Equity Line of Credit Yup, you get out of debt by taking on more debt. […]

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Jan 18

Checklists Facilitates Process Improvement

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Much has been made in business about process improvement. Re-engineering processes has become the mantra for productivity increases. Whole teams, in fact, have been put into place to improve processes. But I think a great, fast way to increase you and your department’s performance is through the simple checklist. Checklists, while humble in comparison to […]

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Jan 14

Beware managers as career coaches

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Management is not set up to be your career coach if you work in a cube. That was brought home to me by Mrityunjay Kumar over on his blog, Career Management Industry in India. In his article, Manager as a mentor/coach, he notes: Traditionally, employees use their managers as their mentor/coach, entrusting their career development […]

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Jan 11

Bank of America Buys Countrywide

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Today, Bank of American announced intentions to purchase Countrywide for stock. Details will be worked out. Wall Street is breathing a sigh of relief and so is the Federal Reserve because a Countrywide going bankrupt — the largest lending company in the United States — has severe implications to the credit and financial markets. If […]

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Jan 09

Goodbye, Bill

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

In the quiet of the other night, at 11:00 PM local time, my step-father died. The event went remarkably fast in that he developed an infection and fever one day and died the next. The process, however, has been going on for years because Bill had Alzheimer’s disease. For reasons that I agree with, neither […]

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