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When You Want To Avoid Nasty Surprises

June 23rd, 2016 - Comments Off on When You Want To Avoid Nasty Surprises

We’ve all been there. We get horrible news, and even worse, it comes as a complete surprise. When it happens you’re always left wondering: “What could I have done to avoid this?” When I was at eBay some called me Mr. Fix It. But …

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How To Talk To Your Boss About A Problem

June 16th, 2016 - Comments Off on How To Talk To Your Boss About A Problem

If there’s one thing that managers have in common, it’s that they all hate surprises. So, if you’re about to spring something on your manager, be mindful of how you do it. Alert your boss to a problem early—while he …

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Why It’s Never Too Early For A Business To Start Giving Back

May 31st, 2016 - Comments Off on Why It’s Never Too Early For A Business To Start Giving Back

In what sometimes feels like a tornado of bad news, there are always stories of good. Amazingly, living in Silicon Valley, I’m fortunate enough to see a whole movement in business where people are dedicating their lives to turning ideas …

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Ask Maynard: How Do I Get Over Career Frustration?

May 23rd, 2016 - Comments Off on Ask Maynard: How Do I Get Over Career Frustration?

In a previous Ask Maynard post, Kibria Ghulam asked the question: “How I can avoid frustration when [the] market is slow and things are not going in right direction?” Hi Kibria, Thank you for asking this question. The real thing to do …

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Career Tips For New Graduates And The Companies That Hire Them

May 20th, 2016 - Comments Off on Career Tips For New Graduates And The Companies That Hire Them

It’s graduation season; congrats to all the new graduates and welcome to the world of work! Graduates, I know that just starting out and earning your own way can be challenging. The job market isn’t perfect and maybe you’re not …

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What To Do When A Key Hire Quits

May 3rd, 2016 - Comments Off on What To Do When A Key Hire Quits

A great member of your team just came to you with an unexpected resignation. I’m sure you’re somewhere between being upset that you’re being deserted and worried about what you are going to do to handle that person’s contributions. Maybe …

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Questions Every Leader Must Ask To Run An Effective Organization

April 28th, 2016 - Comments Off on Questions Every Leader Must Ask To Run An Effective Organization

One of my most interesting jobs at eBay was trying to find a replacement for myself. No, I wasn’t going anywhere, but any great organization values the importance of succession planning. Meg Whitman was so dedicated to getting the best …

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I Thought I Was Short on Time; Now I’m Long on Meaning

April 11th, 2016 - Comments Off on I Thought I Was Short on Time; Now I’m Long on Meaning

Having a metric to help you measure success is imperative. But so is being willing to change the metric when appropriate. I’ve learned that specific metrics that once seemed to define everything can — and should — evolve over time. …

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What To Do When Your Boss Is Driving You Crazy

April 1st, 2016 - Comments Off on What To Do When Your Boss Is Driving You Crazy

So, your boss is driving you crazy. Sadly, you’re not alone.  A massive–and alarming–70% of people surveyed in a Gallup poll either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged in their work. Now that’s a crisis. I’m sorry that people are struggling with unhappiness at …

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How To Be The Driver Of Your Destiny

March 24th, 2016 - Comments Off on How To Be The Driver Of Your Destiny

Recently, I was in the car with my wife and I drove past a small street to get to the main road. “It would have been faster to turn left back there,” she said. “It would have been nice to …

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