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Corporate Restructuring Survival Guide

On Monday, my world turned upside down. The Senior Vice President who hired me into the company (lets call him Mr M), who was openly rumored to be the next CEO, was abruptly (and rather unceremoniously) fired. This was difficult to believe as I spent all day Thursday and Friday with Mr M working on […]

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Special Guest Post: Corporate Wise Girl

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My husband, aka Corporate Wise Man (CWM), has asked me to write a post and I must say I was a little intimidated. I didn’t think I would have anything to write about in regards to business or any insightful thoughts. But then I looked back over my career and realized that I have learned so […]

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The Importance of Customer Centricity

Big companies have a problem. As they get bigger and the number of employees grows, it takes more time and resources to coordinate internal activities. As I have mentioned in prior posts, good managers (and executives) have to be like broken records, constantly repeating the corporate goals and priorities to ensure alignment across functions, business […]

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So You Want to Quit Your Job

That’s it! You’ve had it! This is the last time you ever want to deal with your jerk boss/snide coworkers/negative culture, etc. You have made up your mind that you cannot spend even another day in your job. But soon your emotions calm down, your rational mind takes over and the cold realization sets in […]

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Ikigai: Finding Purpose in the Corporate World

At some point in your career, between working long hours in the pursuit of profitable growth, you have likely asked yourself what is the purpose of all of your hard work. As a mentor, I get one question over and over again, “Is the hard-driving corporate life really worth it?” There are many reasons this […]

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How to Network Effectively

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Books, magazine articles, mentors and other resources always seems to be telling corporate professionals that you need to network if you want to be successful. However, that is much easier said than done. With crushing work schedules, tight deadlines, and the demands of a personal/family life, where can you find time to network anyway? Unfortunately, […]

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How to Ace ANY Presentation

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Tomorrow I will fly to Europe to attend my company’s bi-annual partner conference, an event that brings together over 150 of our best European customers to present our strategy and new product development initiatives. As VP of Product development, I will be the main speaker during many of the major presentations. At this point in […]

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Balancing Hard and Soft Skills to Succeed

In late spring 2005 I was in the second semester of the first year of my MBA program. It was a few weeks before finals and the completion of the “first year core” curriculum which consisted of required courses in the “hard skills” of Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Strategy and operations culminating in a case competition […]

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Ask CWM #1: Innovation in the Trenches

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The inaugural “Ask Corporate Wise Man” post will answer a question from Jessica C.: In the corporate world, innovation often means going directly against the grain of how things are usually done. I see the dilemma of upper management who say they want to be innovative while middle managers try hard to implement new initiatives […]

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