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Aug 14, 2013

Is the Anti-Management Business Model Sustainable?

Could a baseball team function without a manager?  Could an orchestra play without the conductor?

I thought of these scenarios after reading a recent article, “Managers? Who Needs Those?: At Some Tech Firms, Disdain for Hierarchy Collides With Need for Oversight,” that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  The article covers startup tech firms that have an apparent “disdain for management” and view managers as “archaic, or worse, dead weight.”

Watch out Harvard Business School — a new paradigm is here!… Read More

Jul 26, 2013

Stay or Go: Options Are Limited When Your Firm Has Been Indicted

As today’s Wall Street Journal article, “Fund’s Employees Face Uncertainty” indicates: “No major financial firm has survived a criminal indictment.”  With the criminal indictment of  SAC Capital Advisors, many of its current employees are confronted with a difficult decision.  The choices are limited – stay or go.… Read More

Jan 09, 2013

Phantom Job Listings

Today’s The Wall Street Journal reports in Beware the Phantom Job Listing (page B7) the increase in “back channel” hirings — where it is ” who you know” that is making the difference in job searches. This trend is occurring against the backdrop of regulatory requirements concerning job postings. The take-away from this article reinforces the importance of the candidate’s network, especially in this weakened economy.… Read More

May 09, 2012

Lessons Learned from Yahoo! CEO Flap

How is it possible that Yahoo hired its CEO Scott Thompson, missing the fact that he misrepresented his credentials – to wit, he claimed to have a degree in computer science when he did not?

How is it possible that one of the nation’s leading top executive search firms did not uncover this fact during its due diligence on behalf of Yahoo?… Read More

Apr 17, 2012

Tech Companies Get Creative to Woo Talent

In “On the Hunt for Tech Hires”  in The Wall Street Journal (April 11, 2012), Lauren Weber writes that technology companies, outside of the “Silicon Valley [stars] or hot start-ups,” are wooing tech professionals with perquisites and benefits.  A sense of creativity has found its way into the recruitment process.  Food truck treats, gifts (such as radio controlled miniature helicopters and personalized items), plus personal attention at conferences and events, are part of the program to attract “techies.”  However, it appears that industries are going outside of the typical HR processes only to the extent they need to attract the best talent.  … Read More