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The Failure Mode of Clever

On 05/01/2013, in Email, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

In today’s virtual business world, you constantly communicate with those you do not know well. Individuals who may not understand your personality and quirks. Who may come from a different culture. Or live in another part of the world and not share your mother tongue.

It is a good idea to play it very safe when dealing with those you do not know extremely well.

Great business advice re email communication. 

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Non-Financial Skills Required In Finance

On 02/22/2013, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

A career in finance requires strong financial technical skills and experience.

A truly successful career in finance requires strong complementary non-financial skills.

While this post focuses on finance, the need to develop complementary expertise applies in almost any industry or job. As you advance in any job, the technical component lessens and the soft skills become more important.

If you want long-term career success, strengthen your non-technical skills.

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Facebook – Friend or Big Brother?

On 01/17/2012, in Career, Email, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Just read an interesting article on Facebook.

Facebook and Politico are working together to create sentiment analysis reports on political issues. Now that in itself is not overly interesting.

What is intriguing is this: 

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The internet contains a lot of information.

Google, Bing, and Yahoo, are popular and potentially effective search engines to help find specific data. Unfortunately, many users are relatively inefficient in using these search engines.

Today, some advice and concrete tools to improve your internet search results. 

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In Learning Real Job Skills in School?, I pointed out disconnects between the university experience and the real world.

University students (and often the administration) are not thrilled with professors who challenge students, force them to contribute in class, make them work in groups, complete assignments on time, etc.

However, in the actual business world, everything is different.

This leads to a skills gap between what employers want and what schools produce. 

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At times I have my doubts.

Sure, you need to learn accounting skills if you want to become an accountant. Or know how to trade derivatives if you wish to become a securities trader.

But to become truly successful, you need to master the softer skills. And from what I have seen in my educational days and my career, not too mention what I read every so often in the press, you do not learn these crucial skills in school.

For example, 

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Without commenting on how people are interpreting the Tiger Woods situation – cheating on a partner, whether it is a spouse or in business is not good – there are a few excellent lessons in what is transpiring. And given the rate Tiger would charge for a lesson, you are getting a great deal on this.

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