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Counter Offers

Receiving a counter offer is like being asked to be a bridesmaid… flattering at first, but ultimately a pain in the ass.  Here’s the good news, you can decline a counter offer:   It’s not you, it’s me… While counter offers feel flattering and a boost to the ego is nice, the reality is that…

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How Goodly Do You Talk?

By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA   How important is communication? Being in IT, I work with a lot of developers, technical architects, and folks whose first language is not English. First and foremost, I wrote this post for people in the North American corporate world, where the primary language of business is English. However, I…

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Steady Eddie vs the Blue Flamer . . . and Why You Need Them Both on Your Team

Every company has them, the Steady Eddies and the Blue Flamers. But not every company is smart enough to treat them with the respect they deserve. A company without the right mix of both is not functioning optimally.   The Blue Flamer   You’ve seen her. Prepared for anything that comes her way; she often has the answer…

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Seeing is Believing? Or is Believing … Seeing?

By Cat Lam, CPA-CMA Founder of ITsolopreneurs.com   “Dad, how many Santa Clauses are there in the world?” Here’s the backstory. Since I had my 5 yr old, I have been dreading the one day that I have to finally break it to him that Santa isn’t real. Growing up in an immigrant household, there…

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Ten New Things to Try at Work this Week

*Originally Published –  April 20, 2015 Feeling a little overwhelmed, or worse yet, underwhelmed at work?  Is it time to shake things up, get the creative juices stirring, bring some passion back to your nine-to-five? Spring is here.  In my northern hometown it’s still a bit chilly (it will dip below freezing again tonight.  Sigh).  But…

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How Guanxi can be the Wind in your Sail

By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA Have you heard of Guanxi? Chances are, you might have encountered this term in passing when talking about business. If you grew up in a Chinese household like I did, you’d definitely grew up with it. It’s the Chinese term for relationships. The term guanxi (pronounced ‘gwon-shee’), is usually used…

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Temps for vacation coverage Y/N?

Right off the bat let me start by saying, “Yes!  Almost always yes!”  I might be biased because my world is temp-focused, however, there are many advantages to having a temporary employee join your team!   “I don’t have time to train” This is the most common statement I hear. And most of the time…

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Are business cards a thing of the past?

By Cat Lam, CPA, CMA, http://ITsolopreneurs.com   In the past few weeks, I attended an extraordinary number of networking events. One thing that is synonymous with networking is, of course, the exchange of business cards. Now, you might as well know. Ask me what I do with these business cards afterwards, and I’ll show you…

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Top 5 Recruitment Firm Myths – Debunked

Disclaimer: you should know that I recently re-watched Jerry Maguire this past weekend so I apologize in advance for the TomCruise-ian undertones of this post. To begin, it is just plain unreasonable for we Recruiters to expect you to know our process.  I want to peel back the onion and take the opportunity to give…

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