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Google, Microsoft… or somewhere else. It’s common!

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It’s been a challenging 2 months… ever since a call to do more in my full time role, from being just an Accounts Manager in a 360 digital agency here in Singapore, to more like a General Manager where not only am I involved in business development and client servicing, but more involved in planning, organizing, directing, controlling…

We have a great solid team of people working together and I am really proud of where we are at right now as a team. The chemistry mostly are very good (can improve…)… no politics among us…

It’s been challenging… because I felt personally I have swung to the extreme of being so consumed with work rather than taking care of my personal / spiritual life which has dwindled. Took me a while to face up to the fact that I need help and my wife has been super supportive and encouraging towards me and I thank God for that. A man has to lead and if a man needs help, he’s gotta face up to the issue, get humble and get help. That’s what I am going to do and that’s what I am going to change.

Came across some articles about staff leaving Google and pursuing their career elsewhere… and some even returned to Microsoft!!! Kidding right? No.

Between the lines from Danny Thorpe – the guy that was involved with Piclens and then now back to Microsoft.

Dare Obasanjo

Sergey Solyanik – Dev Manager at Microsoft

Svetlin Nakov – A guy who rejected Microsoft offer but provided some insights into the interview process at Microsoft. This is a must read!!!

Where does Google go next – from CNN

Dion Almaer – Google engineer and his thoughts on some of the post above.

It’s a good read and I am sure there are Microsofties that left for Google or elsewhere… and it is common. But what I see in the pattern is that we all leave for different reasons, not necessary all the time over salary or politics… but growth in our capabilities, taking up new challenges… Which reminded me of a few meet ups I had with some colleagues who thought of pursuing their career somewhere else… and I have always expressed myself very candidly on that matter when it was made known to me and that is to always be clear WHY we leave our existing role / job and not ‘react’ to the situation.

If there are issues, try to resolve it first…

If it is a salary issue, evaluate if you have given your best and take up ownership and then talk to the management about it… negotiation is a lot easier after you have done your part.

If it is job scope issue, bring it up to management and express what you would like to try…

If it is a politics issue, avoid getting involved further and make a stand, unless management / boss is the one flaming it… then probably it’s best to get away…

If it is simply a much better offer, go for it!!!

Sometimes we may feel like we have brought it up to management but they don’t listen and that’s fair… at least you have done the most important part and that is TALK TO THEM!!! Decision comes a lot easier after that…

But always leave because you have a clear objective WHY you leave and not because of some unresolved issues or some reaction to something unpleasant…

Learn to see from a Boss / Management mindset and ask WHY… before asking WHY from an employee mindset… Many times I have learnt that it put things in better perspective and allow one to get out of the ‘WHY NOT ME’ mindset…

WHY boss is like that…

WHY boss did not do that…

WHY boss did not appreciate me as much…

(I know it’s over simplifying the process… and issues of pursuing a greener pasture… but you get the point, right? :))

Sharing and hearing some of the colleagues and expressing our view candidly has in turn helped them us to see the growing opportunities the agency has before us (my personal opinions)… Through some analysis, they too became clearly on what was clouding their thoughts and eventually decided to hang on for a while to see the opportunities and the growth that we can gain from it. No workplace is perfect and in our agency too, we are getting feedbacks and implementing changes to grow staff capabilities and job scope and hopefully every one get some rewards… Surprisingly, some stayed on while others whom did not open up to anyone in the company / management… has left somewhat with some unresolved issue… (nothing wrong with that… just felt it was a lost to the company, and perhaps a lost to the ex colleagues as they lost an opportunity to learn something about themselves if it was something that could have been resolved, and then they can still decide to leave…)

Anyway… just some random rants / thoughts on employment stuff…

Time to make some change to my spiritual life.  

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July 2, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Audio books rock!!! Thanks Audible.com

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I have been onto audible books for more than 2 months now, officially that is. I have long been a podcast fanatics on certain topic, Mac, Windows, Security stuff, Gadgets… but thanks to the constant bombardment from Leo Laporte and its podcast, I have signed on to Audible account and has been rewarded greatly with the great selections and good titles they have.

Currently I am on Blue Ocean Strategy, on value innovation stuff… A good read.

Travelling to work or anywhere has never been the same… It allows me to get soaked in expanding my perspective while on the go and that is something that I find very very good for any modern citizen of the world… where there is sometimes, just too many things to get done and not prioritising reading is a no no in my opinion.

Four Hour Work Week coming up in my queue, next few audible books to get hold of.

Check out Audible.com

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January 24, 2008 at 4:30 am