Seamus Phan

Speaker, Author, Strategist, Technologist, Artist

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Soaring above in a hot air balloon

How to fail your job interview (or 5 things not to do or say)

I was sitting in the cafe I regularly frequent, and observed yet another fascinating exchange between a boss of a recruitment firm, and a candidate.

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What should leaders do when employees threaten with career suicide?

We are not talking about actual suicide obviously, but the situation where an employee threatens to quit on you for no good reason. What should leaders do?

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cash and funding

Your business runs on more than just aesthetics

Often, sometimes what we think we need, is just a subjective desire that has no bearing on reality or our real business needs. What then, is the fuel that powers and propels a business for the long haul?

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Wall clock and time

What my unemployment as a young man taught me to succeed

I failed my junior college and went through national service in the army, and came out to the market after service, to face the worst recession in the 1980s. Unemployment was my daily reflection.

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Sengaku-ji, shrine temple for the 47 Ronin in Tokyo

Why I prefer to be a Rōnin than to work at a big corporation

The Rōnin (浪人, or wanderer) describes a samurai with no lord during the feudal period of Japan which lasted till the 19th century. Some of you may have heard of the tale of the 47 Rōnin, or have visited the shrine museum at Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺). The Rōnin enjoyed no perks or fixed stipends, and had to fend for themselves. It would seem pointless to be a Rōnin, right? Not so fast.

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Soaring above in a hot air balloon

Who determines your market value – you or the market?

A fair pay for a fair day’s labor, as they say. If you are paid a certain remuneration, it is equitable to how much effort you put in, and how much results you yield for the company.

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