Success Despite the Corporation

All organizations are political in one way or another. If groups of people are involved, there will be some measure of political behavior. This entry is about the success of an individual and the political stupidity of the corporation.

Tom worked his way up “the ladder”– professional, manager, director, vice president. His first vice president job was for a global corporation, in Troy Michigan, about 80,000 employees in 120+ countries. He was responsible for the corporation’s Expatriate Program, Global Policy and Practice, and managing the Region Human Resources Directors in Europe, Central and South America, and Asia Pacific.

Six months into the job Tom released the local Chinese guy who resided in Shanghai China and held the position of Human Resources Director of China. At the time that position managed / lead the HR function in several China plants, 1000’s of people. The guy was in his late 40’s and retired on the job. After multiple trips to Asia to interview replacements, Tom hired Sony for the Director’s position. She held degrees in Biology and Secondary Education, had years of experience in education and in H.R. with two USA-based global corporations with operations in China.

Tom supervised Sony and other global directors from the Troy office. Sony came up to speed quickly. The Asia Pacific region grew and Tom moved to Shanghai to fill the the new VP of HR for the Asia Pacific position. At the time the company had 19 manufacturing plants in 11 countries and about 10,000 employees. Sony’s position, Director, H.R., China, then reported to Tom.

Two years later Tom recommended Sony for an expatriate position in Michigan, the corporation agreeing with the plan for Sony to return to China, after the completion of the expatriate assignment, and replace Tom as VP of the Asia Pacific Region. While an expatriate the corporation paid for Sony’s Masters in Business Administration in a USA university. After three years, Tom retired and the corporation repatriated Sony to China to a dead end H.R. support position, despite the investment in Sony’s expatriate assignment, fully paying for her master’s degree, a successful USA assignment, and 10 years of experience with USA based global corporations. Why did this happen? Politics at work.

Sony left the corporation one year later and landed a job as HR VP  for the Asia Pacific Region for a very large, global USA based corporation. The same position she was by-passed for in the previous corporation. She was very successful, eventually retired, and yet does career coaching.

A great story of success despite the odds !!!

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Making Informed Decisions

For those out there interested in the promises of free Health Care, Free College/University educations, Medicare for all, and paid off student debt, and other government provided “freebies”, please look past the hype.  

Do you know where the revenue will come from for that “free stuff”?  The likely sources: increased citizen’s taxes or, the country borrows more money to pay for the “freebies” (do you know the USA’s debt is more than 23 trillion). 

And, consider you can’t tax the wealthy enough to pay for all the “freebies”.   If you tax the corporations, they’ll either pass it on to customers, find other means to reduce the increased taxes, or change to more tax friendly scenarios. 

The aforementioned is not meant as a political statement, just a reality check! Please educate yourself prior to making decisions.

(At right) $20+ Trillion with the Statue of Liberty in the center. USA debt, 2017. Now $23 Trillion.

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Some Advice on Cover Letters

Again, from one of my favorite mags, some to-the-point advice on getting the attention of the people who make hiring decisions.

Our friend from the ever disrespectful “South Park”. Please don’t read anything into the use of the character above. There is just nothing there!

And if you are curious as to , “Do I apply on line or by mail”, here is an opinion from Forbes and Liz Ryan, Founder and CEO, Human Workplace; Author, “Reinvention Roadmap”, that might help you answer that question.

If you go the ground mail route, make sure the application or resume and cover go to a specific person, by name. The hiring manager / supervisor is always better than Human Resources. You can find out who he or she is with a little creative research. And better yet, get it hand delivered to the hiring manager inside the company.

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If Their Lips are Moving….

Well, if you did not not watch the “State of the Union” on Feb 4th, the NY Times fact check article (link below) hit the highlights and the absolute “stretching of he truth” by the president and both parties.  I remember someone describing teenage behavior as if “their lips are moving they’re lying”.  Politicians!  For those who did see it the divisiveness was palpable. Of course that is not new… but last evening defined “seeing is believing”.  I don’t credit any of them for having any stones.  But to put it on display for the world to see as they did last evening makes them all dolts in my book.

You just have to ask yourself what the hell are we paying those people for. Certainly not what we saw at the state of the union .. can’t imagine what the world thinks. And we are paying dearly! In 2019, Congressional pay — $174,000 per year, their pension is at an 80-percent rate, equates to a lifelong pension benefit of $139,200. The Speaker of the House, annual salary $223,500. I could not find a summary of their total compensation package (staff, office, travel, entertainment/business meertings, etc.) … many hundreds of thousands, each!

The third in line ! Can you imagine? That is a leadership statement, has nothing to do with political party, or sex. I always thought Condoleezza Rice, for one, would have made and excellent leader in any role to include president!

According to “” the NY Times has a “lean-left” media bias rating (chart below) which is one notch left of center.

  I’ll be pushing up daisies in 5 to 10 according to the actuaries… it is the generations to come that I think about.

I did scan through other fact check sources… it appears most are not so different in their report. Here’s the Time’s:


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Can you imagine…

The poor people in Syria, trying to live, trying to have a normal life, trying to raise a family, trying to educate their kids… its not the people, its the government or lack there of…

From CNN… 2/2/2020

Recent escalations in the nine-year Syrian civil war have left hundreds of thousands of Syrians without a home and millions more stuck in the middle of the conflict. Last week, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey said the US saw 200 Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes in northern Syria in a span of three days. The pace of these military operations has only deepened the crisis, since large groups of people are being forced out of affected areas at a higher rate. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 people have been displaced since December alone. Russia and Turkey agreed to a ceasefire for the region in the middle of January, but the agreement has so far failed to end the violence. 

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