Category: Case study

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I have long maintained that you can tell everything you need to know about a company by how they hire and how they fire. I had a client go forward for a senior global position with a household name luxury brand recently and it turned into a case study for how a company should not […]

Wanda [not her real name] came to me with an interesting situation. She was highly qualified in the mathematical arena and, following a gap year, had taken an entry-level job with a financial services firm. Despite her extensive qualifications, the firm managed to low-ball her starting salary, stating that they felt she was overqualified for […]

Bonnie [not her real name] was 30. She had a long-term partner and was renting a reasonably nice apartment. Her primary degree was in philosophy and classics and she had completed a Masters degree in Ancient Greek (“Very useful if I ever visit Ancient Greece,” she used to ruefully say). Having lived abroad for some […]

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting it too low and achieving our mark.” (Michelangelo) Alan [not his real name] was married, in his mid-30s, with a Nursing qualification and a Marketing Degree and his career was stagnating. He had joined […]

“Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.” (Sydney J Harris) James (not his real name) was in his early 20s, with an honours Business degree from a good university, and a Masters degree in business from an even better […]