It’s been a busy week. Had a wonderful time speaking at the Roppongi Hills Breakfast earlier in the week. If you’re in Tokyo, you should definitely check it out.
About Guy # 1:
Was even more surprised to see the guy listing a Professorship at Tokyo University on his resume. A professorship for two years. Wow, I thought, very impressive.
I know the guy. He had given two lectures there to a student group. Sorry this is not a professorship. Maybe it’s an oversight, maybe it’s nothing. To me, it was a bit of an outrage. Especially considering the guy never went to any university, the number of people who inflate their resumes, and the guy’s business.
The guys business: Headhunting!! Executive Recruiting. If the guy worked for me, I’d fire him. Or at least tell him to revise his resume. No, I’d fire him.
About Guy # 2:
He heads operations for a large medical supply company here. He told me over dinner: “there are going to be some layoffs and I’m in charge of figuring out compensation when people leave.”
Normally, his company gives 8 months severance pay to compensate senior people for the loss of their jobs.
“Bob”, he told me, “I’m working on a big deal.” “I’m going to talk with the CEO today about the layoffs and instead of giving people 8 months severance, I’m going to suggest to the president that we get people to accept only 5 months severance.
“I am going to ask that for every one that accepts five months, I get one of those months for compensation for saving the company money. The company can keep the other two months and save money and I will get a huge bonus.”
He asked me what I thought. I was shocked. Honestly, I did not know what to say. He’s one of those “family values” guys. Loves his family, he always tells me.
Obviously he never thought about the other people’s families.
I left my dinner with him early. I never got to find out what happened. He got promoted to head up an even bigger division of the company.
I would have fired him, not promoted him. I wonder if he ever had that talk with the president.
Integrity matters. Integrity matters?
Really it does. I’d like to think it does.
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