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25 Guys to avoid on Bay St.

June 28th, 2011

Not much to add to this one… I renamed it a little bit. The original article is 25 guys to avoid on Wall St.

I’ve been heading up Digital Strategy at a few financial services firms in Canada for the better part of a decade now. My current employer excluded (everyone there really is amazing!), I’ve run across quite of few of these types in my day… and not just in my Bay St. jobs.

Particularly the following:

  • Avoid the guy who calls you ‘Chief’.  He doesn’t remember your name.
  • Avoid the dim-witted back-slapping managing director. He’s not as smart as you are—but he’s been throwing guys like you under the bus since you were in grade school.
  • Avoid the girl who cries at her desk. (You can ignore my advice on this one—but either way, you won’t make that mistake twice.)
  • Avoid anyone who tells you to ‘take one for the team’. He got where he is by convincing dopes like you to jump in front of an oncoming train.
  • Avoid anyone who is ten years older than you are—and is still more junior in the reporting structure. He hates you more than you could ever imagine.

Especially the one about ‘Taking one for the team…” Learned that lesson the hard way.

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