Posts Tagged with "observations"

Travel cage match: Santiago, Chile vs. Buenos Aires, Argentina (part 2: Drink)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Travel cage match:  Santiago, Chile vs. Buenos Aires, Argentina (part 2: Drink)

If you're new here, you may want to start with Our Consulting Problem and maybe our FAQ and if you like what you see you should totally subscribe to receive new posts via RSS or email in the box on the top right. Thanks for visiting!2 cities enter.  One city leaves. Will it be Santiago, [...]

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Travel cage match: Santiago, Chile vs. Buenos Aires, Argentina (part 1: Food)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Travel cage match:  Santiago, Chile vs. Buenos Aires, Argentina (part 1: Food)

2 cities enter.  One city leaves. Will it be Santiago, Chile – the home of enormous mayo covered hot dogs and some of the most impressive mountain views anywhere in the world? or Will it be Buenos Aires, Argentina -where you can (and more or less have to) eat steak 5+ times a week? We spent [...]

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And… we’re back

Friday, October 1, 2010

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And… we’re back

Coming back after a long trip can be an experience in itself.  We’ve been back in the US for 2 weeks now after spending 6 months in Argentina and Chile. Buenos Aires is a drama queen–she cried the day before we left all day (AKA it rained).  Seattle welcomed us in the only way it [...]

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Rehab phase 1 is almost complete; Phase 2 is coming

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Rehab phase 1 is almost complete; Phase 2 is coming

Today is our last day in Chile. Tomorrow we return to Argentina. Next week we return to the US. Phase 1 of rehab has been intense We have been unemployed and in South America for almost exactly 6 months now. For 6 months we have had no deadlines and no responsibilities. We’ve had neither cellphone [...]

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Atacama: A Vacation within a vacation within a vacation

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Atacama:  A Vacation within a vacation within a vacation

First… we packed up our apartment in San Francisco, put most of our stuff in storage and went to Buenos Aires. Then… after ~4 months we left a couple of bags with a friend in Buenos Aires and went to Santiago. Then… after ~1 month we left a couple of bags with friends in Santiago [...]

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CPTJMIY: Dave Kovac on Volunteer Vacations, Global Village, and finding balance (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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CPTJMIY: Dave Kovac on Volunteer Vacations, Global Village, and finding balance (Part 2)

It’s been a long and arduous 3 day wait, but I’m thrilled to let you know that you need not wait any longer… Part 2 of our interview with the very first featured Crazy Person That Just Might Inspire You (CPTJMIY) is here. I’m sure you all read part 1 of our interview with Dave [...]

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CPTJMIY: Dave Kovac on Volunteer Vacations, Global Village, and finding balance (Part 1)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

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CPTJMIY:  Dave Kovac on Volunteer Vacations, Global Village, and finding balance (Part 1)

We are tired. It’s hard [expletive removed] work trying to inspire all of you people out there to get out and create the life you’ve always wanted rather than the one you think you are supposed to have. We recognize that many of you read this and think, “Wow, that’s really great for them that [...]

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Management book chapter 2: Perfectionists should kick themselves in the head (perfectly)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Management book chapter 2:  Perfectionists should kick themselves in the head (perfectly)

Last week we discussed the merits of building career option-value and warned about Brick Wall Syndrome (BWS) and the tyranny of the evil mongeese.  This week, we’ll tackle the advantages of being a perfectionist and make the argument that if you are a perfectionist you should try to kick yourself in the head (as perfectly [...]

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Beaches and mountains and wineries, oh my!: More reasons why Santiago rocks

Monday, August 9, 2010

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Beaches and mountains and wineries, oh my!: More reasons why Santiago rocks

While Santiago is a great city in and of itself, possibly its most compelling feature is its proximity to an amazing variety of incredible day-trips, ranging from beaches to wineries to mountains and more.  This is a tale of some of those day-trips. Context I thoroughly enjoyed writing about career related topics (e.g., Career Option-value) [...]

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If I were to write a management book about career “option value” . . .

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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If I were to write a management book about career “option value” . . .

I know a lot of people that are working very, very hard in jobs that they don’t have any particular passion for (and in many cases dislike quite a bit) in order to have greater “option value.” I was one of them; I spent the majority of the last 10 years building option value. As [...]

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