Is it worth to work in Spain?

Lately, the company I work with has opened some opportunities in Europe for Brazilian folks… and since I’m work in Spain for almost two years now, questions around living abroad starting to pop. In short: yes, it worth. In details, however, is important to take a lot of factors into account. I’ll break them down […]

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Performance Appraisal: assets or liabilities?

After some years discussing around with a lot of different people about performance appraisal and at the same time working for the financial sector, I had an epiphany some days ago: we, as professionals, are also either assets or liabilities to our companies. At the first sight, it sounds a bit rude and offensive, but let’s […]

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Performance Appraisal: Has it evolved?

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The study around performance appraisal started along with the Industrial Era, when Taylor was concerned about how much one could produce every day. Are we still working that way? Are we still being evaluated that way? At that time, professionals working on a production line had a very veeery specific job to do (who never […]

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A successful Remote Team working – Step #2 – Members

Having members with key skills on your team is vital to succeed in a remote environment. Here are some of the skills to be looking for. Following the first posting on the “Remote Team Working” series, I’d like to draft some lines to talk about what’s expected from the team members. The requirements will depend on […]

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A successful Remote Team working – Step #1 – Structure

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  Settle a successful remote team structure is a key factor nowadays. Here follows some simple steps to kick off the operation with the right foot. Some days ago, during a PMSE discussion, I felt compelled to share some lessons I learned (the hard way) around working with remote teams. Working with remote teams is […]

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Get away from assumptions

Communication is a key factor for a successful project or an epic disaster, so make sure you’re not assuming anything. If it’s not possible, focus on having as less assumptions as possible. Some months ago, I had my first clash with stakeholders, and now looking back I can understand it was caused by the level […]

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Leadership lessons I learned with my son

Leadership and parenting seems to be more related than I could ever thought before having my first kid. Here goes some insights on it. My first son is now around 3 years old. He’s amazing. Being father is amazing. Right now he’s watching Mickey while hugging my head. It’s an awesome feeling. But this post […]

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Performance Appraisal: Problems

Performance appraisal is a troubled topic that’s part of our daily work. In this series, I’ll share some thoughts, problems, and possible solutions for it. So, after around one year focused on my MBAs work about performance appraisal, I’m back to share some more thoughts on our IT world. A lot happened since then, so […]

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Keep the best or take the rest

Summary: Identify and nurture the key persons around you is the difference between a successful team with the best players or a bunch of people struggling to make things work. Besides sharing all the valuable experiences I gained from the projects I’ve been in, I’ll also write about some lessons I learned playing MMORPG games […]

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Understanding cultural differences

When working in a multi cultural environment, understanding the way each person behaves is crucial. There’s a video from Robert Dempsey HERE that is brilliant. My comments will be highly based on his video plus my experiences. For the last five years, my environment by itself is noticeably multicultural: I’m Brazilian, in a German company, […]

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