Wooden ships and iron men

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Ah, the great age of sail! For many hundreds of years, men built great numbers of wooden sailing vessels for commercial purposes and for the making of war. The truth, as hinted at by the saying above is that there was very little that was actually romantic or desirable about a life at sea....


Jul 19, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Two hours for lunch

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One of the little jokes I used to tell back at the office was how hard it was to get anything done, what with an hour coffee break in the morning, two hours for lunch, another hour coffee break in the afternoon, combined with leaving early, there just isn’t much time to get things done. In...


Sep 05, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing of job leads

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The newsletters the past few weeks have been a little thin, so I thought I would take this opportunity to remind all of you of our mutual commitment to share job leads, even those in which we are an active participants. Yes, I know it is counter-intuitive to share leads in which you are an...


Aug 28, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Using your imagination

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I have often joked that I am known for “in the box thinking.”Thinking outside of the box, whatever that means, isn’t easy. As financial folks we just aren’t built that way.Still, being boring and unimaginative doesn’t have to become a way of life. And, although this may sound counterintuit...


Sep 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Counterintuitive ideas

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There are a lot of counterintuitive ideas out in the world. (It is sometimes called “out of the box thinking.”) What may not be fully recognized is that The FENG, our little circle of friends, is based on quite a few radical ideas, and amazingly they all work. The earliest premise of our o...


Sep 24, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

That was so 15 minutes ago

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It is at all times important to remember that Americans live in the present and the future. If you want to sound like an old person all you have to do is spout phrases like “I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon.” Or, “I remember when we did spreadsheets with pencils and calculators.” ...


Oct 04, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Any port in a storm

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One of our members wrote to me a few years ago seeking some career advice. It seems his firm is restructuring and his job is being eliminated. That said, he has some “work opportunities” that are available to him, (some at his current firm) but all of which are a little off task to his pri...


Nov 05, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A visualization of the ideal candidate

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The classic cruel joke of job search is that the client is looking for someone just like you, but much younger. Of course, no one can use these exact words out of fear of getting sued for age discrimination, which we all know is illegal. Setting illogically low levels of experience and/or ...


Oct 28, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Learning the basics

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When I first got into sailing as a young man (I was in my 30’s), my father-in-law suggested we take a class – what a concept! Sailing is actually pretty simple. First, you can’t sail directly into the wind (I wonder why?). Next, never spit into the wind. And finally, if you feel yourself g...


Nov 06, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Time, tides & job search

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As an avid sailor these many years, I have found a certain comfort in the predictability of the tide. For example, at one time we had our sailboat in a harbor that prevented us from leaving or entering at dead low tide. An inconvenience to be sure, but one that was manageable given publish...


Dec 13, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Weather is very local

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Ever the wise sailor, I always check the weather forecast before going sailing for the day. When out on vacation, the weather forecasts I listen to and study frequently cover a much broader area than I am planning to need for a particular day. I like knowing what the weather is going to be...


Jan 02, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stone soup and job leads

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For those of you not familiar with the story of stone soup, I would encourage you to go to: http://www.extremelinux.info/stonesoup/stonesoup.html (Is the Internet great, or what?) It’s not a long story, but it explains in easy to understand terms how you can turn nothing into something, an...


Jan 20, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Looking for a job in secret

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While many things in this electronic world we live in are a lot easier, keeping your job search a secret isn’t one of them. My wife reminded me recently of the hours I used to spend at my typewriter during the 1980’s responding to job ads. Yes, there was a time after candles were replaced ...


Jan 27, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Buggy whip manufacturing

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For those members who are looking for a job just like the one they had, it may be time to take a good hard look around and see if this is a practical problem. Like the buggy whip manufacturers of old, some jobs and some industries are just not coming back. If you are in one of the hard str...


Feb 14, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining the consistency of multiple databases

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I’m not sure if all of you are aware of it, but The FENG is driven off of the ONE database we maintain of your directory listings. Our RSVP system and The FENG Forum all derive their usefulness from being driven off this primary source of information and never have to be synchronized. Here...


Feb 18, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A point in time

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One of the very lovely things we do in our family is spend several days each summer at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. And, if luck is on my side, we get to be there on the 4th of July when the excitement is palpable. What is unusual about this museum is that it is a livi...


Feb 24, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is industry experience overrated?

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For those members out of the buggy whip industry, changing industries is exactly what you have to do. It is for all of you that I dedicate tonight’s editorial. (You may substitute your industry if you prefer. It can also be true that you just don’t see much local opportunity in your indust...


Mar 26, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dinosaurs can’t dance

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Several years ago I got a note from one of our members of long standing complaining about the value of the leads in our newsletter. It was a well written message that cited chapter and verse about his experiences and I read it with great interest. Consistent with the experience of most of ...


Mar 17, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Experience versus the energy of youth

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There was an article I read a long time ago about the value of experience versus the energy of youth. The premise and conclusion were no surprise to me. Experience has a tendency to win out. While I would gladly concede that Americans have always worshiped youth and that there is inherent ...


Apr 11, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is your job boring? Is there a cure?

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Several years ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a quarterly meeting of the Association of International Bank Auditors on the subject of Networking Strategies. As you might expect in any gathering of financial folks, several of those in attendance were members of The FENG. One of the to...


Apr 14, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When is enough, enough?

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The story goes that if a frog is thrown into a pot of boiling water he will have the good sense to jump out. On the other hand, if you put a frog in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, he will boil to death. (Please don’t try this at home. I like frogs. I am sure you can verify the ver...


May 02, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG