Changing strongly held beliefs

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As they say, old habits die hard. Because we believe they work, we do the same things over and over again that we have learned over the course of our careers. Not to say we can’t be retrained, but it is hard. Us financial types find it particularly hard. Part of the reason is that we gener...

Apr 24, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

On becoming obsolete

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It is a sad state of affairs when your presumed skills become obsolete, but like the buggy whip manufacturer of old, your only choice unless you want to become extinct is to adapt. Let’s see, buggy whips are made out of leather, so a good first step would be to define yourself as a leather...

May 13, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making the most of middle age

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Looking back on my visualization of middle age when I was in my youth, I must confess the picture currently is a lot different. At the ripe old age of 72, I thought I would share a few thoughts tonight in the hopes that others would be willing to share theirs. Any editorial/notes from memb...

Jun 05, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Their lips are moving, but there is no information

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There was an article in The Wall Street Journal in 2013 titled: “Didn’t Get the Job? You’ll Never Know Why” by Lauren Weber. The direct link is: and it is still available. I hope that all of you will take the ti...

Jun 10, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A few counter-intuitive thoughts

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Sharing job leads is only one of many counter-intuitive ideas that those of us who have been involved in The FENG for a period of time simply accept as the truth. As I often say, some of the ideas we have developed in The FENG take a little living with before you come to understand how the...

Jun 06, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Those lazy hazy days of summer

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As a season, summer is sure hard to beat. The days are warmer here in the Northeast. The days are also longer. No more getting up when it is pitch black and coming home when it is pitch black. (Winter is so depressing!) And, outdoor activities like sailing, tennis, and golf sure can’t be b...

Jun 17, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The Superman syndrome

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It has been my observation for many years that most of our members who are in their 40’s and 50’s move from large corporations to middle market ones. The reason, as I have often pointed out is that large corporations don’t hire senior executives except rarely. For good and valid reasons, t...

Jun 20, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates

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In my distant past I remember seeing a commercial in which an Abraham Lincoln look alike was sitting in an employment agency office. As the recruiter was flipping through his Rolodex he was telling old Abe that without “that sheepskin” he really wasn’t going anywhere. I guess the same thin...

Aug 13, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A long term activity

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I was shooting the breeze with a few of my fellow sailors this past weekend and got to thinking about the fact that for most of us, our worst misadventures happened early in our careers as sailors. When I got into sailing in my mid-30’s I started out by taking a course with the Coast Guard...

Aug 12, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Career decisions

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Making career decisions is never easy. And unfortunately, being a senior financial executive doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, because you are at a point in your career where you have probably held almost all of the appropriate titles for your skills, it is actually harder to be selecte...

Aug 21, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hurting other members

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It is of course true that our own self-interest at times quite naturally overrides our concern for others. If I am drowning, I can’t very well be expected to save someone else. It’s a kind of a “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” thing. For example, I find that members are frequently more ...

Aug 25, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Proof of the pudding

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One of the many fine traditions we have in The FENG is the sharing of job hunting tips. I have to tell you that recently I haven’t been hearing as many job hunting tips as I used to hear. No, it isn’t that I have heard it all. New things are certainly happening. The problem I fear is prima...

Aug 29, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fog, rifles & shotguns

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The current job market continues to throw a large fog bank over the senior executive job market. Not just us financial types, but all college educated, well experienced executives are struggling with defining who they are and what they do to somehow match what they believe to be the opport...

Sep 04, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling into a new industry

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It is not unusual, and is perhaps typical, that members of The FENG would like to change industries. I wish I could tell you that this is easy. Unfortunately, I think the phrase “easier said than done” is applicable here. Of course, someone telling me that a project is impossible is always...

Sep 22, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Rising tides

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In chatting with members over the many years I have Chaired The FENG, one hope frequently voiced has been a wish that as the economy improves there would be more jobs. The basic theory is that a rising tide floats all boats. If I wait long enough, it won’t be all that difficult to find ano...

Sep 30, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The incredible shrinking newsletter

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Although the great recession ended quite some time ago, we are still not getting a lot of leads for our evening newsletter. The two most important things that I hope that all of you are making every effort to share are good news announcements and job leads. Good news announcements let your...

Sep 25, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Social media and job search

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Anyone who wants to jump in here and correct me is more than welcome to do so, but I have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of misconceptions about the value of social media in your job search. Let me be clear that I strongly recommend you have as complete a LinkedIn profile as y...

Oct 06, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Oops, I made a mistake!

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It sure is a disappointment to find out you aren’t perfect. I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed the fact that typically the spreadsheets of my life tick and tie. I guess it goes with the territory of being a senior financial executive. Most things in our lives are measurable ...

Oct 10, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The darkest hour is before dawn

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As you can tell by the length of tonight’s newsletter, the published job market isn’t as strong as we would like it to be. That said, with 37,000+ members, I would hope we could generate more job leads for our newsletter. A few suggestions follow below. If I may paraphrase Yogi Berra, our ...

Oct 21, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stopping the aging process

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The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about the steps people are taking these days at work to conceal their age. I understand where this comes from. Ageism, as with all forms of prejudice, comes from ignorance. Across all of the ways of earning a living, it is true that SOME work...

Nov 24, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Tilting at windmills

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From time to time, I have been accused of tilting at windmills. Actually, I am never offended when I hear this because in large part everything we do in The FENG has elements of it, and I’m proud of it. It has indeed been a long road developing The FENG. Most importantly, I haven’t had to ...

Dec 11, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG