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Cur avem, creierul ne lipsește

România e o țară unde tragicul este ceva cotidian. În bula mea e bine, iar acolo tragediile sunt mai rare; când scot freza din bulă însă, dau invariabil cu nasul de tragedie. Iar uneori, într-un stil unic românesc, tragedia se dă de trei ori peste cap și se transformă instant în comedie. Cum se întâmplă asta la români? Articolul ăsta exact despre alchimia asta e.

Orice are un început, iar povestea asta începe cu un oraș din România numit Petrila. Dacă nu ați auzit de Petrila, ați auzit cu siguranță de Petroșani, iar dacă sunteți de vârsta mea ați și…


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When your native language is Romanian, but you work in a corporation where English is the official communication unifier, you get some funny side effects.

Take the word “cool”, for example: in Romania, when someone is cool it means that the person is more or less dead for already a few days. But worldwide, cool means cool — as the Maybot would put it in one of her unforgettable useless soundbites such as “Brexit is Brexit”.

But let’s not deviate, I mostly write about business, let’s stay on such topics: what makes companies cool and what makes them lose their…


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Your leader calls you to follow his or her lead. Now is the time to spring into action. There’s work to be done and some bruises to collect on the way. The road to victory is paved with challenges and it will not be easy. And at his point, you ask yourself: should I follow?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple test to reveal if the person called your leader is truly a leader? …


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I started my career at the beginning of the 2000s. I was a fresh graduate, with little or no practical knowledge or skills, demoralized and confused after almost 20 years of schools.

Back then, in Romania, the waters were very muddy, with endemic corruption and mineriads (violent social protests of the coal miners riding the capital of Romania and beating people indiscriminately). We were not part of the European Union, and therefore our mobility was almost zero. And the local IT industry was basically not existing, with a single concentrated cluster in Bucharest, the capital city.

After 5 hard, long…


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The idea of an open place office, should you not work in a corporation, might seem strange to you. I first saw an open plan office back in 2005, when the company I was working for had a contract with a large Romanian bank.

I can still remember the strange feeling I had stepping in their quarters, nothing else but a huge hall with hundreds of desks, separated from time to time by cardboard walls or stacked cabinets.

The idea of an open place office, at least from a marketing standpoint, is very generous: the lack of barriers of any…


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A study of World Economic Forum entitled Future of Jobs Report 2018 highlights the stuff that candidates will impress us with in the near future. And as a bonus, we also get the things you know today that will leave the interviewers cold.

In the 20th century,

the capability to execute repetitive tasks with precision and for a very long time was essential for the industrial revolution. At the assembly line, or at the cashier's checkout, there was no way to make it otherwise.

It was crucial to learn stuff by heart and to also remember what others were thinking…

Tudor Stoica

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