Month: October 2016

Personal Leadership: Saying “No”

Note: In September 2016, I was caught in a company-wide reduction in force (RIF). This is my follow-up piece to the prior blog post.

A week after I was caught in RIF, I politely and candidly declined a lucrative strategy consulting engagement offer from my former manager at Capital IQ, who is now an SVP at one of the largest payment companies. One close friend (a FinTech expert) who I confided with reacted: “ Dude!, that is $xxx for four-month, cash money man! Besides…payments…could be fun.”

Indeed, I have a special passion for FinTech and data-driven businesses. Payments, in various crude and advanced forms, serve as the backbone of the global economy. In fact, payments represent the world economy, which is simply the aggregation of all transactions for goods/services and financial assets.

For someone who is just out of a job, it seems counter-intuitive to turn away such a good opportunity, not to mention the lucrative financial reward. Had I been my old self, I would probably have said yes immediately But this time, I felt little FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and there was a (rational) thought process behind it. Continue reading “Personal Leadership: Saying “No””