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When Leopards & Mountains make a lot of sense April 1, 2009

Posted by ash in about corporate woes, about Moody rants.
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As March ends and marks the end of the fiscal year for many Japanese companies around the world, I wonder just how many “JB”s (to steal wee‘s terminology) have left their positions and started a new life somewhere starting today.

I have seen quite a few and can understand the suddeness involving the transfer of a typical “JB”. Usually the transfer would have been planned and known amongst the “large fries” in the months of Dec and Jan. Finally the news would be broken to the small fry (including subordinates) in the company around mid-February. It would most likely be done in a very detached manner worthy of the guerilla. Everyone would be bombed by surprise.

Not that the process means anything here but when you are in a situation of facing sudden departure from someone, you find that you often have very little time to assess what you really feel about that someone. Like how Wee realised that her JB is really one of the best managers that she had, my impression of my own ex JB fleeted from negative to temporary positive and then negative again. An e-mail I received yesterday confirmed the fact.

What I really want to say is that, probably, most of the time you can just judge a person based on first impression or impression based on initial contact.

The wise people had said “江山易改,本性难移” and “A leopard never change its spots”. I am beginning to believe that I should have heeded this primitive advice. What you see is what you get. Especially so towards the very end.

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