June, 2008

Poaching Passive Job Seekers with a Business Card

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The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports Apple’s newest way of hiring great employees is by poaching them from other companies. A business card Apple’s recruiters give out says simply: You’re amazing. We should talk.

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I Wonder Why The Other Mothers At The Park Are Avoiding Me

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Webinar: Ten Tips for Driving Better Project Outcomes

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I sat in on a Catalyze Community webinar today, given by Carey Schwaber , a Sr. Analyst at Forrester Research. The topic was "Ten Tips for Driving Better Project Outcomes" and was directed at the Business Analyst role, which is one way to view the Product Management role. (A A recording of the webinar will be posted in a couple days.)

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Because You’re Young


The title of this blog entry is taken from a song on one of my favorite David Bowie albums, “Scary Monster & Super Creeps”. If you own this album, there is a good chance you are a member of my generation (X). In my experience, knowledge of pop music and television shows is one of […]. Uncategorized David Bowie Generation Y Talent Supply


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Management Made Simple: Management by Quotation

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Jack Hayhow shared 2 quotes from management guru Peter Drucker on management made simple that started my management brain thinking: Make sure your people are doing work they find meaningful and satisfying. Do everything you can to help your people make progress. I read these and I thought to myself, "Thanks for sharing these Jack. Now HOW do I do them? I know I need to do those things. My question has never been WHAT but rather HOW do I do them?”. What do YOU think?

Sunday Management Roundup

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I got some good feedback about my last Sunday Link Love , so I thought I'd do another one for you this week. Thanks to TexasEx94, Armin , and Miki for your encouragement on last week's post. Lisa Haneberg created How to Hire a Manager. If you're looking to hire a manager because you're getting promoted? According to Lisa, this will serve the whole organization. Scot Herrick reminds us to do something productive every day.

Will you read one business book this summer? Please!

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 Books…Books…Books: Read Your Way to Better Managing. by David Zinger. Read the following disconcerting snippet from Ryan Wall’s blog, RyanWallPaper : A study done a few years back (American Booksellers Association) revealed that the average business person with 6 or more direct reports above the age 40 reads.7 business books every 5 years! YIKES! Please tell me you are above this average! Better yet, what business book or books are you planning to read this summer?

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What would you do with $1000?

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Your manager just walked into your office and said: “Today’s your lucky day. You have $1000 to spend on your team, however you want to. Come back to me by lunch time with your list of items and we’ll buy whatever’s on the list, as long as it doesn’t exceed $1000 total.&#. What would you buy? A good lunch : I manage 8 folks, so at $25 per person, that’s $200. Refreshing beverage of choice : Some like iced coffee, some iced tea, and some want juice.

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Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Employee Engagement Vital Connections

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Sliding into engaging connections. by David Zinger. We seem to be in a constant search for the defintion of employee engagement. It is like what one judge said about ponography, you know it when you see it but it is difficult to define. To me, employee engagement is connection. View this 16 slide presentation on the key connections for employee engagement. View | Upload your own. Share This

Do Your Core Business Well


When a business is initially successful, it is generally in one type of business. That success often leads owners and managers to begin thinking they can make any business successful. They start thinking about diversifying into other types of businesses. The reverse of this is when a business is struggling and the owner or manager believes that the only way to achieve success is to diversify.

5 Ways to Bounce After a Management Mishap

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Guest post from Barry J. Moltz. I know a lot about management mishaps. After working for IBM for 10 years and then running three businesses of my own over the past 15 years, I have had my fair share of train wrecks both as a manager and employee. At IBM, they trained me as a classical manager with classes, simulations and 360 HR surveys. I felt fortunate to have that training when I started to manage my own businesses without the luxury of an HR department.

Employees and Profits


Success in business is almost entirely dependent upon the quality of the people a business employs. Those that hire and promote people who fit their jobs well and are considered high performers tend to do well. Those that have a casual attitude about hiring, training, retaining and promoting high performers tend to struggle. While product/service offered, the economy and a little luck often play into the success of the business, it is people that determine its long-term success.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Heads Up Management: 10 Management Clichés

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Nothing up your sleeve except extra golf balls. by David Zinger. Here are 10 management questions based on popular clichés: Can you think outside of the box if you work in a shoe store? If you have 20 cents do you have a real paradigm shift? If you work for NASA can you really say it’s not rocket science? If you work in the garmet industry can you push the needle? Can you touch base if you are not a baseball player? Do both hunters and managers need to get their ducks in a row?

Refine Processes the Easy Way


What TQM, CQI, reengineering and other process improvement programs advocate is an increase in efficiency through the systematic study and improvement of critical business processes. But what we have found is that many companies approach these programs incorrectly by: 1) selecting unimportant or lower priority processes to study 2) getting bogged down in the analysis rather than focusing on results. What is a process?

Why Do Managers Fail?

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Lisa Haneberg recently shared a brilliant list of 5 simple reasons managers fail. #1 1 came as no surprise to me. Fail to build positive and trusting relationships. So simple, yet often completely missed by many managers. Management is a team sport folks, and if you don't like it, you shouldn't be a manager. If you get that point, then let's talk about this a little more. Who should you build relationships with, and how should you build them?

Sunday Link Love

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I typically don’t post anything on Sunday’s because most people don’t read Slacker Manager on Sundays, but today I thought I’d mix it up a bit and see what happens. I’m calling this Sunday Link Love, and I’ll give it a try the next few weeks to see if it’s worth doing. Like any good manager, I’m open to new ideas and new ways of doing business, all in the sake of science of course.

Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

Business Book Zingers: Know Can Do!

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5 Zingers - Know Can Do: Put Your Know-How Into Action. by David Zinger. Know Can Do! was written by Ken Blanchard, Paul J. Meyer, and Dick Ruhe. The book answers the question why don’t we do what we know we can and should do? Because of information overload we don’t put our know-how into action. Let me repeat this: repetition is the key to overcoming each of the reasons people don’t do what they know (p.

Sales and Wasting Time


The way that sales people utilize their time is critical to their success. Many sales people are simply ineffective time managers. Every minute of every day is essential to a sales person. Sales managers need to stress the importance of time and help their sales people understand how wasted time translates into lost sales. Let''s look at an example to clarify our point. Suppose the average face-to-face call lasts 15 minutes. And the average travel time between accounts is 30 minutes.

Be Specific When Praising: Fast Feedback Tip

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Wondering why your praise isn’t getting results? Take this quick quiz. Quick quiz: Does your feedback sound like this: You’re doing a great job Joe! Keep it up! Or this: Thanks for working an extra hour the last 3 nights to finish up that tough project. Now that it’s out on time, our customers will be 31% more efficient, which will make the firm as a whole more profitable.

Learn Front Line Jobs


The more you know about the operations of your business, the easier it will be to make informed decisions. Spend some time working side-by-side with your front line employees to gain a better understanding of what they go through each day and to get a better feel for the processes they undertake. This knowledge will help when focusing on process refinement and when making operational decisions.

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

The Sport of Management: You Make the Call!

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If management was a sport what sport would it be? by David Zinger. Do you ever compare management or the workplace to a sport? Management is like rugby. My son and daughter play rugby. This is not as popular a sport in Canada as hockey, football, or soccer. I thought rugby had a lot in common with management and work.

Keep It Simple


For some unknown reason, business people continually try to make things more complicated and complex than they need to. When it comes right down to it, business is not all that complicated. A business exists to make a profit. To do so, a company must offer a product or service that has appeal within a market or set of markets, it must hire good people, it must market its product or service effectively, it must control expenses and it must provide high levels of customer service.

Don’t Quit and Stay: Train Your Team in Spite of Turnover

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After 4 and a half years of nearly zero turnover on the team I manage, only 4 associates out of the 7 I started the year with are still working for me, with 1 leaving in 6 weeks and 1 splitting her time between my team and another team. Some managers I've talked to who also manage level 1 (some might call them entry level) associates told me I shouldn't waste my time training my team, because the turnover I experienced this year is far more normal than the previous 4.5 years of stability.

Management: Are you ready for the Red Monkey?

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Jef Staes wrote, My Organisation is a Jungle. Jef outlines red monkey innovation management. In a future post I will review the book but for now, here are some tidb its Jef sent to me about the Red Monkey: A Red Monkey is an idea, not a person. A Red Monkey is  most of the time born out of a conversation  (open innovation) between different  ecosystems ( organizations, companies, ages, …).

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

Think Strategically


Getting employees to think strategically rather than operationally can be difficult. Here are some simple tips on learning to think more strategically: 1.Remember that the foundation for a sound strategic plan is goals. They provide direction and focus and well as a basis for finding alternative ways of achieving them. Never lose sight of your goals. Forget about "the way it''s always been done"! Think about how things could be and/or should be. Get outside your comfort zone!

Go Far in Fargo: Jodee Bock and Bigger Small Talk

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Find your Community and Genius in Fargo. by David Zinger  . Many have watched Fargo , the movie, but have you experienced the community of Fargo? Jodee Bock created and facilitated an incredible 2 day event in Fargo this past week. Day 1 : An open space day where a strong community of learners worked together to create bigger small talk. It was wonderful to see the power of the community define their needs and offer their perspectives, insights, solutions, opinions, and voice.

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One Key to “Uncrankiness�

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Guest article from Wayne Turmel, Cranky Middle Manager , and president of Great Web Meetings. I've been doing a lot of interviews and speaking on the subject of middle management lately and there's one thing that emerges time and time again- the key to becoming uncranky is usually in the manager's control. I know it seems like a paradox - I mean let's face it, most of what makes us cranky involves other people.