June, 2008

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

Evil HR Lady

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Poaching Passive Job Seekers with a Business Card

Transparent Office

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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Webinar: Ten Tips for Driving Better Project Outcomes

Knowledge Musings

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.)

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

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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When the Dog Catches the Car

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What do you do when a wiki pilot succeeds? This is a question I'm hearing more and more. Usually the conversation goes something like this: "We launched a wiki pilot. It went great. Everyone in our group uses the wiki. We can't live without it. We'd love to see the rest of the company follow our lead. But.they're not." In theory this shouldn't be happening. According to most theorists of social software, getting started is the only hard part.

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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2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

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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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.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

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.

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?

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

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.

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.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

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.

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.

Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.