Three rules for networking
March 3rd 2014
Want to connect with the luminaries in your field? Asking a busy person for an hour of their time is unlikely to get you very far, strategy consultant Dorie Clarks writes for Harvard Business Review. To improve the chances of a positive response, don’t misunderstand the power dynamics, be mindful of the competing demands on your target’s time, and clearly explain what benefit you can offer them.
Time to rethink quirky interview questions?
February 27th 2014
Despite some popularity in recent years, offbeat interview questions don’t lead to better hiring outcomes, a blog in The Washington Post says. For example, asking candidates what they would do faced with the prospect of a “zombie apocalypse” tends to resonate more with men; consequently, women are more likely to be screened out of the recruitment process, as is becoming apparent in Silicon Valley. It’s time for a rethink, the blog suggests.
Seven smart management tips
February 26th 2014
Want to create a happy, productive team? Leading entrepreneurs suggest doing away with micro-management and focusing on achievement rather than hours at the desk and fostering a culture of trust and communication. In short, treat staff as you would like them to treat your best customers, advises The Guardian.
Don’t neglect future leaders
February 25th 2014
It may be easy to overlook the pivotal people in your organisation if they are not yet in managerial positions. But providing opportunities for crucial individuals to develop their leadership acumen will not only help them expand their influence with colleagues and clients, but it can also identify future managers. An added benefit: They will feel valued and be more likely to stay with the firm in the long run, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman write for Harvard Business Review.
Perfect the nine-minute presentation
February 24th 2014
Ever left a presentation with this impression: “It had some good information, but it was just too long.” Apparently, Kevin Karschnik has. Writing for SmartBlog, Karschnik says an excellent presentation can and should be culled to nine minutes. That time, times two, works at TED conferences, so perhaps a similar restriction should be in place at your next meeting, Karschnik writes.
A talk show host’s guide to the graceful exit
February 20th 2014
Professionals approaching retirement age can learn a lot from the way former US talk show host Jay Leno handled his departure from a storied career in late-night TV, career coach Nancy Collamer says in Forbes. As Leno has shown, the keys to leaving a cherished role with dignity involve keeping negative comments about your employer to yourself and paving the way for your successor. Being financially prepared and planning your retirement can also help you maintain perspective.
How to avoid being high maintenance
February 19th 2014
Want to make sure that you are not the nightmare colleague everyone moans about? Maintaining your cool, keeping your comments constructive and to the point, and delivering projects on time will all help keep office relations smooth, John Brandon writes in Inc.
Ask your boss these eight questions
February 18th 2014
When you’re looking to climb the career ladder, structured feedback from your boss is crucial. Let’s Grow Leaders offers ideas for getting the conversation started. Letting your manager know that you are looking to improve your effectiveness and asking what you can do to make the manager’s job easier is bound to elicit a positive response. The site also provides a list of questions you should be ready to answer.
Interview before the employee’s exit
February 17th 2014
Exit interviews can be helpful when employees leave, but they won’t help you keep that particular employee. Instead of waiting for talent to exit, conduct “stay” interviews with top workers, career strategist Jennifer V. Miller suggests in a post for SmartBlog. That conversation alone lets valued employees know how you feel about them and can help to fend off problems that could lead to an employee’s departure.
Moral fibre trumps charisma?
February 13th 2014
University of Pennsylvania research suggests that people’s first impression on meeting others has more to do with their perceptions of that person’s moral character than their warmth. This contradicts recent theories that warmth and competence determine our impressions of others, notes Andrew O’Connell of Harvard Business Review.
February 12th 2014
To achieve speed, Olympic athletes focus on something other than speed itself. That mind-set can be applied to business success, Graham Scrivener writes for Management-Issues. To outperform the competition, he says, companies should focus less on speed and more on clarity and agility, to name two.
Five CFO challenges
February 11th 2014
Continued uncertainty and a continued push to do more with less are among the top challenges facing finance chiefs, according to Bill Sheridan’s article in the American Institute of CPAs Corporate Finance Insider. Succession planning is also a concern for CFOs, some of whom offer insight on the steps their organisations are taking to address talent issues.
The “Moneyball” way to hire executives
February 10th 2014
High-profile CEOs on stratospheric salaries don’t necessarily perform better than their lower-paid counterparts. The Knowledge@Wharton journal offers details about a study showing that higher pay may even undermine performance. The research suggests that the “Moneyball approach,” or even an anonymous sealed bid process, may be a more reliable way for boards to recruit chief executives.
Critical LinkedIn settings most people miss
February 6th 2014
Unwittingly sending out email notifications detailing the minutiae of LinkedIn activity or career milestones to all of your connections is a good way to alienate your network – and can reveal information you’d prefer to keep to yourself. Cheryl Conner, in an article for Forbes, outlines how to ensure your LinkedIn settings are in line with your business and personal strategy.
Google and its happy workers
February 5th 2014
Not content with creating services used by billions across the world every day, Google has built a ground-breaking model of leadership that redefines the employer-employee relationship. Beyond the famous perks such as free food and leisure facilities, the internet giant gives employees a high degree of freedom and control of their time, as well as ensuring they have inspiring work, says leadership expert Mark C. Crowley in a Fast Company article.
Global differences in management style
February 4th 2014
One key to business success in China is to seek a win-win resolution for both parties. While Chinese business culture is deeply rooted in the society’s major philosophical beliefs, executives are increasingly aware of the benefits of blending the best of Western and Eastern cultures. Based on interviews with C-suite executives from 14 major Chinese companies, Grant Thornton reveals key differences in global management styles.
The pitfalls of romance at the office
February 3rd 2014
For many reasons, some people might rather keep their workplace relationships secret. But a blog post by People Management’s Claire Warren offers advice from UK HR experts on a subject in which rules seem to go out the window. One guideline: If you would tell your parents about the relationship, it’s likely you have nothing to be ashamed of. Another: Consider an in-company transfer.
Must-have words for your CV
January 30th 2014
The most effective curriculum vitae emphasise the changes you brought about in each role and how you achieved them. “Pioneered”, “advocated” and “delivered” are proven power words to describe what you did, while “collaborated”, “anticipated” and “prioritised” are some of the most successful ways of describing how you did it. Check your CV against AvidCareerist’s list of terms that grab the attention of recruiters.
Five data governance missteps
January 29th 2014
Data governance is far more than having a few IT-related policies. Jill Dyché and Kimberly Nevala, writing for sascom Magazine, offer ways for companies to avoid mistakes in data governance strategy. Their first one: failure to define data governance. There’s a difference, they write, between data governance and data management.
Why you should never eat alone
January 28th 2014
Meal times present an ideal opportunity for productive networking. Whether you are looking to develop your relationship with a contact or help a colleague solve a problem, Entrepreneur recommends you invite the person to a purposeful meal meeting.
Ten common mistakes in talent retention
January 27th 2014
If you want to hold on to your staff, creating the right culture is key. Tolerating mediocrity, having pointless rules and keeping employees in the dark are factors that contribute to high turnover. Make sure you avoid the ten most common pitfalls, says Ragan.com.