Jigsaw puzzles are fascinating generations since their invention around 1766. There is only one solution – the perfect one. Every open position is made for only one piece that fits. For every piece, there is only one position it fits in. No imponderables, no surprises.
Hiring is a question of perfect candidates for open positions, and of perfect positions for talented candidates. Isn’t that just another jigsaw puzzle? A somewhat complicated one, since it has many open positions, and even more candidates. It feels good, fitting in another piece, completing the picture. Is this the way it works?
Here are 4 reasons why the contrary is the case: Read more
Ho, ho, ho – Christmas is near and your year as a manager will end soon. Time to have a critical look at your managerial capacities: what is the one leadership skill you evolved with in 2012, what was your biggest success this year and what is your greatest deficiency as a people manager?
How do you compare to Santa Claus? After all, he is a charismatic leader, respected authority, he manages a stable team of top performers (and if one of the elves or reindeers left, he managed well because we did not notice anything), the client experience is superior and he gets the job done year after year by respecting a strict deadline and staying calm, reassuring and positive.
Here come the 5 key success factors that make Ol’ Santa a better manager than you: Read more
“On May 18, I got a call from my boss saying they were going in a different direction and he was letting me go. He told me that he had secured one of the longest severance packages that company had given and sent me on my way to HR. Region of the Year the past two years in a row, and 4 of the last 6; in April I went overseas for a week to train part of the international sales team; and, in May I had organized a 3-day National Training meeting, yet it was not enough.
On one hand it was a surprise, but on another it was not. As of this writing, I have 3 very solid prospects, and am cautiously optimistic that I will be back to work before New Year’s. Better yet, I will be in a job and with a company that I really like one that I would have accepted even if I were still employed….
Job hunting feels a lot like growing a garden. Here is what I have learned over the past 6 months that might help you harvest: Read more
Whilst hiring may not be on the radar screen of all companies, retention and the development of human capital almost always is.
The last one is for you and here is how to make sure you will be in the next promotion round:
Jorg: “Maria, you are a specialist in online degrees. When I did my MBA back in 2003, online learning had the reputation of being a second class alternative to brick-and-mortar. What is the situation today?”
Maria: “Reputation, at its heart is a question of trust, and right now, while the entire U.S. collegiate system is receiving scrutiny, we are seeing more people willing to consider alternatives to brick-and-mortar institutions.
One of the criticisms that brick-and-mortar institutions have received, in fact, is that they use branding and reputation as a method to arbitrarily increase tuitions, which has impacted the student debt ratio significantly. On the other hand, Read more
It’s Halloween and time for a special edition.
Did you already notice that your boss is a little weird sometimes and often shows strange behavior which you do not understand? A possible explanation is that he is a serial killer (though there may be other reasons).
Let’s have a closer look at 4 points a serial killer and your boss have in common:
Are you really leading your team, or do you tell your people what to do and how?
Have you ever asked yourself what’s the managing secret behind an anthill? It’s a challenge to lead a unit of that size, am I right?
In the context of an anthill, most people think of swarm intelligence. Some think of stupid animals doing simple things. Forget about that. It’s not about intelligence, it’s about attitude to work and communication.
Let’s have a look at the 7 reasons that make the success of an anthill. And what are the 6 tips from our little friends the ants for humans: Read more