Micromanagement is Bad for the Brain
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2016
The command-and-control approach is out of vogue, and, as it turns out, also detrimental to human nature. Whether you’re an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity. Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting with them. According t...
 
  Self-Managing Organizations: The Next Wave?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Mar, 2016
Up to this point in history, we’ve organized work based on four very different worldviews: impulsive, conformist, achievement and pluralistic. This organizational evolution is tied to the four stages of human consciousness proposed by psychologists Clare Graves, Don Beck and others, as summarized by Frederic Laloux in Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousne...
 
  What are your strengths and weakness': Conduct a SWOT Analysis to find out!
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2016
“What are your strengths and weakness?” This question creates more fear in the heart of job seekers than any other. Most people dread this question and also don't understand the psychology behind it. Even if you're never asked this question in an interview, you must know how to answer it, in order to effectively compete for a job. Read on, to learn how to answer this question... Over the past ten years, I have worke...
 
  Management Resumes: Applying for Your First Management Job
by Robin Schlinger - Mar, 2016
At some point in your career, you may be ready for the responsibilities and challenges of managing other people. The company where you work may not recognize that moment as quickly as you do. If you feel you must move on to move up into management, Robin’s Resumes® can help. Here are a few things you can do to strengthen your resume for applying for management positions: Attend courses, webinars, and seminars that focus...
 
  Next Up, Gen Z: What Managers Need to Know Today About the Workers of Tomorrow
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2016
As workplaces adjust to (and increasingly embrace) millennials’ needs and priorities, many forward thinkers are already wondering what’s next. At speaking engagements, I’m frequently asked about Gen Z: How are they different than Gen Y? What do managers and business leaders need to know about this new generation? Here is my take: BACK UP. WHAT IS GENERATION Z? Given that there is no exact science to how we define gene...
 
  Why Your Executive Resume Keeps Attracting the Wrong Interviews
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Mar, 2016
How many versions of your executive resume have you drafted? C’mon tell me the truth! I won't judge. After rewriting and submitting resume after resume, only to ignite interest from ‘step-back’ positions, you are beginning to feel stuck and wondering what you are NOT sharing. Perhaps you are missing your next-level career mark not because your resume needs more bullets (DON’T)—but because your marketing message needs ca...
 
  MBO vs. SMART vs KPI? What's Your Goal Setting Protocol of Choice?
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2016
In this this two-part post, we’ll highlight three of the most common goal-setting methodologies present in organizations today and will discuss the pros and cons of each. Management by Objectives (MBO) If you’ve worked in an American organization in the last several decades, you probably have experience with the MBO approach to goal setting. While the American corporation was in its formative stages, journalist Peter Drucke...
 
  Surefire 9-Step Formula for Writing a Resume That Stands Out & Gets Results
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2016
Have you ever struggled with writing a resume? Is this you? You’ve decided to look for a new job. You scour the job boards – Monster, Indeed, Simply Hired – and find several jobs you’re confident about. You get to work writing a resume and then send it, and possibly cover letters, to the top five. A week goes by with no response. You look for new listings, making sure they haven’t been out there too long. (You forgot to...
 
  When Humility Frees Creativity
by Mark Gorkin - Mar, 2016
It was a humbling week for this word artist. A couple of years ago I formulated the phrase “High Tech & Human Touch.” Technology was now so large and omnipresent, “high task” had become a downgraded Pluto in the Stress Doc’s cultural-lexical alliterative universe. In fact, a proposed workshop-retreat program title developed with friend and colleague, Liz Gibson, was: Bridging the High Tech & Human Touch Divide. Clearly, a...
 
  8 Requirements of the 21st Century Customer
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2016
When choosing companies with which to do business, today’s customers look for a blend of traditional service traits and newer ones that have arisen with technology advances. We are now closer to 2020 than 2010. Whether you are a business owner or one employee out of thousands, and whether your job title is IT director or call center specialist, everyone today is in customer service. Here are eight mandates of modern custome...
 
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