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One of the core aspects of helping people to be effective at work starts when you first hire them. The onboarding process is crucial to helping people be effective quickly and to helping them feel welcomed to the team. Who better to own this process than management. After all, management is about achieving effective business Read more about Onboarding new starters – a sample process[…]
Evernote is a powerful and robust note capturing system that can really support and enhance your effectiveness as a manager. Here’s my Ultimate Guide On how To Use Evernote As A Manager. (Note: I am an Evernote Ambassador and self confessed fan of the app. There are other tools available.) Fast access to information As Read more about The Ultimate Guide On How To Use Evernote as a Manager[…]
I believe that the people who work in an organisation know how to make it better. Better for themselves, for their customers and for their market. This should make it better for the shareholders, leaders and managers too. People have good ideas. How do you surface them?
Yet very few companies truly listen to their people. Read more AboutPeople have good ideas. How do you surface them?
If you don’t trust people you manage – tell them so – having tough conversations comes with the territory of management – or at least it should do. But having tough conversations around sensitive topics, politically tricky topics and “the truth that no-one wants to hear” requires skill. It requires confidence, good communication skills and a willingness to be effective at the expense of being liked. Read more AboutIf you don’t trust people you manage – tell them so
“Agile is chaos. It sounds chaotic to have people being able to make their own decisions around how they work.” These were the words from an audience member during a business talk I did about agile recently. For this manager the freedom many teams crave (and often need for success) was just too much. It Read more about Agile is chaos. For some.[…]
Feedback is essential to becoming a better manager. That’s why you should seek feedback, even if the truth is uncomfortable. Read more AboutWhy you should seek feedback, even if the truth is uncomfortable
Annual performance reviews can hide weak management. The annual performance review, as conducted by many companies – just once a year, tends to offer little in the way of performance improvements. They cost a fair old wedge of money to conduct too but more importantly, they can hide weak management. Read more AboutAnnual Performance Reviews can hide weak management
The following is an excerpt from my book “Join Our Company : How to hire and onboard Technologists”. This section is all about how to work with recruiters when hiring. Read more AboutHow to work with recruiters when hiring
The following is an excerpt from my book “Join Our Company : How to hire and onboard Technologists”. This section is all about how to create great job adverts and why they need to be better than everyone else’s. Read more AboutHow to create great job adverts
Recruitment is an easy part of the business to stifle and restrict using basic cost measures alone, but the side effect of trying to cheapen recruitment could be costing you way more in the long run. Read more AboutThrow candidates at the hiring process