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Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

Security will become a differentiator in the market

Secure it. Security will be a defining feature for almost all products and services in the future. The security of your customer information and data will be a differentiator in the market. People will choose a company who take security seriously. People will demand a secure process. People will ask how you approach security. Are …

Cultivated Management, Money and Finance

10 Ways To Hire Niche Employees

When you look at the nature of recruitment from a recruitment agency perspective you see some very interesting perspectives that should help you to change the way you plan your recruitment, and I’ll share some ideas in this post. Recruiters are invaluable in finding the right people. It’s just some managers believe that the kind of …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The number of directs is not a measure of management success

Resist the urge to derive your self-worth from the number of direct employees you have. Management isn’t about the sheer number of people you can manage. Management is about getting your business results. Any CFO worth their salt will also ask you to do that with the fewest people possible. Adding more people isn’t always …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

10 Ways To Initiate Change In An Organisation

I get lots of questions from people who want to initiate change in an organisation that doesn’t want to change. It’s a very common question as many employees find themselves working in a culture that sees change as something that is scary and to be avoided at all cost, or simply not required. In order …

Cultivated Management

Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming

Recruiting for the right talent is time consuming. Trust me. I used to spend a huge portion of my day recruiting but it was well worth it. Good people are really hard to find and increasingly hard to tempt to your workplace. They are in demand and hence often take extra leg work to get them for …

Cultivated Management

What problem is hiring solving?

When hiring it’s important to know what problem you are trying to solve. By defining the problem that you have, you’ll be able to ensure you solve the problem in the right way. Whether by recruiting the right person or actually coming to the realization that recruitment won’t help. Throwing more people at a problem is …

Cultivated Management

The Blazingly Simple Guide To Working With Recruiters

It’s inevitable that at some point during your recruitment drive you will need to use a recruitment agency. Argh – don’t worry – they aren’t all bad, in fact a great many are excellent and invaluable for finding you the right candidates. Here’s some of my advice about working with recruitment agencies (note – it …

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Effort on a CV and Application Matters

A general heuristic you could apply when hiring good people (because why would you hire people who aren’t good for your team?) is to assume that the effort on a CV is directly related to how interested the candidate is in working for you. The more effort applied to tailoring the CV and the application – the …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The dreaded “process”

Process improvement is an essential part of a manager’s job. I believe managers should be spending about 60% of their time talking to people, growing their talented individuals and cultivating themselves. The other 40% of their time should be spent improving the system. Most managers do neither and they wonder why good people leave and the …