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Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
A lack of trust is at the heart of the workplace issues in places like Yahoo and Best Buy.
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To trust means to let go...to let go means to trust. Which one comes first? Maybe that's the wrong question, and the answer lies somewhere in between i.e. to trust AND to let go. But the message is clear - treat them like adults, not children.

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:09 AM

Trusting and treating people like the adutls they are clearly conveys respect; it's a critical element in engagement and effective management.

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How to Write a Resume That People Actually Read

How to Write a Resume That People Actually Read | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
I’ve never enjoyed updating my resume. And until recently, I thought everyone felt that way. But then I met Jorli Peña, who actually finds joy in helping people clarify their career goals and build a
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Great, practical advice for when you're writing that resume. Too many of the ones I see have errors and are like laundry lists of tasks, as opposed to achievements.

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Don't be Fooled: Past Behavior Doesn’t Predict Future Performance

Don't be Fooled: Past Behavior Doesn’t Predict Future Performance | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
Being highly motivated and skilled to excel in some situations doesn’t mean the person will be highly motivated to excel in all situations.I recently met with two candidates on a search I'm leading
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An important difference. I have to admit this one is difficult to keep track of, or rather, easy to forget about, when interviewing. It is tempting (read: easy) to question and rely on the comfort of displayed past behaviour. I'll be the first to admit though, I've seen that it is no guarantee of performance. At best you will get dedication to effort. In short nothing beats an understanding of your own current environment and understanding what performance is needed to be accomplished.

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How to Get the Most From Your People

How to Get the Most From Your People | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
I have had the pleasure to lead teams of varying sizes in the past several years. I have managed a team of 13 and a team of 4. There is no "secret ingredient" to having a successful team, but there
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Great advice on getting your team to work together, from a practitioner...obviously a good one at that!

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Wally Stump's curator insight, July 27, 11:52 AM

Good article describing some simple truths about leading teams.

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Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter

Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
The employee engagement movement started in the late 1990s and then went full steam ahead in 2000. Organizations everywhere began systematically measuring employee engagement. That intense interest
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Valid highlighting of 2 entirely separate concepts of employee satisfaction and employee engagement. It's a mistaken assumption that if someone is satisfied they will not leave. For many companies, "satisfaction" is measured on a scale of happiness that is usually linked to "benefits" and/or salaries. This clearly isn't enough. Many people aspire to a "higher calling" and yearn for productive "engagement". Albeit a little simplistic, you could argue that one is short-term while the other is more sustainable and yields more in the longer run. And that one without the other would not work either. Great food for thought for all leaders.

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Why Being Interviewed First Can Mean “Last” in a Job Interview

Why Being Interviewed First Can Mean “Last” in a Job Interview | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
One of the often overlooked elements of successful interviewing is timing. Bad timing can occur when your interview is scheduled too early in the interview process of the company. Many candidates
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Some good tactical advice for those of you job hunting. Very few companies/consultants give this advice, but it is valid. 

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If I Were 22: Pack Your Bag. Get On a Plane. Do It Now.

If I Were 22: Pack Your Bag. Get On a Plane. Do It Now. | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which Influencers share lessons from their youth. Read all the stories here.Let me start by stating the obvious: Life doesn’t offer do-overs, and I’m never getting a
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Strong resonance with me. I especially love this: "...the idea of “going global” isn’t about geography. It’s about escaping the familiar and exposing yourself to new worlds of opportunities, whether they’re on the other side of the globe, across the street or right at your own desk."

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Single-Most Important Letter In A Job Search | CAREEREALISM

Single-Most Important Letter In A Job Search | CAREEREALISM | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
Rejection can be rough. However, you can use it to your advantage. Find out how to use rejection as great feedback to improve your job search.
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Interesting advice for when you get that rejection letter!

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The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People

The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I received a postcard in the mail from the CEO of Petra Coach, the creator of Align Software and a fellow member of Entrepreneurs Organization. I've never met him, but Andy Bailey and
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So, so, so important. Can't stress that enough.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 9, 9:23 PM

Being present, asking the right questions, and listening to what your customers, employees, suppliers, and investors have to tell you creates an invaluable feedback loop for your performance as a leader and for the organization as a whole.  Do it consistently and others will follow with astounding results.

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Four Dimensions of Communications and Culture

Four Dimensions of Communications and Culture | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
At least once a week I have the opportunity to have a conversation with the leader of a mission-driven organization. Our conversations often touch upon four dimensions of communications that have the
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Great advice for leadership.

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Free Advice on your Resume'

Free Advice on your Resume' | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
I really enjoy coaching and mentoring folks on their job search and career goals. I frequently get asked about what's important to put on a resume and I thought I would just list my opinions here
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A pretty good list of what to do on your resume. And this is free. Now if only some people would read it and try...

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Are Your First Impression Biases the #1 Cause of Your Hiring Mistakes?

Are Your First Impression Biases the #1 Cause of Your Hiring Mistakes? | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
The Big Myth Exposed: first impressions don’t predict performance for anyone, including sales people! All they do is affect your judgment and prevent you from hiring the best person.(FYI - did you
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Do you agree with this? I think on many occasions this is the right thing to do. On the other hand...there have also been many occasions where my "gut feel" (or first impression) has been correct.

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Executive Headhunters - Interview Tips

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More tips on interviewing. It really isn't that tough...

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Lessons in Communicating: Only the Truth Sounds Like the Truth

Lessons in Communicating: Only the Truth Sounds Like the Truth | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
As I have progressed in my career, communication is one of the aspects of my job that has become more and more important. I used to have a healthy disrespect for communication. I always wanted to
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Important advice for leaders about communication.  

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A Letter To MBAs

A Letter To MBAs | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
Dear MBA Student,Congrats on beginning your journey. My time at The Stanford Graduate School of Business were 2 of the best years of my life. More than anything, I learned how to think bigger and
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Hmm. Quite long but contains some thought-provoking ideas. Do you agree?

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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How true is this? Have you worked for one of these "extraordinary" bosses before?

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Wally Stump's curator insight, July 27, 12:29 PM

Rules to manage by

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The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview

The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
Examples of key questions to ask your interviewer when going through the job search process.
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A good suggested list of questions to ask your interviewer. Too often, when I interview candidates they either spurn the chance to ask me questions, or ask me something quite meaningless. It's a pity. It's their last chance - arguably - to impress me with how they've been thinking about the job.

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8 Easy Ways To Put More Power Into Your Resume | CAREEREALISM

8 Easy Ways To Put More Power Into Your Resume | CAREEREALISM | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
If you suspect your resume may not be as effective as it could be, it’s possible you’ve overlooked one of these key ways to put more power into your resume
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Amidst the glut of advice on CVs, this one list of 8 things stands out for me. Invaluable tips on how to reframe your resume to make it powerful.

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What is Your Value Proposition?

What is Your Value Proposition? | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it

What a Last week, we discussed the proverbial elevator pitch. This week, I'd like to discuss the parent to the elevator pitch; the Value Proposition.What would you say if a vendor, prospective customer,

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What a fabulous post! Can you apply this to yourself and your *own* value proposition? How do you express it and does it shine through in your resume?

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Is knowledge hidden in a few people's heads in your organization?

Is knowledge hidden in a few people's heads in your organization? | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
One problem companies of all sizes are grappling with is the issue of people who know stuff not sharing stuff with the rest of the company. There are several reasons for people to get into "i-do-not
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A common problem in many organisations and groups. Have you recognised it and what have you done to overcome it?

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, May 30, 11:33 PM

People who hold all the knowledge to themselves don't realize the longterm damage they are doing  to the  organization.

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Hiring a Great Executive Team

Hiring a Great Executive Team | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
One of a CEO’s hardest and most important jobs is building an executive team. Have a great executive team? You can power through the darkest of hours. Have a dysfunctional, less-than competent or
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I don't agree wholeheartedly with some of the explanations, however in terms of the strategy and objectives, I'd be hard-pressed to find as good a summary as this. Invaluable advice if you are building an executive team, which by definition has to include people who can "think" and yet also "do".

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Ultimate Technique To Being Indispensable

Ultimate Technique To Being Indispensable | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
I got my first job at 13 years old. I went to work for my father's civil engineering firm in the bookkeeping department. I didn't want to spend the entire summer hanging out with my mom and
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I love this article. It resonates with me on so many levels. "Focus" seems to be the new management mantra but "indispensability" is an equally important trait and skill to demonstrate. 

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Should You Leave Your Day Job?

Should You Leave Your Day Job? | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it

Althu… when good people underperform, it’s usually due to factors that could have been avoided.When I speak to recruiters, I suggest one of the first things they need to do is fully understand what’s

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Although aimed at recruiters, this is useful for job seekers as well. Take some time to understand the quadrant, it is not something you can do at first glance. It's a great method of "scoring" your real interest and desire for a change. My only slight criticism of this model is around the availability of full information and knowledge of the "long-term" benefits of the new position/job you are hoping/aiming for. One will always know the current and past better than the future, for obvious reasons. Still, it is worth a think.

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The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.
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I recently got reminded of this on at least 2 occasions; once when I was recruiting and for the second time when I was discussing the issue of "bias" in the context of racial discrimination. There are so many other forms of cognitive bias that are less apparent to us (than racial bias) but they are equally damaging. I hope this list helps to keep some of the more obvious ones in your radar.

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Service Design meets Six Sigma: Complementary or Contradictory? - The Customer Experience Company

Service Design meets Six Sigma: Complementary or Contradictory? - The Customer Experience Company | Human Resources and Organizational Development | Scoop.it
Surprising developments for some perhaps – at least two of Australia’s big four banks have created roles where one team is responsible for both
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Very interesting! Something that one of my previous companies had started down the path of - albeit inadvertently, and of which I was proudly a part, first as a follower then facilitator. It might just be the leadership trend of tomorrow - to bring these 2 seemingly diverse skill sets together into one team. 

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Wally Stump's curator insight, March 23, 8:54 AM

This short article points out the balance that must be struck between delivering services efficiently and providing an exceptional customer experience. Service effectiveness can not be achieved without the proper mix of both.

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How to succeed in an Executive level interview - Blog - Executive Headhunters

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Seems like obvious pointers when you read it, but you'd be surprised if I told you how many people do *not* do any of this even for senior level interviews!

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