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Tapping Into Social-Media Smarts

Tapping Into Social-Media Smarts | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Hundreds of millions of people who use Facebook and other social media are completely at ease forming communities of shared interests and keeping everyone up-to-date with messages, pictures and documents.
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This article talks about ways companies can improve social networking through social media. The author talks about how employees already have the skills and knowledge to collaborate and coordinate information through social media, but it's the job of companies to utilize the skills their employees have and put them to work. The article then discusses ways companies can do this such as having employees identify areas that would benefit from greater collaboration, set clear guidelines for external and internal social networking and collaboration, having goals everyone can understand, making policies and procedures supportive, and being open to change. 

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How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis

How To Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
An effective process companies use to assess themselves and their competitors and formulate their strategies is an analysis called “S.W.O.T.” But this exercise isn’t just for businesses.
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This article talks about the importance of S.w.O.T. analysis for a business, but it also opens up the idea of  performing a S.W.O.T. analysis on yoursel, whichf can be beneficial for someone seeking a new job or a possible promotion. This article then goes in depth as to how someone can conduct a personal and proper S.W.O.T. analysis on themselves through each of the four categories of strengths, weakenesses, opportunities, and threats.,  and tells you to look at your career as if it were a business, and yourself as a product when conducting the analysis on yourself. 

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Your Company Vision: If It's Complicated, It Shouldn't Be

Your Company Vision: If It's Complicated, It Shouldn't Be | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Organizations can find it tough to use words to paint a picture of success. Those that do it well devote an inordinate amount of time to getting it right.
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This article goes in depth of what it takes to create a successful vision statement. Like a mission statement a vision statement should use concreate language, and not be so overly sophisticated that people have trouble understanding what you plan to do. 

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True or False: These Tests Can Tell if You Are Right for This Job

True or False: These Tests Can Tell if You Are Right for This Job | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
A lot of companies use personality tests and questionnaires to find the best applicants for jobs that require certain personality traits. Here's how some tests work, according to the people who designed them.
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This talks about some of the questions used in personality tests by employers during an interview process. This also mentions that the questions are relatively straight forward,involve psychology, and actually admits that answers are more then likely to be scewed as applicants will give answers they think company's want to hear, and won't openly admit to charater or behavior flaws. 

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CEOs stumble over ethics violations, mismanagement

CEOs stumble over ethics violations, mismanagement | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson lasted just four months before revelations of rsum padding forced him to resign over the weekend.
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This article talks about how many CEO's are being let go because their unethical decisions have made negative implications on the management of their organizations. It also talks about how shareholder, disgruntled employees, and even board members, along with the other stressful factors of the job, have reduced the average tenure of a CEO in half because they are tired of their businesses being portrayed in an unethical and immoral manner. 

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How to Manage Teamwork

How to Manage Teamwork | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
A lot of organizations believe in the team-based approach to achieving their objectives. Managers in team-based organizations, or TBOs, try to create teams based on mutual trust and employee ...
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This article talks about the many strggules that team managers deal with in trying to create a work environment that promotes greater teamwork. The article recommends that team managers try doing things like installing a teamwork outlook, determing what's appropriate and eliminating conflicts, and maintaing a good feedback system.

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How to Minimize Your Biases When Making Decisions

How to Minimize Your Biases When Making Decisions | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Challenge your assumptions, and you'll reduce your risks.
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I know this article is over a year old, but it does gives a very good look into the biases of decsion making by management. The author explores ways on how to try and reduce the influence that these biases can have on management decisions in a risk/reward scenario, and how other factors, such as human behavior and decisions of people, play a role in processing information that can affect management decisions. 

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Beware the Sirens of Management Pseudo-Science

Beware the Sirens of Management Pseudo-Science | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Sail right by fluffy books from well-meaning gurus.
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Basically the how to guide books on management don't always work, and the ideas and theories in these books don't always produce long lasting results.

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Move Over Facebook: Where Millennials Are Flocking to Next And How to Reach Them

Move Over Facebook: Where Millennials Are Flocking to Next And How to Reach Them | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
For marketers looking to get their hands on millennials, they need to be smart about how to approach this generation.
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This article talks about how Facebook is becoming less popular among teenage youth, the key demographic targeted by Facebook. With many youths stating that social media plays a role in purchases, many youths have become less likely to friend a brand on Facebook because advertisers have access to private  info. of Facebook users. This doesn't sit well with many youths on Facebook and has caused the social networking site to loss this key demographic to other social networking sites such as Twitter, which according to this article has surpassed Facebook as the most important social media site. This article also gives three tips for social networking sites to gain more users which is to listen rather then speak, act on those insights, and seek out and engage your biggest brand advocates. 

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Why a strategy is not a plan

Why a strategy is not a plan | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Strategy: A History. By Lawrence Freedman. Oxford University Press USA; 751 pages; $34.95. Buy from Amazon.com EVERYONE, it seems, is in need of a strategy....
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This article talks about Sir Lawernce Freedman's new book "Strategy: A History." His book aims at trying to find a workable definition of strategy that apllies to politics, government, and business. He goes on to talk about how many strategies, especially those outlined in business books, depends on using narrative both to explain a proposed course of action and recruit support for it. However, Sir Lawrence believes that it may be better to look at strategy as a form of script, which incorporates the possibility of chance events, which attempts to anticipate the interactions of many players over a long time and which is open-ended.

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5 Attitudes In The Workplace To Get You Ahead | CAREEREALISM

5 Attitudes In The Workplace To Get You Ahead | CAREEREALISM | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
What are some of the attitudes in the workplace that can help you get ahead at work? There are many positive attitudes that can help. Here are five.
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This article talks about the five attitudes associated with advancement in the workplace. these attitutdes include being enthusiastic, being efficent, striving for excellence, showing up early, and being cooperative and easy to work with.

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Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots

Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal.
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The actions of both political parties I find in this instance are completely unethical. It is unprofessional, and more then likely illegal, to have a member of Congress pay to be a committie chair when there is more then likely someone who is more qualified to hold a chair position on a congressional committie. 

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Make Your Good Team Great

Make Your Good Team Great | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Increase group emotional intelligence to increase group results.

by Judith A. Ross
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This talked about the question of what makes a team a high performing team. The author suggested that emotional intelligence (E.I.), which is the awareness of emotions and the ability to manage them in a healthy and productive way, is one of the main key aspects of what helps a team perform at a higher level. 

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Williams & Connolly LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com

Williams & Connolly LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com | MGT 307-02 Fall 2013 scoops | Scoop.it
Find out more about Williams & Connolly LLP including an overview, stats, history and other Law competitors.
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If I were to work for any law firm I would probably want to work for Williams & Connolly LLP. Their mantra is "keep it simple," which really says a lot to me. It shows that even though they are a big firm of 270 employees, and deal with big named clients like UPS, G.E., Time Warner, McDonalds, etc., that the partners want to make things as uncomplicated as possible for their employees. This type of attitude and work model helps create a good work environment that tries to reduce stress on their employees which is essential, especially if you are working in a legal field. 

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What is the Difference Between Management and Leadership? - Management - WSJ.com

The manager’s job is to plan, organize and coordinate. The leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. Learn the differences between management and leadership.
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Pretty much talks about the main differences between a manager and a leader, like we had discussed during our last class session. However, towards the end of the article the author indicates that the role of a manager is changing with the economy, and that it may become harder to seperate the two. 

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