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What's Wrong with Job Interviews, and How to Fix Them

What's Wrong with Job Interviews, and How to Fix Them | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
I needed to hire a new salesperson, and one resume stood out like a sore thumb. The applicant, Ari, was a math major and built robots in his spare time—clearly not the right skill set for sales
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Everyone recruiting or planning to recruit should read this article.

 

A few years ago, I was responsible for interviewing for a graduate recruitment programme for a large corporate. We had HR people running out of our ears, yet I was the only person who pepared a list of sitauation based interview questions. Most people had read the job descriptions and planned to ask 'ad-hoc' questions. How they expected to be impartial when interviewing 6-8 people a day was a mystery! Needless to say, many used my interview questions. 

 

It always amazes me how many people do not prepare for interviews as the recruiter. The cost of emplying the wrong person is considerable, so why doesn't everyone involved in the process take more care?

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SMEs expect struggle to fill high-skilled roles

SMEs expect struggle to fill high-skilled roles | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
As the UK carves out a new economic future following the vote to leave the EU, ensuring everyone has the skills to compete is more important than ever. Yet acute skills shortages are holding back businesses across all regions and many sectors, including manufacturing, construction and professional services. That’s according to this year’s CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey published today.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Well, then businesses should be prepared to train people! It's only going to worse as we limit immigration. Having said that, we should want to grow our own skilled people anyway.

It does make me wonder what students are learning in Universities though. Are their courses no longer teaching useful skills?
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 19, 2:20 PM

We are seeing similar issues in the US.

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Prime minister Theresa May shakes up responsibility for digital policy in ministerial reshuffle

Prime minister Theresa May shakes up responsibility for digital policy in ministerial reshuffle | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Former Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock replaces Ed Vaizey as digital economy minister in the highest-profile change among digital roles.
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I think this is good news, as this was an area ripe for a fresh look.
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Greater focus on UK tech talent essential in face of Brexit

Greater focus on UK tech talent essential in face of Brexit | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The UK is already suffering from an IT skills crisis, so how will leaving the European Union affect tech jobs now and in the future?
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
We need to get better value from our IT work force by managing them better than we do at the moment. I think most are motivated, but we need to ensure they are working on the right stuff and have the tools and support to do it well. That takes good management. (I can help)
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What it means for your business if the UK leaves the EU: A Legal View

What it means for your business if the UK leaves the EU: A Legal View | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
On June 23rd, the British people will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to decide whether to remain in the EU or to leave. Here Alkan Shenyuz, a barrister with Church Court Chambers looks at the some of the implications of a Brexit.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Without suggesting that a vote for Brexit would be a disaster, which I believe, I do think it is worth reading this article before you vote. It is the clearest and most objective description I've seen yet of the options the UK would have if we do decide to Brexit.
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8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Want to have better conversations? It's time to break up with these pesky bad habits.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
I was a networking meeting this week where no 1 and 7 where particularly noticeable. A bit like the 'looking over your shoulder for someone more interesting e.g. likely to buy your stuff'


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10 Facts About the Internet's Undersea Cables

10 Facts About the Internet's Undersea Cables | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Sharks are trying to eat the Internet.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Not really management related, but I was fascinated by when the first cable was laid (1858) and why sharks like them. There are more cables than you might think.
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Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity

Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
For children and adults alike, curiosity has been linked with psychological, emotional, social, and even health benefits.
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In our fast paced world today, we don't spend enough time being curious. Here's some good reasons why we should.
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CEO Pay - How much is too much?

CEO Pay - How much is too much? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Is paying the average blue-chip chief executive £5m a year, more than 180 times the average wage, excessive pay?  Not according to Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust, who have been …
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
There is NO justification for the levels of executive pay we now see. I've heard the argument that 'we have to pay this to get good people', but this has become a self fulfilling act. It also implies that good people are only motivated by outrageous financial reward! Which is rubbish. Good people CARE about the organisation they lead. 

 I have absolutely no problem with people who start a company themselves and reap the rewards when they succeed. Anyone who has started a company will know the effort etc. that goes into this. Not do I have a problem with people who come into a flagging company and make it great. What I abhor are the greedy who 'negotiate' a short term appointment at great cost to the company. I also abhor the feeble company executives who allow this to happen. Shame on you most of all.
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Wearables etiquette in the workplace

Wearables etiquette in the workplace | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
For the sake of your IT career, you should follow old-school rules of workplace etiquette when using new-school wearable technologies.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
It should be a matter of common sense really. If it's rude to use your phone in a meeting (which it is), then it's rude to check your fitness band etc. Don't you hate people giving you less than their full attention? Enough said.
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Your Leadership Skills Can Be Affected By Where You Live

Your Leadership Skills Can Be Affected By Where You Live | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
A new report shows how leadership skills can connect entrepreneurs and leaders with success, with the key on reaching various cultures.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Absolutely fascinating. It would be interesting to see a breakdown of European countries, as I suspect that there is a wide variation.
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10 Ways To Get Over Your Fear Of Public Speaking - Forbes

10 Ways To Get Over Your Fear Of Public Speaking - Forbes | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Conquer your fear of public speaking with these tips from Forbes Coaches Council members.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Check out number 9 'join Toastmasters' . I did this over 10 years ago, and have never looked back. For Uk followers, this isn't the red coat Toastmasters, but Toastmasters International - an international network of speaking clubs. You get great support, lots of practice and have fun at a very reasonable price. Go to https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club - there will be a club near you. 

 I've also done Improv, which is good, but won't get you past the performing in front of an audience fear. Great fun though!
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The Employee Engagement Problem No One Is Talking About

The Employee Engagement Problem No One Is Talking About | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
In 2013, Gallup released their now famous State Of The American Workplace report that showed that 70% of American workers were not engaged at work. Worldwide, the number of people not engaged was 87%…
Via Alexis Assimacopoulos, Ron McIntyre
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

'Managers account for 70% of the variance in engagement scores' 


So why don't organisation's do something about it?


We need to select managers better, train them better and respect them more. Until then, this situation won't change.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 4, 6:48 PM

I have been saying this for years and still leaders are ignoring the elephant in the room.

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Building Organizational Truth, Trust and Integrity | ReadyToManage

Building Organizational Truth, Trust and Integrity | ReadyToManage | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Trust is essential for a leader, as this article rightly says. But it is much than being truthful. Leaders must both learn to trust others, as well as being trustworthy. I wrote a recent blog about this on Linkedin 

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WEBINAR: The 3 keys to persuasion

WEBINAR: The 3 keys to persuasion | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
There must be someone you need to persuade to do something. Should be a good webinar.
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There must be someone you need to persuade to do something. Should be a good webinar.
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If GDPR were to be implemented today, firms could face fines of $323bn

If GDPR were to be implemented today, firms could face fines of $323bn | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Chief privacy officers should be recruited and governance structures put in place, advises Capgemini Consulting,Privacy ,GDPR
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Will it or won't apply? Or will Brexit mean something different? A very good question.
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What Brexit means for managers

What Brexit means for managers | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The Brexiters have won the EU referendum. How will managers and CMI members be affected as the politicians begin to negotiate the terms of our withdrawal from the union?
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
This may not be the result that many of us wanted, but we must look forward and think positively. If you'd like to have a chat over coffee/tea about what this might mean for management - get in touch. We can make this work.
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 26, 8:04 AM

What do you think?  How would you address it?

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6 Apps That Will Turn You Into an Expert Public Speaker

6 Apps That Will Turn You Into an Expert Public Speaker | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The cure for all your presentation woes may lie in your mobile device.
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Two more tips: ditch Power Point and join Toastmasters International.
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Microsoft Slammed for 'Sneaky' Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft Slammed for 'Sneaky' Windows 10 Updates | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Reports of forced or sneaky upgrades from earlier Windows versions is probably not the Windows 10 experience Microsoft wants to talk about.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
If you are running Windows 7 or 8, be aware that Windows 10 may automatically install itself on your PC too. 

I was pretty mad when Microsoft installed Windows 10, without authorisation, on one of my PCs. Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 10, but I like to plan my upgrades e.g. doing a full backup first. Apparently, Microsoft have change the status of 10 to 'recommended'. This means that if you auto install recommended updates, as most of us do, you will now get Windows 10. This is not a trivial upgrade. You can roll it back, but this isn't foolproof. 

Badly done Microsoft.
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Should businesses abandon the Myers-Briggs test? -

Should businesses abandon the Myers-Briggs test? - | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
50 million people have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test. What have they really learned?
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Well Yes, and No. I've found these tests useful mainly for starting a discussion about difference. When people understand difference, they start treating each other better and as individuals. I mainly work with IT people and they love measurement.
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7 Things Really Bold People Do

7 Things Really Bold People Do | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Boldness is a leadership trait to be mastered. Here are actions that make bold people admirable.
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They say that fortune favours the bold! Boldness is one the key traits of every successful person.
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SME Management and Leadership Training - Cocreative

SME Management and Leadership Training - Cocreative | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
SME Enterprise Leadership Training programmes are designed and developed specifically for the needs of SME leaders and are accredited by the CMI.
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All managers need training - this is one of the few courses designed specifically for SMEs.
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Should It Matter If Our Workplace Managers Are Leaders Too?

Should It Matter If Our Workplace Managers Are Leaders Too? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
There’s an entire industry built around training managers to be great leaders, and why not? It makes sense that the person tasked with managing a team should
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
I get SO frustrated by discussions about leadership and management. We really need to develop and respect great managers much more than we do. Managers are responsible for making the execution happen. To do that they need leadership skills of a different kind to true 'top of the organisation' leaders. Managers do not just 'administer' at the bidding of some gung-ho leader. Truly successful managers have many of the same skills, especially those of motivation, inspiration and creativity. We have become great at training and developing so-called leaders and are still rubbish at creating and developing great managers. Without managers, few leaders would achieve anything. And if you think about it, we need many more good managers than we do leaders.
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Do you begin an enterprise transformation with the business or with IT?

Do you begin an enterprise transformation with the business or with IT? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
For many companies change is a way of life. In fact, companies need to change in order to survive. Enterprise transformation deals with the fundamental organizational change that impacts how its core business is conducted. This need for transformation change can be caused by internal or external factors, but the result is a shift in how the organization relates to its wider economic environment.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Interesting. It does suppose that the only driver for change is technology development - it isn't. (and I speak as a technologist). 

My view is that change MUST start with the business, where the changing external environment is constantly viewed for opportunity development. That includes  P (Political change), 
E (Economic change), S (Sociological change), T (technology), L (legal) and E (Environmental). 

I worry that technical people neither understand this or consider the other areas important. Technology does drive some change and at least as often is a solution to change driven from somewhere else. We need to understand the difference.
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21 New Rules For Twenty-First Century Success - Forbes

21 New Rules For Twenty-First Century Success - Forbes | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The rules we learned for managing in the old working world don't work anymore. We need new rules now. Here are 21 new rules for success in the 21st-century working world.

Via Bay Jordan
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Not really new rules. But as an idealistic way to view your life, not a bad set of ideas. Rules is a bit harsh!
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Bay Jordan's curator insight, April 4, 7:58 AM
Sound common sense here, which makes me wonder whether these are really 'new' rules or simply a restatement/reclamation of universal truths.
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The Single Best Activity For Building a Great Team 

The Single Best Activity For Building a Great Team  | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Are you building a great team? It was easy in the early days. You were clear about your vision and you knew what you wanted. Your small team 

Via Bay Jordan
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
Well spotted Bay. I've always been a fan of focussing on outcomes,  It is also essential that the people delivering are involved in defining what those outcomes should be. Too many 'leaders' ignore this. But, although I think this is essential to building a great team, it isn't the only thing! 
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Bay Jordan's curator insight, April 5, 3:06 AM
A great insight and definitely far more valuable than many leadership tips. This identifies the key differentiator between leadership and management as it is the key to empowering people and thereby creating the autonomy, purpose and accountability that deliver employee engagement.