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6 Things IT Managers Need to Know About Hiring vs. Training

6 Things IT Managers Need to Know About Hiring vs. Training | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Deciding whether to train and promote your current staff or bring in new blood is a choice many IT leaders face on a regular basis. The best decision, of course, depends on many variables. The first step is answering these six questions.
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What about a third way? Why not hire a short term mentor who can pass on their experience, without you having to hire them fulltime or for a long time.

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Hire for Cultural Fit, Train for the Right IT Skills

Hire for Cultural Fit, Train for the Right IT Skills | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Hiring for the right cultural fit can be more important than focusing on technical skills alone and can help companies improve employee retention, engagement and loyalty.
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Cultural fit is important, but you should also look for people with good overall technical aptitude (not just a specific tech skill) and the right attitude. You could say that the attitude is part of the culture perhaps?

 

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Do you understand your company's personality?

Do you understand your company's personality? | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Corporate culture may matter even more to your project's success than ROI does. Here's how to work with it rather than against it.
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The larger the organisation (business, public organisation, country) the more they think everyone else thinks and behaves like they do! But they don't. This why mergers fail, customer service fails and trade talks fails. Understanding your own culture and that of whoever you are dealing with can immeasurably improve your chances of success.

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4 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try

4 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try | Management Snips | Scoop.it
These tips will help you craft a presentation that you can deliver with confidence, no matter how great your fear of public speaking.
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I would also add, stop speaking before the audience wants you too.

 

Many people speak on long after the audience has lost interest. Even when the talk was otherwise great. Keep your talk tight, to the point and sit down quickly.

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50% leadership and management consultancy grant

50% leadership and management consultancy grant | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Government pays £2000, we add £1000, giving you Management and Leadership development that would normally cost £5000, for £2000!
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UK firms see 1,000+ internal data breaches a day, study finds

UK firms see 1,000+ internal data breaches a day, study finds | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Internal threats are not a high priority for UK firms despite more than 1,000 internal data breaches a day
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We need better managers who really understand how the security works. Imagine what it will be like once big data gets into these organisations!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 19, 4:25 PM

This is a scary thought.  Corporately we must find a way to protect the data we are privileged to manage.

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Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Ecollaboration

Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Ecollaboration | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Excerpt from recently released Kindle book.
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A practical guide to understanding and implementing ecollaboration.

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Changing world of work must drive management makeover | Chartered Management Institute

Changing world of work must drive management makeover | Chartered Management Institute | Management Snips | Scoop.it
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Whether we like it or not, the world of management is changing. I think this is a good thing, as this is our chance to redesign how we manage - away from the command and control approach which does not work. Look out for a new book about this being launched on Amazon on Friday 7th Feb 'Together works: the ultimate guide to ecollaboration'.

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5 Guidelines for Goal Setting - RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

5 Guidelines for Goal Setting - RW McIntyre Leadership Notes | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Brief discussion of how to initiate a goal program within your organization.
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An excellent guide to the basics of goal setting. Very useful.

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4 Smart Ways to Meet All Your Goals - Business Matters

4 Smart Ways to Meet All Your Goals - Business Matters | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Making a list and checking it twice? That's not going to cut it for achieving your toughest goals.
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Getting your goals right sits at the centre of success in ALL areas of your life.

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Five things managers do that job candidates hate

Five things managers do that job candidates hate | Management Snips | Scoop.it
For managers, the hiring process is, admittedly, a bear. But it's also time-consuming and arduous for job candidates. Here are five things you can do to make the experience more pleasant for those who apply to your open positions.
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And it isn't as if these are difficult problems to solve! Too many managers haven't got a clue when it comes to recruitment, which is astonishing when you think about the consequence of getting it wrong i.e. time, cost, impact on team, brand etc.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:24 PM

Interesting discussion, worth reading.

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A New Center Of Gravity For Management?

A New Center Of Gravity For Management? | Management Snips | Scoop.it
The Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013 suggested a new a center of gravity for management in the world, as thought leaders explored the implications of complexity
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This is so on target. Old management is dead. Long live new management. Suggestions for which corporates should be folded on a postcard please.

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Workers Log More Anytime, Anywhere Hours

Workers Log More Anytime, Anywhere Hours | Management Snips | Scoop.it
The majority of workers say they constantly have to attend to business matters when they're away from the office, and they do so from any location, at any hour.

Via Karl Wabst
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Even more reason to manage worker outputs rather than hours worked.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, December 2, 2013 11:31 AM

The idea that we "go to work" is a nostalgic, quaint notion. Many of us are always working. That means that ideas, behaviors and tools had better change too.

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On the Spot: What is the biggest management mistake? | Professional Manager

On the Spot: What is the biggest management mistake? | Professional Manager | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Professional Manager probes more managers, this time on mistakes
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Listen! Oh wait, you're a Manager. Managers don't listen do they?

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The Expert, A Hilarious Sketch About the Pain of Being the Only Engineer in a Business Meeting

The Expert, A Hilarious Sketch About the Pain of Being the Only Engineer in a Business Meeting | Management Snips | Scoop.it
The pain of being the only engineer in a business meeting is perfectly illustrated in the comedy sketch, "The Expert." The sketch was written and directed by Lauris Beinerts and is based on the (Ru...
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For IT people everywhere. A perfect example of a problem with communication between an 'expert' and the business!

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Younger worker traits affect business growth - ABA Banking Journal

Younger worker traits affect business growth - ABA Banking Journal | Management Snips | Scoop.it

“Millennials are reshaping the talent markets with new expectations; new technologies are changing work in countless ways; and we are more frequently competing and racing with machines for knowledge work. The findings of our global survey reveal that a majority of global organizations are not prepared to deal with these trends that are reshaping the workforce.”


Via Karl Wabst
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

If we think we can manage younger workers in the same way we are doing now, we are deluding ourselves. Old style command and control management will not work - we need a new style of management that is based on trust, facilitative management and ecollaboration.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, March 26, 1:20 PM

We need more leaders. We need a new vision. Globally, companies are busy just trying to keep the wheels on. There's too much focus on managing current tasks, cutting costs and maintaining current state.

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Ecollaboration myths

Ecollaboration myths | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Before looking in detail at how to successfully ecollaborate, we need to separate some facts from fiction.
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Ecollaboration is not just simply a set of tools, a methodology or a mechanism for getting something done in a particular way.  Ecollaboration has its own special identity, and involves approaching a number of business challenges with a new thinking model.

Before looking in detail at how to successfully ecollaborate, we need to separate some facts from fiction.

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malek's comment, March 6, 9:20 AM
Individual behavior!! difficult but not a #myth
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5 Essentials To Make Mentoring Worthwhile

5 Essentials To Make Mentoring Worthwhile | Management Snips | Scoop.it
A good mentor is hard to find. Before trusting someone with your personal and professional goals, consider these characteristics.
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The character of your mentor is almost as important as their knowledge and experience. But you do need both.

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John Wade: Coach; consultant; mentor's curator insight, February 24, 6:31 PM

Great insights in this article - there is a way of finding the right mentor, and it can be hard and frustrating. Yet much easier than trying to work with someone you don't get on with; and considerably easier than doing without.

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The Case for Better Alignment

The Case for Better Alignment | Management Snips | Scoop.it
In my work, I have seen the impact of poor alignment. If the people in a business are not aligned with the values and vision of the organization, you often see the majority of people actually pulli...

Via Ron McIntyre
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I suspect most people don't really know what the companies values are, never mind how their own fit. The danger signs include people who complain that the company doesn't understand them, or that they don't understand why the company did something.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 18, 10:27 AM

Great discussion on alignment from Triple Crown Leadership.  His two checklists are very basic but helpful if you use them.

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Structured Procrastination: How to Productively Put Off Tasks

Structured Procrastination: How to Productively Put Off Tasks | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Use this mind trick to turn your procrastination habit into a productivity booster.
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We all procrastinate, so why not do it constructively!

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

Via Ron McIntyre
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I suspect that the up to us bit is even more than 40%.  I've met rich miserable people and happy disabled poor people. Happiness is a choice which has very little to do with your situation in life.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 3, 12:28 PM

Interesting dialog from 2013 on an examination of Happy People.  Well worth reading.


Dr. Catherine Carr, PCC, RCC's curator insight, February 4, 12:10 PM

Fabulous article on What creates sustained happiness!

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Management Habit 2 – Define clear goals

Management Habit 2 – Define clear goals | Management Snips | Scoop.it
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A personal story of how goals can help you succeed.

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Aim for success with great goals

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It's the new year, so a great time to review where you want to go with your business or department.

 

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How one company kicked the device support habit, enabled cloud access

How one company kicked the device support habit, enabled cloud access | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Many companies get bogged down dealing with device support, but when you give users cloud access and stop troubleshooting devices, you can focus attention on keeping track of company data.
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Is this the future of BYOD and IT support? The company manages the data, while the user manages their own device. Seems like a natural progression to using the Cloud. Be interesting to see how this works in practice.

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Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive

Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive | Management Snips | Scoop.it
Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive: Hierarchies must lead the charge to replace themselves with heterarchies or responsible autonomy
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Excellent overview of why the current hierarchical management paradigm won't work for very much longer. You cannot effectively use hierarchical 'command and control' management to manage people you can't see.

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Five things managers do that job candidates hate

Five things managers do that job candidates hate | Management Snips | Scoop.it
For managers, the hiring process is, admittedly, a bear. But it's also time-consuming and arduous for job candidates. Here are five things you can do to make the experience more pleasant for those who apply to your open positions.
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And, I would add, not being prepared for the job interview e.g. not having read the candidates CV, not being clear about what the job entails or not having even put the interview in their diary.

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