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IDG Connect – We Need More Autistics In Tech

IDG Connect – We Need More Autistics In Tech | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
SAP recently announced plans for an Autistic recruitment drive. Dan Swinhoe explains why the other tech giants should follow suite.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

What a disturbing article. It's article's like this that perpetuate the myth that IT people are only focussed on technology and have no social skills - and no need for them. While the ability to relate to other people may be acceptable in some highly technical areas, the majority of IT people need to be able to relate to customers, the business and even each other if IT is to have any relevance in the Digital Age! Do we really want our IT to be designed and coded by people who don't understand how the applications will be used by real people?

 

Surely we should be helping people with autism to cope better with the wider world, not condeming them to a technical black hole.

 

IDG and SAP should know better than this.

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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.
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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 …
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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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3D printing technology payoff beyond imagination

3D printing technology payoff beyond imagination | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
SearchCIO columnist Harvey Koeppel is not put off by the hype around 3D printing technology. If anything, we underestimate its impact.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I believe this is the THE technology to watch over the next 3 years, maybe sooner. (Even more so than IoT and Driverless cars) The opportunities are huge - only limited by our imagination and willingness to support them financially.

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How Emotionally Intelligent People Handle Criticism: They Don't Do This

How Emotionally Intelligent People Handle Criticism: They Don't Do This | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Be proactive, not reactive.
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I guess this can be summed up as 'take proper responsibility for your mistakes'. We all make them, so be prepared to take it on chin.

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Why Great Managers Use The Grapevine

Why Great Managers Use The Grapevine | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
“As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees
can do a good impression of you when you're not around.” ~Patrick Lencioni

"Leadership is not just what happens when you're there, it's what happens
when you're not there." ~Ken Blanchard

Managing and leading people is what you are called to do in leadership. One
of the most difficult aspects of that is managing the natural human
tendencies of your team members. They might tend to focus on the negative,
they might see things only from their perspective, or any number of other
tendencies that people have (including leaders). But there isn’t any reason
you can’t leverage some of these things to make your life easier. One of
the best ways to do that is to leverage the grapevine in your workplace.

The grapevine will exist in pretty much any environment with three or more
people. People talk, whether it is around the water cooler, in the parking
lot after their shift, or texting each other from home, but that doesn’t
need to be a bad thing. If you use it well, it can actually be a big help
to you both in workload and message.

As a leader you are constantly in the spotlight and are constantly under
very high expectations from your staff (at least they should have high
expectations of you). One of the most powerful things you can do as a
leader is to build trust and understanding amongst your team members, and
people don’t always rely on their own feelings about you, they will also
consult their fellow team members. Some thoughts on this:

·         Find the influential employees – When looking to use the
grapevine, it is obviously best to utilize the “social butterflies” in your
group. When reinforcing messages, when explaining the “why” behind your
decisions and when talking about the future it is great to ensure you do
this with those who you know will spread the message.

·         Make a connection – It is when things are most stressful that
people will look to you and judge, positively or negatively. The employee
has a last minute vacation request, has a death in the family, is having a
real problem with the new material, has an irate customer they need help
with, etc. It is during these times where they will truly appreciate any
extra effort you put forth ... and that little extra is what is noteworthy
enough to spread.

·         Don’t use it as a shortcut – Using the grapevine should never
take the place of a good communication plan, it simply accents it.
Important information that everyone needs to know must be disseminated to
everyone, it should never be left to others who may or may not do so.

·         Don’t let it affect your decisions – Leveraging positive
experiences, decisions, behaviors, and results is good leadership. Making
decisions to leave a positive impression is often poor management. Don’t
curry favor, but don’t be afraid to make the most of the positive things
occurring in the organization.

The grapevine in most organizations is full of rumors and negativity. It’s
an unfortunate part of human nature. If you are able to inject some
positivity into the grapevine simply by being aware of it and taking
advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, you may find that
the trust and understanding of your team improves as news of good deeds and
decisions spread.

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Jacqui Hogan's insight:

It all seems a bit sneaky to me, to be honest. If you have to rely on the grapevine, then there is something quite wrong with your communications.

 

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How ‘socially unskilled’ managers are denting productivity - CMI

How ‘socially unskilled’ managers are denting productivity - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Insights spoke to Sir Professor Cary Cooper, lead author on the CMI Quality of Working Life report, to find out how businesses can boost the productivity of their staff through better wellbeing
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Having poor social skills is miserable for the manager and miserable for their team. Mentoring is a another way to help managers learn these skills 'on the job' and much better than trying to do it in a classroom. 

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The ‘barrier bosses’ standing in the way of gender equality - CMI

The ‘barrier bosses’ standing in the way of gender equality - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Research from the Fawcett Society reveals recruitment managers are twice as likely to be against equality for women in the workplace than the general population
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

This is pretty damning.

 

I don't have recent experience with recruitment consultants, but wonder if this is even more true in the Technology sector (it used to be). 

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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.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
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.   
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How Much Does Job Experience Really Matter, Anyway?

How Much Does Job Experience Really Matter, Anyway? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
I've hired and managed a lot of people, and I always considered the experience of the candidate when making hiring decisions. I have also been on the other s
Jacqui Hogan's insight:
While I agree that experience isn't everything, it has to be in there somewhere. Filling important job vacancies is a complex issue, and reality lies somewhere in between. Too many people have 1 years experience multiplied over and over, so I see where he's coming from. But surely, the people you really want are those with the right attitude and good, useful experience. We also need better recruiters!
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Backbytes: Nostalgic for the 1980s? Good news – the new ZX Spectrum will be launched imminently

Backbytes: Nostalgic for the 1980s? Good news – the new ZX Spectrum will be launched imminently | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Are you missing 256×192, eight-colour graphics? Throw away your PC and buy a ZX Spectrum instead ,Gadgets,Hardware ,ZX Spectrum
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I still have my Spectrum! A 16k too, but upgraded to 48k.


Do you still have yours?

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7 Reasons Why It's Smart to Listen More Than You Talk

7 Reasons Why It's Smart to Listen More Than You Talk | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Saying less and hearing more has huge benefits that most people miss.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

OMG. LIstening is good, but NOT  for these reasons! This is greedy and manipulative reasoning. 

 

The best reason for listening are:

- you might learn something

- conversations are two way

- it isn't all about you

 

Badly done .Inc

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A quarter of SME IT managers are women

A quarter of SME IT managers are women | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Managed services provider Altodigital studied SMEs and found high esteem for IT; and a quarter of their IT managers are women
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

We're getting there at last. While 25% may still seem small, it is still much better than the IT industry as a whole. I wonder what % of their technical teams are female though? 

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The 5 Greatest Examples of Change Management in Business History - CMI

The 5 Greatest Examples of Change Management in Business History - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The need for decisiveness and communication, the inevitable disruption, and why you’ll probably need to break down “the old ways” for successful change management... Managers can learn a lot from these classic change management case studies.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Hmmm. I don't have direct experience of the companies mentioned, but was involved in Y2K. My experience was that this was a huge technology molehill made into a mountain. NOT a good example of change management at all!

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