Category Archives: People Tips

Looking for a Leader for Your Organization?

Consider this advice offered by Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist David J. Linden in a recent piece for the New York Times. “When searching for your organization’s next leader, look for someone with an attenuated dopamine function: someone who is never … Continue reading

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Caught My Eye: Resume Don’ts

As noted in an earlier post, some people think the resume is history because people use LinkedIn instead but I expressed reservations about that, as did a commenter. If for no other reason than as a backup, people should still … Continue reading

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Can Harmony Hurt Team Performance

In the academic course, Administration of Educational Technology Units, that I teach at Concordia and the Technical Communication Manager certificate program that I teach for the Society for Technical Communication, I include an exercise on hiring workers. One of the … Continue reading

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Caught My Eye: Hiring and LinkedIn

In his personal branding blog for Forbes magazine online, Dan Schwabel posits that LinkedIn will replace job boards like the Monster Board. After all, LinkedIn already provides much of the same information about a candidate as a resume (or CV … Continue reading

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Go Northward My Friend

The relative strength of the Canadian job market and the reasonably high standard of living here has attracted not only Target stores (though I still have to wait at least 2 years for the first store opening), but also immigrants … Continue reading

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But Can the Team Be Friends

Even if the boss manages to find a way to be caring, even close, without being friends, what types of relationships among the staff should the manager nurture?  When You Don’t Want Employees to Agree by Katie Loehrke and published … Continue reading

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Can Bosses Be Friends?

Even above board relationships in the work place can be tricky. (Yes, I watch too many B-shows and movies.) Be the boss, not a friend, published at Fortune/CNNMoney.com, is an excerpt from Linda Hill and Kent Lineback’s book, Being the Boss: … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Managing Performance

Do Performance Appraisals Work? / But That Won’t Stop Efforts to Improve Them / But Maybe Performance Doesn’t Tell Us Much / Questions for Discussion One of the primary responsibilities of a manager is coordinating the performance planning, coaching, and … Continue reading

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Changemeister

According to consultant and author, Jiri Maly (Achieve change by accepting these inconvenient truths, Globe and Mail, Monday, December 28, 2009, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/managing/achieve-change-by-accepting-these-inconvenient-truths/article1413125/), planning a process or business change is only part of the challenge of instituting change. Encouraging the staff … Continue reading

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