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Tagged with “tool” (9)

  1. The Hot Wash | Manager Tools

    In this show, we’re going to talk about the simplest, most elegant tool we know of to make something you do at work more efficient and more effective.

    Once we explain it, you’ll get it, and you’ll be able to do it. It blows away two of our favorite tool criteria, effectiveness and efficiency. It works; that is, you’ll get notable change out of this tool. So that makes it effective. And, it’s terribly fast, without ANY fanfare or paperwork or staffing, so that makes it efficient as well. We like ANYTHING that is both effective and efficient.

    The tool’s nickname is "The Hot Wash". Its more formal name is Running an After Action Session.

    —Huffduffed by va3tim

  2. The First Rule for New Managers | Manager Tools

    In this cast, we share the First Rule For New Managers: the most important recommendation for someone taking over a team.

    We have been asked hundreds of times for guidance on what to do as a new manager, and we’re finally ready to start rolling out this series of casts.

    This first cast will probably surprise some of our listeners, because it’s pretty counterintuitive.

    On the other hand, we have alluded to it in a few casts before.

    It’s just not what most people think it should be.

    We’ll tell you as well what most managers do…and why they’re wrong.

    The first in a series: The Manager Tools Guidelines For New Managers

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  3. How To Answer Questions About Career History - Part 2 | Manager Tools

    This cast concludes Career Tool’s recommendations for answering questions about your career history.

    TELL THE TRUTH! Truth is Not Your Enemy - An "Answer" Is

    Decide on an Answer and Practice

    Above All Be Honest

    Short, No Blame

    Matter of Fact Delivery

    Add In Follow Up Information

    Stop Worrying About It

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  4. How To Answer Questions About Career History - Part 1 | Manager Tools

    This cast describes Career Tool’s recommendations for answering questions about your career history.

    We get questions all the time from members who feel that their career history is less than stellar and they have concerns about just what to say when asked "why did you leave this job?" or "what prompted that decision?" In fact, sometimes they go as far as not interviewing because they are so concerned about this question.

    The good news is that there is a way to answer this question, and that actually, though it is often asked, it’s much less important to interviewers than you might think. The art of answering it is to assign it it’s proper importance in your mind, decide how you’re going to answer and concentrate on the parts of your interview which demonstrate your competence. You might get a minus point here, but the rest of your interview can add up to so many positive points that it becomes irrelevant.

    TELL THE TRUTH! Truth is Not Your Enemy - An "Answer" Is

    Decide on an Answer and Practice

    Above All Be Honest

    Short, No Blame

    Matter of Fact Delivery

    Add In Follow Up Information

    Stop Worrying About It

    —Huffduffed by va3tim

  5. How to Write a Thank You Note | Manager Tools

    We’ve talked about thank you notes hundreds of times.

    They are fast becoming a nearly lost art.

    That’s too bad, because they are always appreciated.

    We know too many managers and professionals who keep them for years!

    Mark often talks about the basket under his desk full of cards, which he reads when he’s having a bad day.

    It reminds him things are not so bad.

    "Many a friendship — long, loyal, and self-sacrificing — rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word."

    Frederick W. Faber

    We consider thank you notes a part of every manager’s career and management toolkit.

    Here’s how to write them.

    Additional Note:

    For those of you not close to a stationer or prefer the web, we recommend Crane’s, Dempsey & Carroll, and Mrs. John L. Strong.

    Crane’s is the classic American stationary provider, famous for their paper quality.

    Further, a quick suggestion: a higher rag or cotton content in your nicer stationery makes all the difference.

    —Huffduffed by va3tim

  6. Getting Started With LinkedIn - Part 1 | Manager Tools

    LinkedIn is an essential career tool. We’re going to explain the first steps you must take to create your profile, and ways of using LinkedIn to support your career. If you’ve created a profile and you’re not sure what to do next, or you’ve got a network but you’re not using LinkedIn regularly, we think there are some gems in here which will help. If you’re already a super user - we’d encourage you to post your suggestions in the forums.

    Career Tools Recommends LinkedIn

    First, Complete Your Profile

    This Is Not Your Resume

    Employment History


    Other Sections

    Photos Aren’t Necessary - And Must Be Done Right

    Connect With People You Know

    Contact Settings

    Ok, So I’m On, What Now?



    Questions and Answers

    Job Board

    —Huffduffed by va3tim

  7. 5 Ways to Master Horstman’s 3rd Law of Interviewing - Part 2 | Manager Tools

    In today’s cast, we conclude our conversation on Horstman’s 3rd Law of Interviewing.

    As always, if you’re new to Manager Tools and haven’t listened to the first part, you may wish to go back and listen to that first.

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  8. The First Rule Of Probing In An Interview | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes the most important things to ask further questions about during an interview.

    Most interviews are terrible. And, we’re not talking about it from the perspective of the candidate, but rather the manager! Most of us really are not very good at all at interviewing. When you combine this weakness with what every Manager Tools manager knows - that interviewing is the most important thing managers do - well, that might just be a problem. :-)

    The question we get most frequently from managers is what questions should I ask? This is a fine question - and that’s why we have our Interview Creation Tool. But it’s not the best question. The best question is how do I evaluate their answers? Most of us do this poorly. Part of that happens because candidates are terrible at answering our questions. And, most of us don’t probe enough as they’re answering.

    One way to quickly get better at evaluating answers is to probe the decisions they make. But how?

    —Huffduffed by va3tim

  9. Quick and Dirty Interviews | Manager Tools

    Have you ever had to interview someone on short notice?

    Ever felt like you didn’t know what to ask, or how to evaluate the answers?

    You’re not alone.

    Unfortunately, what most managers do is "wing it".

    And that’s more than just ineffective - we think it’s wrong. The danger of winging it is not just that you feel uncomfortable, you look bad, and you don’t get good information upon which to make a judgment of the candidate.

    The real danger is that the candidate can tell that you’re winging it, and that reduces your firm’s chance of hiring the best candidates.

    So, what to do?

    In this cast, we share with you The Manager Tools Quick and Dirty Interview:

    a few simple questions that always work. There’s a lot more to handling such situations, and those will be in our How to Interview series.

    But for now, when "No, I don’t have time" doesn’t get you off the hook, this is what to do.

    —Huffduffed by va3tim