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You’ve got an interview, how should you prepare?

business tuit for interviewHave you just finished your education and searching for your first full-time job? Then, we have several great tips for you how to succeed in the job interview.

A job interview is generally a daunting experience for anyone. You can ease your worries a little by making sure you’re prepared for the event. This involves thinking about your prospective employer, the role you’re applying for, and all of the practical issues surrounding the interview itself.

You need to start thinking about the interview as soon as you possibly can, and the thought process doesn’t end until after the interview.

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The growing online recruitment sector

curriculum vitate - hiringAlex Farrell, the director at IT Job Board, mentions there is an increasing need for online professionals. This has been a good year for their site, he mentions that the biggest growth has been in the banking and financial industry sectors with 30%, working mainly with big data. Big data provides banking institutions with business strategies. Banks are now funding cloud computing to push business productivity and the growth of M-commerce for safe online transactions.

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As for Millennials… You Got it! They Want it!

performance review - graphsI just spoke at a corporate meeting this week for a client’s clients – their annual user’s conference.  It was held at one of Hyatt’s best – nice conducive digs for considering new ideas.  The audience was pretty much split right down the middle with Boomers and Millennials.  It was a perfect opportunity to talk about a number of generational differences as they relate to trust, communication and collaboration.  So I did.

 I focused on three issues affecting how we work together, build trust, and achieve collaboration.  I specifically talked about 

  • the accelerating process of change occurring in organizations,
  • key differences within our multi-generational workforce,
  • and the impact of human individuality.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a New Candidate

searching for right employeePicking the right candidate may be a difficult process, especially when you have many qualified prospects applying for a position that you have posted. Sometimes there are very little distinctions between two applicants’ resumes. How can you differentiate between two candidates? You may want to ask yourself these things before offering a position to a prospective employee:

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Understanding Why Employee Recognition Is Important

show your talent Appreciation is a basic human need. Taking the time to understand this basic psychological principle, and applying it, can have several beneficial effects for a business. All workers in a business look for appreciation through the work they do, whether it is individually, or a part of a team. Before looking at what ways a business can benefit from properly giving their employees recognition for their work, let’s take a look at how to actually give the appreciation correctly in the first place.

 

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7 Factors of Employee Engagement… what managers really need to know!

manager talking to employeeManagers too often make the mistake of judging an employee’s level of engagement, and consequently their level of commitment, based on their own (the manager’s) yardstick of “normal”.   The problem is people are all different and from a non-clinical perspective, there is no such thing as normal.  Everyone is unique and has their own distinct style of intuitive behavior.  Note I said intuitive behavior, not learned behavior.  Let me suggest that you conside  intuitive behavior to be an individual’s internal yardstick of what is normal (for them).

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The Little Blue Card

know yourself - managementDavid never got his blue card.

David is my lifelong friend from childhood. He had it tough. One of a preacher’s nine kids, he always had to be perfect. David was never allowed to make decisions: they were always made for him. So when he grew up and left home, he made lousy decisions because he didn’t know how to make good ones.

David joined the army and was injured during training, hit on the head with the steel door of an army tank. He’s never been quite the same since. He also got mixed up in using drugs, and has been a real mess his whole adult life.

Years ago, David was admitted to a mental hospital in the beautiful and serene Napa Valley. I flew out to San Francisco, rented a car, and drove to Napa to visit David. This was one of the most powerful, yet upsetting and depressing weeks of my life.

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The pilot died! Or did he?

You and I need information whether it’s good or bad. Even with discouraging news we all “get through the moments” better with reliable data. Such is the lesson taught by an insightful Southwest Airlines pilot. This is a story I’ve told clients again and again.

Southwest is that little “pretend” Texas-based carrier according to a friend of mine who works for Delta, he believes Delta is a “real airline”. Southwest changed its industry. Many airlines in business when Southwest got started are no longer is business. And unlike some of its competition today, Southwest still makes money.

As we say in Texas, it’s my company plane!

Southwest Airlines has never had an onboard fatality. But years ago Southwest had a major situation.

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Building Working Relationships that Work

team covenant bookDo relationships at work matter?  Obviously they do, or at least most people today think so.  I sure do, it’s why I’ve been in the organizational relationships and development business for over 35 years.

We will dramatically change your view on how to write paper for school!

Building working relationships that work doesn’t just happen.  Like anything else, it requires knowledge, a defined strategy, commitment, and the development of skills – in this case, relational skills.

In inaugurating this blog as a part of our delivery of PSI Enterprise, my commitment is to provide an open-ended dialogue to share what we have learned through the years in working with clients to improve the performance of their people.

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21st Century Skills: You’ve Got to Learn to Samba

Rio de Janeiro panoramaI once got a call from out of the blue, asking me to troubleshoot a project in Brazil.  I’m not entirely sure why the company called me, other than sheer desperation, but this large engineering and construction company (specializing in electrical power plants) made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

My prospective client had been hired by a major energy production company, which we’ll call Rio Bravo, to build an electric generation plant north of Rio de Janeiro.  Since Rio didn’t have adequate electricity at the time, civil unrest was beginning to occur, prompting the President of Brazil to take a personal interest in the project.  The President was pressuring Rio Bravo, which pressured my client, demanding to know “When!?”

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