Great tips for those that use a DIY (do it yourself) method to Hire Great People

 

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10 Rules to Hiring Great Peoplebased on Pierre Mornell’s book, 45 Effective Ways for Hiring Smart.

 

Rule number one is clear and supremely counterintuitive: Don’t ever, ever hire somebody just like yourself. Why is that so hard? And what has happened to executives and companies that did that? As management guru Rosabeth Kanter observed, they often sink into the soft sand of irrelevance as the rough waters of current reality wash over them.

Here are the other nine:

Hire With Caution

Hire with Caution

2. Hire for Attitude Rather than Skill.
Teaching skills is a snap compared with doing attitude transplants. Among the qualities you’ll want most is a fierce sense of optimism.
3. Look for Renegades.
In interviews, ask when the person has been in trouble. The obedient employee will be of limited use to you in this change-up environment.

4. Hold out for Results.
Never hire someone with good potential but questionable habits, thinking you can change him or her. As in choosing mates, what you see now is what you get forever.

5. Go for a Sense of Humor.
The potential hire who can’t laugh easily, particularly at herself, is going to be a very dull and probably rigid employee.

6. Fill in the Blanks.
Look carefully at the total strengths and skill gaps of your teams in various work units, and go for the qualities and styles that are missing.

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Hire For Attitude

7. Test Drive.
Don’t be satisfied with references. Remember that many of the most glowing references are given for people others are eager to dump. Include day-long simulations as part of your interview process, or invite applicants to give you a portfolio of their best work.
8. Stock the Bullpen.
Keep an eye out for prospects before the need arises. Don’t wait until a vacancy occurs. Keep a pool of potential employees under the watchful eye of somebody who’s responsible for hiring. Evaluate your recruiting team in terms of how well they keep the bullpen ready. And tell them never to turn away an interesting candidate with the line, “We don’t have any positions open now.”

9. Push Harder for Diversity.
Make certain you’re spreading your net wide enough to find those high-potential, but different, fish who generally don’t swim in the streams near you. Ask your HR group what contacts and periodicals they’re using to interest potential hires. “We don’t know where to find people different from us” is a costly excuse.

10. Listen.
Most interviewers talk way too much. When a candidate finally gets to you, listen for the “story line” of his or her life, at home and at work. It’s been said that being a leader is like practicing psychiatry without a license. That may be more true in hiring than in any other part of the job.

For more advice about hiring, consider psychiatrist/Fortune 500 consultant Pierre Mornell’s book, 45 Effective Ways for Hiring Smart.

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Am I Winning in the Game of Life?

I have recently had reason to take stock of what I have given, received and learned in my life so far.  These were the limits in which I used to keep my focus. I often need that

I love what I do

I love what I do

because I have such an appetite for learning that I can get distracted very quickly.  This topic also was the subject of one of my favourite authors, Clayton Christensen.  So I looked around me and started asking the tough questions. I am winning, losing or just treading water.

It is always hard to take the time to reflect on your progress.  It feels like a touchy, feely thing to do but you might be surprised to know that the most successful people do it all the time. It is what keeps them honest, in integrity and balanced.  How else can they juggle their complex lives. Of course we have seen the Bernie Maddocks of the world who is the epitome of “failing”. Sadly, he didn’t start to carry out a jail term. He had a big future ahead of him but he lost track of his core values and greed took over.

 

Bernie is one of the big news failures but we see them around us, far too often. I am a coach and I teach coaching in corporations. The reason I do this is to cut the amount of stress employees and managers are under. How many people do you know that would love to leave their job and do something different? How many people do you know hate their job?  I can’t help but wonder what the consequence of these feelings about their job  has on them, their co-workers, their managers, their customers, their family and everyone else that gets in their path. How can they feel good about themselves and continue in this negative pattern.

I am not going  to reinvent the wheel here. I follow this wonderful young man by the name of Scott Dinsmore.   This link is worth a look as he has a great community build around loving your workplace (maybe not the one you are in now but a new one).  His ideas follow mine in that the first key things you must do when you are thinking about your life going forward is;

  • You will actually have to decide where you want to be in 5 and 10 years. I know that sounds like old school but it really is creating a destination point for your journey. If you don’t know where you want to go any road will take you there. This is dangerous to not have a vision of where you want to end up.
  • Are you investing in your brain? Are you learning new things. Remember university and college was just the start. When was the last time you invested in a book about leadership or watched a training video on something that relates to your interests. You get the idea.
  • Are you taking care of your body?  This handy little thing is the only way you can get around easily. It is worth the effort.

Okay, that is lots to think about today. I do recommend Clayton’s book and check out Scott’s site. These are investments in you.  Your life plan is calling.  Take good care of yourself.

 



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When to Create a New Role – Choosing the Right Time to Expand Your Team

 

 

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Now Hiring

 

 

Has your team had too much to do lately? Are people increasingly overworked and stressed, because of the volume of tasks they must complete? How do you know when to hire new workers? This is not easy to decide. There’s much more to consider than just your current staff’s protests that they have too much to do.

 

When NOT to Create a New Role

 

Hiring a team member at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons can cost you time, and waste money. There are several factors that do not justify a permanent addition to your team:

 

  • Seasonal increases in workload – If your team is overworked at specific times of the year, then hire temporary help to relieve the workload.
  • One-time or unusual projects – If your people are responsible for delivering an unusually large project that’s outside either the type or volume of “business as usual” work, then consider using contractors to meet this temporary change in staffing requirements. You can use contractors to do the project work itself, or you can use them to do the regular work of your permanent staff, whose expertise you need to deliver the project.
  • Sick or vacationing team members – Again, temporary staffing can help fill these gaps.
  • Complaining staff members – If people on your team complain about their workload, then make sure they’re managing their time well. You can fix poor time management much more easily than hiring someone new to do some of their work.
  • Before you decide to hire a permanent addition to your team, make sure your team members are managing their time effectively, are properly resourced, and are working as efficiently as possible. Also, make sure that their heavy workload isn’t just temporary.

 

When to Consider a New Role

 

So, what does justify creating a new job in your organization?

 

  • Consistent work overload – The main indicator that your people need extra help is that they’re consistently overloaded with tasks and projects. If they work hard and manage their time effectively, then adding a role will increase your team’s productivity as well as reduce stress.
  • Regular use of contractors – Do you already use a lot of temporary workers, contractors or freelancers? If you regularly hire outside help, this could mean that you need a permanent person. Contractors often cost more per hour than your permanent staff, and they generally don’t know your organization as well. Analyzing the hidden costs as well as the more obvious costs will help you decide whether to use contractors or create new, permanent roles to get the best overall value for money.
  • Improvements in the economy – If a role was eliminated, there might be laws that determine when it can be reactivated, so talk to your HR department early in your decision-making process. They’ll be able to advise you on whether you can create a new permanent role, and what the scope of the role can and cannot be.
  • Time spent on tasks that don’t need your expertise – Your own schedule and tasks can determine if you need additional help. If you spend most of your day performing tasks that could easily be done by someone less skilled (and therefore cheaper), then creating a new role could actually help you increase revenue or productivity. This would free some of your time to focus on more profitable tasks and strategies.

 

When and How to Structure Team Growth

 

  • Option 1: Hire in advance – Proactively hire someone before your team gets really busy. Hiring in advance allows you to train new people before workloads increase, so that you can maintain turnaround times and quality levels.
  • Option 2: Wait until the need is obvious – If you wait until work volumes increase to a level where people are over-stretched, then you’ll have to recruit and train during a very busy time. And by the time your new worker is trained enough to be effective, you’ll have risked upsetting existing staff because they’re overworked and stressed.

 

Both options have benefits and risks, and it’s important to choose a path that’s right for you, your team, and your organization.

 

Key Points

 

Creating a new role takes time and careful thought. Start by identifying why you or your team needs help. If you have a temporary increase in workload, or if several workers are out sick or on vacation, then hire temporary help. If business forecasts show a big increase in the near future, then carefully consider your two main options: hiring now to train the new team member, or waiting until business has already increased.

 

If your organization requires HR approval, then make sure you have the budget for a new role, write a detailed job description, and learn about other HR requirements for the approval process.

 

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Breadwinner Wives

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For centuries men were expected to be the main providers or breadwinners for their families.  As times have changed, women have established themselves in the working world alongside their male counterparts.  But what about responsibilities at home?  Working women, even those working full-time careers were often still viewed as a ‘second wage earner’ not as the primary breadwinner for the family.  They maintained nearly the same level of responsibility in childcare and household tasks as their ancestral female forebears while also holding down full-time careers.  Times are changing yet again.  Women are now more likely to seek a masters degree than their male counterparts. Women have steadily outpaced men in earning higher degrees since the late 1990′s.

There has been a slow but steady societal shift in which women are taking over as the primary breadwinner and handing off more of the domestic tasks to their significant others.  According to the most recent census, one in five stay-at-home parents is a man.  More women are reporting that they share equally household chores such as cleaning, laundry and cooking than in previous decades.  In a rising number of cases, the husbands are shouldering more of the chores then their wives.  Childcare is the one area where women still tend to take on more than their husband.

Does that mean that a woman who earns more has more power?  Not necessarily.  A majority of breadwinner wives surveyed report that they share power equally with their spouses.   A similar majority report that they are very happy in their marriages, whether they had children or not made little difference in that number.



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Do You Run Your Life Like You Run Your Business? Check out this great book!!!!

I have found a wonderful book for you folks for January. There has been so much going on and I have been remiss in posting the fabulous books that I have been reading. After a brief chat with a “coachee” of mine and a good kick in the behind, I am once again sharing the books that I find very worthwhile.

 

This month I am going to feature a really unusual find. Some of you may know Clayton M.  Christensen as the guy who is known for writing about “Disruptive Technology” and other really leading edge technology strategy. When I was out at Christmas looking for gifts for friends,  I happen to come across one of his books in the “Self Help” section. I was intrigued so I looked at the back cover and my curiosity was piqued  at what I read there.

Clayton wrote this book with two co-authors while fighting a battle with cancer and recovering from a stroke. I have had my own personal trauma this year so I was totally open to a little inspiration. Especially from one of my favourite authors in a topic that is up my alley.  The name of the book is called “How Will You Measure Your Life?”   It is not a long read but it is so worth your time. This book was inspired by his annual talk with his Harvard MBA students about being grounded in values, ethics and to understand what really makes you tick, before you lose control of your life. One of his colleagues at graduate school was a high achieving, good person by the name of Bernie Madoff who publicly lost control of his career and life.

This book was written to help young, smart up and comers from going in this direction. Even though I am a bit past my up and coming days, I loved reading this book because Clayton took business concepts and used them to show how to decide your true goals and ambitions in life that will get you where you really want to go. Of course there are lots of structured family stuff that is foundational, and I found myself feeling vindicated for being a tough parent that had to deal with a smart young man who felt at a young age he was being held to a standard unfairly high.  Of course he has confirmed what his father and I knew all along, but goodness it feels good to BE Right……..

Anyway have a read of this book if you can get your hands on it. You won’t be disappointed.
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Home Office

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More and more women are working from home and not just working moms looking for more flexibility.  As a growing number of women are becoming business entrepreneurs, many are establishing themselves with home offices.  Working from home has it perks.   Answering the phone in your pajamas is perfectly acceptable.  Fielding emails over your morning oatmeal or a late night snack is also acceptable.  But there are some serious drawbacks to working from home.  It can be more difficult to disconnect from work when it’s right there next to you.  Distractions can interfere with your work.  Fixing yourself a sandwich can quickly turn into tidying the kitchen, throwing in a load of laundry and starting dinner.  Before you know it, you’ve lost two hours and now you need to walk the dog before you can get back to that project you need finished by 9:00 am tomorrow.

So how do you make working from home work for you?  A few tips:

Establish a separate office space, preferably not a corner in your bedroom.  This cuts down on distractions and trains your brain to settle into work when you’re in that space.  It also allows you to walk away from work and be at home.  This is crucial if you have a family.  They will need to respect your workspace.

Routine!  Have set office hours. Having set working times and set down times allows you to manage stress better.  Yes, you can go to the gym in the middle of the day if you want, but schedule your working hours around it.  Again, routine will be important if you have family or even friends who assume that because you’re home, you’re not busy.

Get out of the house from time to time.  Working from home is great but you don’t want to become a recluse either.  Pick one day a week to work from a coffee shop.  Join your local chamber of commerce.  Attend networking functions.  Something, anything to keep you connected with real live human beings.



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Do You Understand Your Insurance?

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If I asked you how your health insurance coverage is set up, could you answer me?  Some women have their spouses and family listed as dependents on their employer’s group insurance policy.  Some women are listed as dependents on their spouse’s employer’s policy.  Some are covered under individual health policies, with themselves or their spouse listed as the primary.  But what happens if you and your spouse divorce?  What if the one covered by an employer plan gets laid off?  What if the primary insured dies?  Would you know what your options are and what to do to avoid any lapse in coverage?  Single women, listen up.  This applies to you even more since you don’t have the fallback of a possible spousal coverage.

As with the earlier article on taking control of your money, understanding your insurance coverage is key component of maintaining your financial security.  If you experience a loss of coverage for any of the above reasons, you will have a limited amount of time in which to make decisions.  It is a good idea to understand and evaluate the options before you face a crisis.  COBRA is a safety net but it can be a very expensive safety net, particularly if you are not working.  Individual insurance plans are subject to medical underwriting, which can present a problem if you have any pre-existing health conditions, even minor ones.  Healthcare reform laws governing pre-existing conditions don’t go into effect until January 2014.

Once a year you should review your health insurance.  Make sure you understand what type of coverage you have and if you’re covered through a group plan, what would it cost you through COBRA.  You may have an emergency fund tucked away but would it be enough?  Your plan’s group administrator should be able to give you that information.  Be sure you understand how your plan works.  Do you have an HSA account?  If so, is it funded and are you using it?  What is your deductible?  Is that included in your emergency fund?  If you have an individual plan, with or without a spouse, talk to your broker once a year to review how the plan works, how you’re making use of it and understand what your options are if you wanted to make a change.  If your health has changed since you took the plan out, you may not be able to switch to a different plan, which can be an important piece of information for financial planning.



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Goal Settings

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How many times have we heard those words: Goal Setting?  Probably far too many to count.  We all set goals from trying that fabulous new Thai restaurant to landing a promotion.  But how do you know if your desire is worth the effort of setting a goal?  That takes a little soul searching.  I recently read a fantastic article on Business Woman Magazine by Sylvia Hepler that asks all the right questions to help you set your goals and more importantly differentiate between goals and desires.

Some things you need to take into account include your values, focus, time, energy, money, self-sacrifice and finally what Hepler calls your ‘big picture’.  Taking the time to sort out the answers to the questions asked in the article can bring clarity to the often fuzzy concept of goals.



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Massage: Give Yourself a Time Out

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We all hit that point of being burnt out from stress and work load.  Working moms get a great deal of attention for burn out because they deal with job stress as well as juggling family schedules and kids’ activities.  In reality, all working women are prone to burn out because women tend to over-function.  We often work harder to get the recognition we deserve at work then go home and do the same.  We tackle the cooking, the housework, relationships with spouses and/or close friends, all of which take a physical and emotional toll.  I don’t mean to be decrying some poor hapless victim role of women.  I highlight quite the opposite really.  Look at all we accomplish for ourselves and those around us!

But we do need to address the stress and the burn out stress can lead to.  Taking time out for ourselves shouldn’t be considered a luxury but a necessity.  Before you write me off by saying you don’t have time to take time out, think about it.  What if you scheduled time once a month to relax and rejuvenate yourself?  Massage therapy has been around for centuries and recipients report feeling energized, refreshed, renewed and more clear-minded after a massage.  So instead of taking time out for yourself decreasing what your productivity, it could in fact have the opposite effect.   Massage has been shown to lead to more restful sleep, better circulation, reduced fatigue and decreased anxiety.

Taking time out to take of you is ultimately beneficial to those around you whether that’s your family, your friends, your employer, your clients or even your pets.



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Make Your Positive Attitude Contagious

 

Are you projecting the attitude you think you are?

If life has a tendency to overwhelm and fill you with negative feelings, practice projecting a positive attitude. A change in attitude can lead to many positive changes in your life. Practicing a positive attitude can have a quick and important impact on self-esteem, self-confidence and general wellbeing. People will mirror the presence you project. It is not a coincidence that when you are having a good day, everyone else seems to also be having a good day.

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Be very aware of your body and your facial expression.

 

I could say just smile but it is more than that. Our body language tells the whole story of how we are feeling. Did you know that we convey 75% of any message we want to send by body language alone. If you find yourself caught up in some negative self-talk, think about the message you are inadvertently projecting.

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Laugh at yourself. Look for the humour in situations.

Laugh often. Laughter has a positive effect on you and those around you, while relieving your body of stress. We program ourselves to find events frustrating, anger producing or just plain irritating. It will take some practice but if you can “re-program” yourself to look at these offensive times through a different lens, you will be amazed how much simpler life becomes.

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Watch your internal dialogue.

Anytime you think something negative, write down the thought and turn it into a positive statement. Retrain your brain to think positively. When you realize you have just beaten yourself up, it is important to understand the root of the issue. Writing down your abusive thoughts will show patterns and clues as to how to proceed. Remember that thoughts become beliefs and then actions, so manage your thought process with your happiness in mind.

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Spend time with positive people.

Negative people are always recruiting for other negative people. This might mean you have to cut people out of your life, or minimize the amount of time you spend with them. Negativity is as contagious as being positive. Be aware of those around you who try to sell their negative attitude as “being realistic”.  That is their story not yours.

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Take time to smell the roses, or if you have allergies, smell the coffee.

Be gentle with people. You can be hard on issues but gentle on people and make a huge difference to you and those around you. Be curious about people, rather than judgmental. We all have a story to tell.  You will find that once you slow down (just for that brief moment) and discover something to enjoy, your body will relax and clarity will follow. It is hard to be tense when you think about the little girl you saw going to daycare with her squirrel rubber boots on.

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Accentuate the positive in others.

The work starts with you, and as you work on developing your positive attitude, you can help others see their strengths. Help others attain a healthier, positive outlook. Be a role model for change and enjoy how people respond.



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