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Hiring (Or Recruitment) – What’s It All About?

Hiring (Or Recruitment) – What’s It All About?

When you’re hiring, you’re looking for the people who can support you growing your business. The people who will work with you not against you. But there are some things you need to do before you start looking for candidates and advertising your job.

You want people that will fit with your company’s culture and who will work well with your existing team. But you also need people who have the skills and experience do the job you’re employing them to do. You’ll also want to make sure there is a mix of personality types in your team. A team of one personality type will argue, not challenge each other, or will get nothing done.

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Self-Assessment – A Case Study

Self-Assessment - A Case Study

Why is self assessment such a strong force? None of us likes receiving criticism or negative feedback. We particularly don’t like receiving it from others. We are often slightly more open to it when it comes from ourselves. If you recognize an area for improvement in yourself, it’s easier to agree with someone else who points out the same deficiency. This case study highlights how end-of-year reviews can become easier if self –assessment is used year-round.

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Accelerate To Team Success – An Excerpt – Awareness

Accelerate To Team Success - An Excerpt - Awareness

This is an excerpt from my Accelerate To Team Success book. Learn how to develop self awareness.

It’s always good to know how you’re doing and there are several ways you can find out. In this section I’ll briefly explain what 360-degree reviews are, and how you can use them to find out how your behaviour impacts others. I’ll then introduce less formal ways to get feedback from your employees on how the company’s processes are working.

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Tie Team Goals To Your Business Goals

Tie Team Goals To Your Business Goals

Hopefully you have business goals, and you’ve written them down rather than carrying them round in your head. If they’re SMART goals that’s even better. When you write performance-related goals for your team, are they tied to your business goals?

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New To People Management? Some Tips….

New To People Management? Some Tips….

If you’re going to be great at People Management, you need a certain set of skills. You need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively, delegate, coach, persuade, influence and support. In addition, you need to be able to negotiate, diffuse volatile situations, and hold difficult conversations. You also need to be able to provide structure for your team so you can create consistency. You may have some of these skills already. It’s also likely you don’t have all these skills when you first become a manager. Even if you do, you may not have used your skills in the context of managing a team. So you are likely to have skills that need to be developed.

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Documented Processes – Why They’re So Valuable

Documented Processes – Why They’re So Valuable

Documented processes are key to running a business consistently. They save you time when doing tasks you may not do very often. You can use them to keep track as you improve how you do things so you can keep moving forwards. Documented processes are vital for getting new hires going quickly. Use a documented induction process to make sure nothing gets forgotten. They’re vital for all staff – not just new hires. Use them as a common starting point for a discussion if someone’s not doing a task the way they should be. If someone’s away – someone else

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Accelerate To Team Success – An Excerpt – Introduction

Accelerate To Team Success - An Excerpt - Introduction

This is an excerpt from my Accelerate To Team Success book. Team success can be yours!

Expanding your business so that you need to a team to help you deliver your product and/or services is a great step forward. Most people who’ve done it, however, will admit it comes with challenges, especially if you have no experience managing people.

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My Story – Becoming A People Manager

My Story – Becoming A People Manager

Why should you care about the information I share with you? Why should you even think about working with me or my company? Well the simple answer is – because I’ve been there. I know that it’s not as easy as it looks to be a great People Manager. So I’m going to share my story. You’re not alone. You can learn from my mistakes so that you don’t waste time re-inventing wheels that other people including myself have already invented.

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Past Year – What Have You Learned?

Past Year - What Have You Learned?

Look back at this past year – what have you learned? Take some time now to reflect on how it’s gone and what you might do differently or better as a result. Look at the goals you set – both business and personal and think about how well they met the objective behind them.

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What Is A PIP And How Does It Work?

What Is A PIP And How Does It Work?

If you have an employee who’s not performing well, what do you do? Ignoring it is not an option as it will have an impact on the rest of your team and your business overall. The best things to do is to create a Performance Improvement Plan, which is a specific process.

The Performance Improvement Plan process is similar to a typical performance management process, it just uses more specific goals over a shorter time frame. The goals is to give an employee every opportunity to turn themselves around. If you follow the process, and keep appropriate records, it will speed things up if you have to pursue disciplinary proceedings, or even dismissal.

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