5 Obstacles To Overcome As A First-Time Manager

Career Realism

It’s not surprising that first-time managers encounter numerous obstacles to their success. Recent polls have shown that 50% of managers have received NO training before they started their job as a manager. Related: 5 Things To Consider Before You Take That Management Job.

Why You Should Create A Weekly Planning Process

Career Realism

Executive coaching clients who have worked with me have heard me encourage them – time and again – to begin their week with a well-thought-out weekly planning process. Related: Time Management: 4 Keys To Avoiding Work-Related Stress.

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How Time Management Can Help Your Job Search

Career Realism

I am a nut about planning and time management. Be sure to book things as meetings when you need to have devoted time. I will book on the calendar a time slot to work on an article, a clients resume or project plan, just as I would a client call or meeting.

Creating Agile HR, Part 4: Agile Sourcing

Hiring Technical People

In Manage Your Job Search , I wrote about how to find the right kind of job board for you.). The more people you meet and can manage in your network, the more possibilities you have for finding the “right” candidate. That’s the lead time.).

Top Business Process Pitfalls to Avoid

Water Cooler Wisdom

Business process improvement requires good business process visibility, or the ability to accurately and completely view the processes, transactions and other activities operating within an enterprise. Organizations can also quickly identify process problems and get processes that don’t map to overall business objectives back on track – increasing value and efficiency. Then, you have team members wasting time frantically searching their inboxes.

5 Essentials for the “Office” of the Future

Water Cooler Wisdom

Technology must be accessible anytime, anywhere, by both full-time and contract workers. Mobile phones must be able to seamlessly communicate with other devices via the Internet of Things as well as any onsite infrastructures and systems, and users want to automate complex processes with a single touch or action. Best Practices Communication Creativity & Innovation Daily Life Employment Trends Life in the 21st Century Productivity Technology Time Management Work

Essential Leadership for the Future of Work

Water Cooler Wisdom

HR’s top three opportunities, according to Cran’s survey, are partnering, having a strategic advantage in the organization, and leading change. In recent years, HR has made progress using dashboard analytics to get a real-time view of people and processes, and leveraging robotics to automate basic tasks, but there is still work to be done.

IT Amps Up to Meet Business Priorities

Water Cooler Wisdom

Moving beyond the current, hyped-up two speed approach, the report highlighted speed-related considerations  CIOs must take into account: business process-related, architectural, and organizational. On one side are the predictability and controls necessary to manage risk while delivering large-scale enterprise IT with reliability, scalability, security, etc.,” At the same time, we’ve offered little guidance on managing the unavoidable gap between the two priorities.

manager who's bad at numbers is panicking over budget process

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager manager who’s bad at numbers is panicking over budget process March 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a new manager in a rather large department and am working on my budget for 2011/12. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

how to tackle your budget process when you're “not a math person”

Ask A Manager

Lay out a time line for accomplishing these goals over the course of a year. You already have a time line all laid out, so it’ll be easy to drop in the numbers. Small adjustments in timing or resources can make a big difference! Get an Ask a Manager mug.

Can RSS Make a Comeback?


It organizes all your content in one nice little place. When I developed HR Blogger and most recently Mommy Blogger , I used RSS feeds to organize the site making it easy for visitors to read and find interesting human resources related content.

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How to Work Around Office Problems

Water Cooler Wisdom

Alexandra Levits Water Cooler Wisdom About Subscribe in a reader Subscribe to Water Cooler Wisdom by Email CareerChat eNewsletter Subscribe Find Alexandra Archives April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 More.

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Why Spreadsheets Are Yesterday's News

Water Cooler Wisdom

Over three decades later, the spreadsheet remains prevalent as a valued tool in the project manager’s toolbox even though its widespread use leads to as many problems as it solves. Jones offered guidance on some of the options available to project managers, and started with a bit of education on the PPM market itself. Before undertaking the selection process, it’s key to understand that PPM tools aren’t perfect.

Tips to Bag the Job You Want Without Experience

Ms. Career Girl

Pinpoint relevant soft skills with anecdotal evidence, for example, put specifics like “excellent time management- juggled a six hour college class with a part-time job.”. Many organizations welcome volunteers and interns with open arms.

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can I justify hiring someone who needs additional education to do.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager can I justify hiring someone who needs additional education to do the job? For instance, say I run an organization that will need a full time HR person in the future (within a year or two). Get an Ask a Manager mug.

5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed

Ms. Career Girl

The post 5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed appeared first on Ms. Project management is vital for business leaders in any industry, but guiding a project from conception to execution isn’t always straightforward. That’s where strong project management skills come in.

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employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. Reply Ask a Manager March 18, 2011 at 9:07 am This is so true.

Time management is not about tasks | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Is this your first time here? About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog Time management is not about tasks Posted to: Management | Time management September 17th, 2010 Del.icio.us It’s just time.

Does Flexwork Decrease Productivity?

Water Cooler Wisdom

In the interest of productivity, some organizations have a predetermined scheduling policy, requiring that tasks be completed in a particular order. For example, we’ve talked about citizen development a lot on the Fast Track , and low code application development may indeed be one of those situations where a specific, sequential process has been implemented. But in today’s work environment, professionals increasingly have more freedom over their time.

should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? I, in my capacity as HR Rep and also as his co-worker, have raised this with his manager, who agrees that she knows he is a kiss-ass and a pretty inefficient manager.

Progress is the Only Way Forward: Don't Sabotage It

Water Cooler Wisdom

When undergoing process improvement , understanding your process from start to finish is the best way to prevent certain inevitable problems from occurring. Joseph Drasin is the director of University Process Innovation, Division of Information Technology, at the University of Maryland. Their processes were perceived as cumbersome, costly, frustrating, and antithetical to their stated objectives,” said Drasin.

short answer Saturday: job search edition — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: job search edition January 22, 2011 It’s short answer Saturday: six short answers to six short questions. For all you know, they’re near the end of their hiring process.) Get an Ask a Manager mug.

Time Is Life

Learning Voyager

All Things Workplace Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms Developing Leaders Employee Engagement Zingers Endless Knots FEARLESS LEADERSHIP Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources Gautam Ghosh on Organizations 2.0 For me, there is no better opening thought for a Time Management seminar.

How HR Metrics & Big Data Can Transform Your Hiring


Without it, I wouldn’t be attempting and investing the time in our DIY. Uncertainty combined with a fundamental understanding of how HR and recruiting impact an organization are what has driven the recent cover story by Harvard Business Review suggesting we “ blow up HR.”

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10 Tips To Achieve A Perfect Harmony In Your Career And Life

Ms. Career Girl

It gets much harder for women to achieve a balance in their personal and professional life, as it requires managing both these elements by adopting a meticulous approach. Keep track of your time. This way, you will have an idea about how are devoting or losing your time.

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Project Managers Waste Money - and Lots of It!

Water Cooler Wisdom

The Project Management Institute’s 2016 study shows that organizations around the world waste an average of $122 million for every $1 billion spent on projects as a result of poor project management practices. Poor project management practices are costing us big time, says the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2016  Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance  study.

Gen X-ers Will Have the Best Careers of Anyone

Water Cooler Wisdom

While these are sweeping and probably unfair stereotypes, you don't have to look far to find organizations urgently prodding their more senior employees to get with the technological program. Meanwhile, hiring managers and recruiters are pointing to a "soft skills" gap among recent grads and championing emotional intelligence as a job skill. There's more to it than just timing.

10 Ways Employees Can Be More Proactive At Work

Career Realism

The proactive employee would, for example, initiate an offer of help to their co-workers before they are asked to assist by either their colleagues or their manager. Proactivity requires that you be organized. When possible, spend time with them to gain insight from their behaviors.

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Could We Really Make One Day Hiring Work?

Water Cooler Wisdom

  John tends to put forth ideas slightly before they catch on in the mainstream, and that’s why my interest was piqued when he introduced the single-day hiring process. By the time your organization gets it together enough to make an offer, a top candidate has gone somewhere else.  Unemployment rates are dropping rapidly, and no one has the time to sit by the phone for months, waiting for the opportunity to interview with you for the third time.

Why You Need Social Media In Your Job Search

Career Realism

It is time to get with the program and learn what you need to know in order to optimize your job search strategy and create a killer brand for yourself in the process. Spend time on your headline , and make it keyword rich. 5 Time Management Tips When Juggling Work And School.

Tips and Tools for Virtual Collaboration

Ms. Career Girl

Use a Project Management Interface. Keeping everyone organized and on the same page can be tough enough when everyone’s geographically close, and it’s naturally harder when there’s distance involved. There are also project management tasks designed for certain industries.

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in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? Today, I spoke to the person would be my direct manager. Or, do I just wait until the long interview process is over and I’m made an offer. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

6 Steps To Kickstart Your Career As A College Freshman

Career Realism

The career development services office is where you will receive this education and, this is a process that takes as many semesters to complete as your degree. Step 1: Get Organized. Developing a strong, structured time management routine is crucial to being successful in college.

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Grit is overrated; the hardest worker never wins

Penelope Trunk

This is how he developed the tough black rubber we use in tires today by a cooking process now known as vulcanization. Political side note: it’s what you get from being the great melting pot where new ideas smash up against each other all the time.) There is no time.

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Both Work and Life are Better with Shorter, more Focused Work Days


A recent report in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that paid work time is the number one sleep thief in the US. Things are not so dire that we cannot recover dear HR manager. Review the Project and Your Calendar: How big of a time commitment is it?

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How To Look For A Company’s Employer Brand

Career Realism

Since 1997, when Tom Peters first introduced the concept of brand management for individuals, we have known that we should take responsibility for the way we present our individual brands to the world, both in person and online. Discover who the key people in the organization are.

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Too Big to Care?

Learning Voyager

After many months of time management and stress management (definitely "signs o' the times," eh?), Inviting them into your thinking process? The bigger the organization grows, the more differentiated the parts become. Can a company get too big to care?

11 Assets Every Business-Of-One Needs To Survive

Career Realism

That dream has come true several times since graduating college. I went into the entertainment-band business full time after I graduated. I had my own group/business, a manager, a booking agent for three years. time management. organization.

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3 Simple Steps to De-Clutter Your Inbox


The best way for you to stand out in your organization or industry is to exhibit time management skills which showcase an ability to handle crucial assignments and/or a large and steady workload. I hoped to be remembered after speaking with senior management professionals.

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Is Gamification in Recruiting a Real Thing? #HRTechConf


So Marriot created the My Marriot Hotel game that allows players to manage all the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a hotel kitchen, such as inspecting food and hiring new employees.

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