Office 2010: Productivity, Productivity, Productivity

If Steve Ballmer had been presenting Office 2010 today, he might have riffed on his old “developers, developers, developers” line with a quip about “productivity, productivity, productivity.” That’s the focus of the new version of Microsoft’s flagship suite of office tools, which is now available to business customers worldwide — and which Microsoft is hoping […]

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More on LinkedIn

Having got everyone using LinkedIn with this series of podcasts http://www.manager-tools.com/2010/04/linkedin-managers-part-1 and http://www.manager-tools.com/2010/04/getting-started-with-linkedin-part-…, here’s another tip for using it. You can now follow companies. In the search box at the top right hand corner, click the dropdown to companies, and enter the name of the company you’re interested in working for. For some companies you’ll […]

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Technical Resumes And Business Accomplishments

Many technical resumes focus on the systems and processes used in particular roles. IT professionals often list the program and version number of both systems in a migration for example. When we review resumes, we often tell the technical professionals to remove those details. (I imagine them reading those sentences with a look of horror […]

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Tips for Managing Remote Workers

Since my post last week talked about how to manage your boss while working remotely, I thought that it was only fair to provide managers with some tips for managing those employees in other locations — something that I’m about to start doing again. In past jobs, I managed quite a few people who worked […]

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"Until the different started to feel normal"

An article in Fast Company, adapted from Dan and Chip Heath’s book, Switch, quotes Jerry Sternin: “Knowledge does not change behavior. We all have encountered crazy shrinks and obese doctors and divorced marriage counselors”. The article continues, talking about mothers of malnourished children: “They’d have to act differently until the different started to feel normal”. […]

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Leadership

I recently read a piece in Success Magazine which quoted Pat William’s book American Scandal in which he discusses Eisenhower’s actions prior to D-Day. He says: “A leader can give up everything but final responsibility. In the hours prior to the attack, as rain splattered on the windows outside, Eisenhower sat down at a small […]

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Don’t Burn Bridges

A recently released Careerbuilder survey found 57% of surveyed workers who had found work again after being laid off had gone back to former employers. The lesson from this finding is that despite our feelings of distress at involuntary separation, not keeping our cool and or showing grace under pressure may be something we regret. […]

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