December – and London! – Conference Open

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for our Effective Manager and Effective Communications Conferences in Washington, DC on December 4-5.  Attend our Effective Manager Conference on day one or our Effective Communications Conference on day two.  Discount offered when you attend both days! We also have some seats available for our upcoming […]

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Are Resumes Going Away?

Recently, I read an article in CNN about the good old paper resume becoming obsolete and basically being replaced by media presentations and social networking sites. It talked about a hiring manager in NY who asked two potential hires to make a video about themselves and answer two basic job related questions… I found it […]

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Stupid Advice We Read

Mark and I keep talking about starting a column called ‘Stupid Advice We Read’. It came up yet again, when I read in an article in Businessweek: “Once a resume is created, job seekers can submit hundereds of applications online with zero or minimal extra cost. The problem is that companies have responded with crude […]

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Making Stopping Easier

A quote from an article in Inc stood out for me as being a metaphor for much more than the closure of a product line, which was the subject. Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 Signals writes about closing Sortfolio: “Sortfolio may be profitable, but it’s far less profitable than our other products. As a result, […]

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In-flight Entertainment

How much does inflight entertainment weigh? The Singapore airline Scoot says that removing the IFE systems from their 777’s reduced the weight by 7%! When you consider that the requirement for fuel on an aircraft is made up of both distance and weight, a 7% saving is huge. The article I read this in, in […]

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Hiring

Manager Tools believes that the hiring is the most important activity that a manager does. Two articles I read this week provided an example of how not to do it and then how to. The first article is about the CEO’s of enterprise software companies is from Businessweek. In talking about some new HT software […]

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Auckland Meetup – 13 August

Mark will be in Auckland on the evening of 13 August, so we’ve arranged an informal meetup. We’ve reserved space in the Housebar at Debretts, 2 High St, Auckland, New Zealand from 7pm. Mark’s coming in from the South Island and will probably arrive around 8, but please feel free to get to know each […]

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Get Help

In an article about X Prize founder, Peter Diamandis, Wired quotes him on the entrants to the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge. He says: “Out of more than 350 entrants, seven teams doubled the clean up rate. The winner quadrupled it. The fascinating thing is that one team that doubled the rate was bunch […]

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