Get A Job At Google

In a brief strip in April’s Fast Company, there a list of things and the chances of them happening. Getting a job at Google comes in at 0.005%, with getting a product accepted by Walmart (2%), getting a start up accepted at Y Combinator (3%) and getting in to Stanford Graduate School of Business (7%) […]

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Lateness

The Manager Tools rule on lateness is you can start work whatever time you like, but you better not be late for meetings. So being late for work here isn’t an issue. When I worked in a more conventional office though, punctuality was required. I was surprised therefore by some statistics in May’s Inc magazine: […]

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Security

In an article in Businessweek, Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security gives an explanation of how to quickly get through the security checkpoints in an airport. His secrets include having your liquids and electronics accesible for easy removal and replacement. He also recommends having your change etc in your jacket pockets rather than your […]

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Water

We received a question last week asking if it was appropriate to take a bottle of water into an interview. The answer is no. Years ago people didn’t carry water bottles. We know it’s healthy and more water is better, but you really can go a few hours without water. Most interviewers will offer you […]

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More Data

I’m watching Midsomer Murders. John Nettle’s voice reminds me of home. (For those of you who don’t know, Midsomer Murders is a british tv detective/mystery program). Like all well designed murder mysteries, my first guess as to the perpetrator is never right. Nor is Chief Inspector Barnaby’s – and you’d think he’d be better at […]

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Best Practice

We’re thrilled that One on Ones have been recognized by canadian business network, profitguide.com as the number one best business practice in their recent list. We always knew it to be true, but it’s great to have it validated by an outside source. More importantly, it allows us to reach even more managers, and improve […]

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Career Tools Offer Ends February 29th

Don’t forget: for our Career Tools Individual License annual renewal we’re offering the Interviewing Series – a $150 value – for free for those of you who renew, upgrade or buy for the first time. Just go to: http://www.manager-tools.com/amember/member.php We’ve had great feedback on the new video addition to the series – as well as […]

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Thank You Cards

In a short piece in Bloomberg Businessweek, Douglas Conant, former President and CEO of Campbell Soups gives his thoughts on writing thank you notes. He’s a big fan, apparently, having sent 20,000 in his 18 year tenure. The most interesting part for me, was that he says he kept his notes short – 50 – […]

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Reach Out

At a conference recently I talked to someone who is looking for his next career step. When I asked who he’d talked to, he told me he was looking to find the right people to talk to in other departments. There’s definitely value in finding the right person – we’d all love to find the […]

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False Extrapolation

There’s (yet another) article in the Wall Street Journal today about resumes going away. The article gives examples of companies who are using social media presence or on-line questionnaires to get expressions of interest from candidates and to assess their skills before interviews. The problem with this is that’s there’s two or three examples which […]

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