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Leaders are not Namby-pamby

If there is one management insight I have learnt in my career of 30 years in several organisations, it is that most managers shy away from hard decisions regarding the weak links in the organisation. In this regard, I directly reproduce Colin Powell’s words – ‘Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which …

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ORGANISATION AND JOB PROFILING FOR INTERVIEWS

ORGANISATIONAL  AND JOB PROFILING   1. General Work Environment   An Example Pressure of Work Structured but somewhat relaxed setting where there is reasonable time to contemplate decisions. Homework necessary with reasonable intermixing of business and personal time. Volume of Work Deadlines Homework 2. Type of Work Accuracy Work requiring strong mathematical, statistical and computation …

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TYPICAL ERRORS IN INTERVIEWS

  Similarity Error Many interviewers are predisposed to react positively to candidates who are similar to themselves ( in outside interests, personal backgrounds, appearance) and react negatively to candidates very different from themselves   Contrast Error Candidates should be compared to the standards that the organisation has established for the position, not to each other …

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS

Introduction 1. Interviews are particularly useful for getting the story behind a participant’s experiences. The interviewer can pursue in-depth information around a topic. Interviews may be useful as follow-up to certain respondents to questionnaires, e.g., to further investigate their responses. Usually open-ended questions are asked during interviews. 2. Before you start to design your interview …

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Use these Trendwatch tools for finding Innovative solutions

  Trends have now become a prime tool for innovation through exploiting chaos. Here are two extremely powerful tools that anyone can use to make business sense from trends – Trend-bulletins and trenDNA cards. Both these tools are based on the trend-watching activity. Trendwatch is a systematic activity by trained spotter to scan the globe …

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