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Reading Time: 5 minutes I recently received a letter from a well-known subscription radio service for my car. The letter offers me a seriously discounted rate to renew my lapsed subscription. I won’t be renewing. Why not? The product performs exceptionally well, and the discount is significant. It’s not about the product itself. It’s about the sludge.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A few months ago, I found myself in an odd situation. I was about 45 feet below the surface in the waters off Montego Bay, Jamaica. And I needed a calculator. That sent me done a rabbit hole where I didn’t invent the underwater calculator, but learned a key lesson about innovation.
Reading Time: 4 minutes I just finished reading a book about reading. It made me think. It made me change some of my own behaviors. It made me want
Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve always felt the biggest challenge in strategic planning isn’t coming up with an excellent strategy. The real challenge is bridging the gap between strategy and execution. The GOSPA planning framework solves that problem.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The interviews are over. Now you have to decide. Who do you hire? Do you hire anyone? How do you combine the feedback of the many people who took part in the process? How do you compare the performance of the candidates across all the dimensions you are considering and identify the best hire? Over the years, I’ve developed a simple and flexible framework that lets me identify the distinctions between the candidates that make a difference and focuses discussion where it needs to be to build consensus.
Reading Time: 9 minutes “Tell me about a time….” You know those questions. They are the signature of the behavioral interview, which is a key component of most job interviews. But is the behavioral interview the best approach? Many years ago, I read a passage in a book that changed the way I hired developers and has profoundly influenced how I interview today. In this article, part of a series on interviewing knowledge workers, I share that insight and give some guidance on how to apply the technique in the 21st century.
Reading Time: 9 minutes You have a great job description that articulates both the functional and non-functional requirements for the job you are filling. You’ve narrowed down the 250 resumes to the half-dozen you want to interview. Now you have a candidate in front of you and you get to ask questions to determine if this is the one person you want to hire. What questions should you ask? A Google search will give you many “good” questions to ask in any interview. And yes, those are good questions. But are they the right questions for your job? No. Unfortunately, getting to those questions takes some work. Fortunately, you have that amazing job description to work from. In this article, I give you some tools to make it easier
Reading Time: 11 minutes Resumes. You’ll see a lot of them when hiring. You’ll see good ones. You’ll see bad ones. I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve looked at over the years. In this article, the second in a series, I tell you how I approach resumes and what I look for to separate the wheat from the chaff.