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The Power of Your Career Vision

“Uwe, what is your career vision?” was Steve’s first question during my job interview many years ago. As a German I was not really prepared for this kind of question. In the German language the word for career is “Karriere”, which is reserved for someone with outstanding professional accomplishments like Franz Beckenbauer, Robert Bosch or […]

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Being a Mentor – How Not to Disserve Your Mentee

When you agree to mentor another person, you offer to help someone in his/her development in the organisation. By mentoring, you have no agenda of your own and thus you are able to create a safe arena within which to develop a trusting relationship. Mentoring is not always easy and as natural as we expect. […]

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Management by Walking About

Annual culture surveys are not good enough to connect managers and their staff. They are too formal and deliver only lagging information in a very stringent way. They cannot measure the daily pulse of the organisation. Other ways are needed to help sensing the heartbeat of the firm. Try Management by Walking About.

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Why Competency Framework? Isn’t SOP enough?

Competency Profiling Spending some days in Nanjing, the former capital of China, is enjoyable. People are nice, work is fun, food is outstanding and my hotel is awesome. Nowadays, the service in most hotels in China is world class. Monday morning I make my way to the restaurant, expecting my usual sumptuous breakfast. I am […]

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Navigating Your Career Aspirations

“I would like everyone in our organisation to have his personal career plan in his hands shortly after joining us” was the message we received from Jason, the leader of a social sector organisation. As he explained, it was not easy to attract people to join his team of around 600. The lack of attraction […]

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Nuts and Bolts of Solutioning

Each improvement project undergoes two general phases, As-Is and Should-Be. Analysing is about understanding the problem, identifying and confirming the root causes. Solutioning requires to turn the newly gained knowledge into impactful solutions that have a good chance to get implemented. Some hints for Solutioning:

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Finding The Right Star

Identifying knowledge and skill set of a candidate is rather easy. Finding the right mind-set is a more difficult task. Using a set of value and competency-based interview questions enables managers to spot the STAR, the person who does not only bring the required aptitude but also “fits” in the organisation.

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Job Redesign

Job redesign is about redesigning the tasks in a job so that it fits staff and business needs. For instance, tasks that can be done in isolation can be assigned to a telecommuter, duplicate tasks may be eliminated. One full-time job may become appropriate for two part-timers. Two employees may split a job, etc.

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Seven Habits … – Habit 3: Drive Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement does not start with massive Lean Six Sigma or Innovation initiatives. Continuous improvement needs to be part of the DNA of an organisation if you want to make your aforementioned initiative a success and lasting. Here are some simple tips for incorporating the habit of continuous improvement.

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Managing Volunteers

Olympic Games are unthinkable without the invaluable support of thousands of volunteers. For most organising committees, this fact alone posts a major challenge in preparing and running the games since they often do not have experience in managing an army of unpaid workers. The always available IOC ‘cook book’ is not more than a good […]

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