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Leaders Aren’t Great Judges of How Inclusive They Are

Hiring for diversity is one thing. Ensuring that everyone employed is equally welcomed and included is another matter, and the people who are best at it might surprise you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman share their data on inclusiveness—and how many leaders are not so good at it. Ostensibly Included The authors’ data actually comes from one organization, but the business is known for its “excellent track record …

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How to Recruit IT Talent without Having Top-Dollar Perks

Hiring new talent is one of the biggest problems facing IT today. The Google and Amazon tech giants seem to be able to scoop up all the best workers through great salaries, name recognition, and plenty of perks to go around. But in spite of all this, you can get and retain employees through some simple practices that can make all the difference. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin explains how to …

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CIOs Need to Start Applying Logic to Salaries

There are really no steadfast rules when it comes to working out employee salaries—and that can be a problem. In essence, someone new could come along to your team, and determining what to pay them can be greeted with a shoulder shrug and a guesstimate. In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Jim Anderson asks if it is time for CIOs to start applying logic to salaries. Salaries Need to Make Sense Salaried positions …

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There Are No ‘Remote’ Employees Anymore

If current trends are any indication, the “workplace of the future” has just become the living room. Telecommuting is on the rise as more and more individuals each day begin working from home instead of the traditional office. But this change isn’t as bad as it might sound. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan delves into the implications, namely, that there no longer a “remote” employee if everyone is working from home some of …

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Project Managers: A Team Member’s Perspective

It would be an insightful opportunity to see how others view your behavior and evaluate your actions. In a study shared with PM World Journal, Marco Sampietro elaborates on this very idea. The team is a crucial element to executing a project well, and they hold a distinctive perception on how the operations are running. A Worm’s Eye View of Management Acknowledging the pertinence of team members’ contributions is recognized; however, little to no attention …

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IT Can Score with Reverse Mentoring

Reverse mentoring is great for seasoned executives with loads of business know-how and an embarrassingly weak grasp of technology. It’s also a sucker punch of a victory for an IT outfit struggling to gain visibility in those lofty reaches of the organization. Bart Perkins, writing for Computerworld, has some pointers for how to pair the IT savvy with those tech-challenged captains at the helm. Mentors – Don’t Blow it! Mentors, first and foremost, should understand …

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How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

The challenge – get a product to market before the competitor. The solution – create a high-performing project team. As a project manager, the day may come when the profitability of an entire company hinges upon your efforts. Don’t panic! Instead, let’s review the advice of Duncan Haughey writing for ProjectSmart on some simple rules for creating the perfect team. Roles & Goals What is a high-performing team if not one that values honesty, openness, …

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Should You Get Rid of IT Staff Performance Reviews?

The five-point grading scale that CIOs use to assess employees may be seeing its final days. This is the conclusion reached by John Brandon of Computerworld after the multinational consulting firm Accenture announced it would be scrapping the annual performance review as of September, 2015. Accenture will join Microsoft and Deloitte in replacing performance reviews with regular after-project evaluations. Five-Point Backfire Bosses working in “ivory towers” who may know nothing of a manager or team’s …

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Revisiting Classic Strategies for Facing IT Hiring Challenges

From the depths of the recession in 2009, to the gradual improvements spanning the 2011 – 2013 period, to the substantial employment gains of 2014/2015, the scales of IT hiring have once again shifted. And as Randy Gross for Fierce CIO argues, it’s now a ‘seller’s’ job market in which employers could stand to remember a few old hiring tips. Geography Consider telecommuting and think in terms of location. Is the Maryland metropolitan area going …

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Hiring Project Managers: 4 Tips for the Perfect Interview

A dreaded formal application process is sometimes necessary for sourcing the appropriate PM talent. If this is the case, how can you pinpoint the perfect candidate? An article by Kevin Korterud on Project Management.com sorts out the mess to leave you with just four essential tips for getting the most out of your PM interview. Interviewing Mainstays Prepare. Place is important. Question wisely. End on a positive note. Prepare for interviews! That stack of résumés …

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