The Productive Professional
What you're about to read is the single biggest change I've made to resume recommendations since I started looking at them 18 years ago.
Even if you think your resume is perfect... think again. Even if I've TOLD you your resume is perfect... think again.
Because it doesn't matter how good it looks when you finish it, or when a friend or professional looks at it.
One of our members posted that Marshall Goldsmith, a truly outstanding executive coach, as famous to many as Tom Peters, has decided to release his archives for free to everyone. Here's the post:
Now here is an inspiring thing regarding intellectual property.
Marshall Goldsmith, one of the top 10 management consultants, has decided to give away his work for free. And, this from a guy who doesn't get paid for 18 months when he signs up to be your coach.
"In my older years, I have decided to "give away as much as I can".
I mentioned Perri Cappell of WSJ the other day as a great resource. Anne Fisher is another columnist I consider exceptionally good, and frankly, my favorite. She writes a weekly career advice column, Ask Annie, on CNN/Money, that is always trenchant.
I encourage you to take a look at her past columns. Then subscribe.
One of our members owns a public relations firm and believes that the Manager Tools story is too important not to tell to the major business press: Fortune, Fast Company, etc. Part of that effort will be to interview several members about what you think of our work and how it has helped you.
If you're willing to be interviewed - and this ABSOLUTELY includes international members - please send Mark an email saying so at mark_AT_manager-tools.com. (Sorry I can't make this a mailto link - the bots crawl our site constantly, and I don't want to invite more spam than I already get. - H)
Manager Tools has won an award from The Podcast Awards for driving the most traffic to their site through the use of their banner ad. (That was the graphic at the top left of our page).
The simple note we received from the CEO of the awards, Todd Cochrane, said:
Your site drove the most traffic to the Podcast Awards Website during the nomination process through banner clicks from your website please forward me a 120x120 graphic of your show for placement on the website.
Horstman's Fourth Laws is, "Control is an Illusion." I wrote it one day after I had been asked to describe the difference between management and leadership (for the hundredth time). Every resource I read said or implied that management was about "control".
If you think your managerial role is to control your team, you're sadly mistaken.
You don't control your team... unless you're comfortable admitting that your boss controls you.
The article I mentioned earlier today at CareerJournal was written by Perri Cappell. Perri recently retired from WSJ, which is too bad, because she has been, for several years, one of the best writers you can read about careers, interviewing, and the like.
Many of her articles are still on the site - because they are so good they don't go out of style. I encourage you to go there and look at the body of her work.
I recently "promoted" to the main blog a question about interviewing attire.
We promised everyone an update on our efforts regarding Intellectual Property... we just didn't think it would be this fast or this ... disheartening.
Thursday night, I got a private message from Ron Bieber letting us know that Podshow was hosting our REGISTERED MEMBERS feed on their site. Thanks, Ron. Mike and I owe you one.
Needless to say, Mike and I are disappointed in and angry with Podshow. In much the same vein that Manager Tools focuses on behavior, we're not going to ask what Adam Curry or his staff's "intent" was. The fact is, their behavior is unacceptable.
I have received a couple of emails recently about the picture I use as an "avatar" on the Discussion Forums. One was rooted in golf, and one seemed to have a tone of "is this really professional?"
So, for the record:
I decided to use an avatar because I am on the Discussion Forums a great deal, and the visual cues me to my posts INSTANTLY. I decided to have one when I saw someone else's, and noted immediately that I knew who it was.