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How To Effectively Use HR – Chapter 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Why should I get to know HR?
  • When should I involve HR?
  • Will HR let me use the Management Trinity?

The first part of our guidance on working with HR.

Mark used to say he hated HR. Now he says, he hates bad HR. Many companies are too small to have HR. Managers in companies which are big enough to have an HR department, sometimes wish they didn't. When you want help, they won't give it, and when you don't want help, they want to tell you about a bunch of rules that make your life harder.

HR does have an important role to play in organizations - a company doesn't get very big before someone decides someone needs to handle all that "HR stuff". How do you work with them effectively?


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How To Deal With Bad Interviews: Chapter 4 - Stony-Faced Interviewers

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when an interview goes wrong?
  • How can I be successful in an interview with a bad interviewer?
  • How do I answer questions in a bad interview?

This is the fourth part of our guidance on how to deal with bad interviewers: those who are stony-faced.

We've addressed interviewers that do too much and try to take over your interview, or who are too in your face with their comments. But what about those that are too little? Those that don't say enough or don't respond to your answers? Those that who give you no visual cues about whether they like you and you're doing a good job? We're going to address those in this cast.


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90 Day New Job Plan - Bosses

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to know about my boss to work well with him?
  • How do I get information about my boss's preferences?
  • How do I understand my boss?

Our guidance on the information you need to gather on your bosses.

Some time ago we released our 90 day new job plan. In it we promised to give more detail about the tasks that you need to do in order to be effective in your first 3 months. In this podcast we are going to cover the information you need to gather in order to begin working well with your new boss.


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Google Job Search Tips Chapter 3

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I use Google to find a job?
  • What search terms should I use?
  • How do I find people to help me in my job search with Google?

Chapter 3 of our series on how to find people to network with using Google.

In our previous cast of Google job search tips, we demonstrated the opportunities you could find to expand your network searching for just your town and the word business. We found a multitude of opportunities for you to meet other professionals just using that simple search.

In this cast, we're going to give you two more searches to complete to find people, events and links you can use to aid your job search.

The link Mark mentions in the cast is: http://career.uncc.edu/ucc-information/find-information/career-links-int...


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How To Handle Conflict With A High I

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I reduce conflict with a High I?
  • What does a High I want from conflict?

Our guidance on how to deal with conflict with a High I.

Conflict is a subject we get asked about relatively often. As Mark's Dad says, the definition of conflict is two human beings in the same county. With 5, 10, 100, 1000 human beings in an organization, there's bound to be some conflict. Each of the DiSC styles handles conflict differently. You'll be more effective if you understand the conflict from the other person's point of view - you might even get to the holy grail of a win win situation.


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90 Day New Job Plan - Relationships

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I make friends with my new colleagues?
  • How do I start a conversation with new colleagues?
  • How do I find out who I need to meet in my new job?

Our guidance on the information you need to develop relationships.

Some time ago we released our 90 day new job plan. In it we promised to give more detail about the tasks that you need to do in order to be effective in your first 3 months. In this podcast we are going to cover the information you need to gather in order to make sure that you have a basis for a relationship with the people you meet.


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How To Deal With Bad Interviews: Chapter 3 - Interviewers Who Talk Too Much

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when an interview goes wrong?
  • How can I be successful in an interview with a bad interviewer?
  • How do I answer questions in a bad interview?

This is the third part of our guidance on how to deal with bad interviewers: those that talk too much.

We started this series by addressing what to do when you don't get a chance to tell the interviewer about your experience because they don't ask the right questions. But what if the problem is not the questions, but that the interviewer doesn't let you get a word in edgeways. In this cast, we're going to address what to do when the interviewer is taking too much of the interview and not giving you a chance.


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Google Job Search Tips Chapter 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I use Google to find a job?
  • What search terms should I use?
  • How do I find people to help me in my job search with Google?

Chapter 2 of our series on how to find people to network with using Google.

In our previous cast of Google job search tips, we demonstrated the opportunities you could find to expand your network searching for just your town and the word business. We found a multitude of opportunities for you to meet other professionals just using that simple search.

The people at the events we found were likely to be in a range of specialisms. What if you want to meet people who carry out similar work to you? They're may know about the kind of opportunities you're interested in. Again, it's a simple Google search away.


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How To Handle Conflict With A High D

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I reduce conflict with a High D?
  • What does a High D want from conflict?

Our guidance on how to deal with conflict with a High D.

Conflict is a subject we get asked about relatively often. As Mark's Dad says, the definition of conflict is two human beings in the same county. With 5, 10, 100, 1000 human beings in an organization, there's bound to be some conflict. Each of the DiSC styles handles conflict differently. You'll be more effective if you understand the conflict from the other person's point of view - you might even get to the holy grail of a win win situation.


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90 Day New Job Plan - The Overview

Our guidance on how to create a 90 day new job plan.

'What will you do in your first 90 days' is a common interview question - especially at mid and more senior levels. Whilst we can console ourselves that the Manager Tools guidance 'fit in, fit in, fit in' is right, interviewers tend to want to hear about action. Many of you want to take action too. So, okay, we give in. In this cast, we're going to give you an overview of the areas you can take action in. In follow up casts over time, we'll fill in the detail.


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