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Asking Your Network For An Opportunity

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I ask people I know for a job?
  • What do I say when I want people to refer me to a job?
  • What do I say when I contact people I know about a job?

This cast helps you word your request to your network for help with looking for a new opportunity.

Recently we were asked how a member should let his network know that he was looking for a new position. In his case, the company he worked for was about to announce a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and so would cease to exist in the near future. Some of you will be in similar situations where it's easy to be candid. Others will need to keep your search confidential. In either case, we're going to tell you what to do and what to say.


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My Boss Is Angry

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do immediately when my boss is angry?
  • What should I do in the short term when my boss is angry?
  • Who should I discuss this situation with?

This cast helps you deal with the moment when your boss is angry with you.

We've often said that it's perfectly acceptable to bring our human emotions to work. It must be, because we all do. We all have moments when we're angry, annoyed, proud, amused, and even elated. Not only do we have all these emotions, our bosses do too. And sometimes, our bosses let their emotions get the better of them and they let us know that right now, something we did ticked them off and 'made them mad'. (If you've been listening a long time, you'll know we don't believe that other people can 'make' you anything, but since that's common language, it's what we'll use here).

So, in the moment, when your boss is shouting in person or down the phone, what do you do? Or maybe your boss isn't a shouter - he's doing the quiet, steely-eyed thing, but you know he's angry? This cast will help you deal with that situation.


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New Job - Week One - Take Notes

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do in the first week of a new job?
  • Why do I have to take notes?
  • What do I need to take notes on?

This cast tells you what to take notes on in your first week in a new job.

We're often asked what actions we recommend members take in the first week/month/3 months of a new job. It's a massive subject and we've not even scratched the surface of what you need to do. However, in this cast, we're going to cover one of the very basic instructions: take notes.


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Distant Manager Basics - For Directs - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I get ahead when working remotely?
  • How often should I contact my manager?
  • How do I work with my manager remotely?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to effectively work with your manager when he or she is geographically distant from you.


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Distant Manager Basics - For Directs - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I get ahead when working remotely?
  • How often should I contact my manager?
  • How do I work with my manager remotely?

This cast gives our guidance on how to effectively work with your manager when he or she is geographically distant from you.

We have a cast on Manager Tools which is designed to give managers who work with geographically dispersed teams some simple things to do to make achieving results more likely. In this cast, we want to give directs a few simple things to do from their side to assist their manager and themselves in achieving results.

You can look at this issue from two sides. For your boss, taking the actions described in this cast will give him confidence that you are a productive member of the team even though you're not co-located. For you, it means that out of sight IS NOT out of mind. Your chances of recognition, payraises and promotions go down when you're not co-located with your boss. These simple steps go some way to mitigating that fact.


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Giving Updates In Staff Meetings - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I prepare for staff meetings?
  • What do I need to report in staff meetings?
  • What order to I need to report in a staff meetings?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to give an update in a staff meeting.


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Giving Updates In Staff Meetings - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I prepare for staff meetings?
  • What do I need to report in staff meetings?
  • What order to I need to report in a staff meetings?

This cast gives our guidance on how to give an update in a staff meeting.

Over on Manager Tools, we recommend every manager have a weekly staff meeting. They are a key part of socializing a team. In these meetings, each direct gets ten minutes to brief the rest of the team on what they have going on.

What if you're the direct though? What are you supposed to say and how? Speaking in meetings is a key part of demonstrating your strengths, which in turn leads to promotions. It's important to get it right. So, what's right?


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Getting Fired - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do first when I'm fired?
  • What do I need to prepared if I might be fired?
  • How do I tell people I've been fired?

This cast concludes our guidance on what to do when you're about to be or have been fired.


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Getting Fired - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do first when I'm fired?
  • What do I need to prepared if I might be fired?
  • How do I tell people I've been fired?

This cast gives our guidance on what to do when you're about to be or have been fired.

Mark often compares being fired to the scene in a film which references the Winston Churchill quote: There is nothing so exhilarating as being shot at without result. When you've never been fired, you imagine it as being the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen.

Once it's happened to you though, you know it's not so bad. No-one is gone, your family still love you and you still have skills. It also not impossible to get another job after you've been fired. All the best people have been fired at least once.

Of course, there are better and worse ways to behave when you're in this situation. Help yourself by following the guidance in this cast.


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How To Be Ready For A Hiring Market Upturn - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to do to be ready?
  • Why do I need to practice interview answers now?
  • Who do I need to contact?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to prepare for the coming hiring market upturn.


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