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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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How To Be Ready For A Hiring Market Upturn - Part 1

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 gives our guidance on how to prepare for the coming hiring market upturn.

As we record this cast in early 2011, the signs of hiring recovering from the recession are still interspersed with more negative indicators. However, whether it's in the next few months or before the end of the year, the recovery will come. The world economies have always and will always cycle through growth and recession, and we need to be as prepared for an upturn as we are for a downturn.

It's not only growth which fuels empty vacancies. As the labor force begins to feel more secure, the quit rate goes up and the liquidity of the labor market increases. That's what we're seeing right now, ahead of the upturn. Whatever the current situation when you hear this cast, you need to be prepared.

Let's not all make the same old, "rushing around getting my resume ready when I get a call mistake" TODAY ... because now things happen faster, and you've got social media to worry about.


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Attending A Team-Building Event

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do before I attend a team building event?
  • What do I need to do during a team building event?
  • What do I do after a team building event to make it effective?

This cast gives our guidance on what to do when you have to attend a team building event.

On the Manager Tools casts, we've told managers that we don't believe that 'team-building' events are effective. One day of playing games or drinking together doesn't help the team bond. Working towards a common goal, being honest and appreciative with each other and delivering together does.

However, we know that not every manager is a Manager Tools manager. Many of the individual contributors listening will have to attend team-building events. Some of us will be forced to go paintballing or share 'trust falls'. Whatever the event chosen, some of us will love it and some hate it. How can we best deal with it?


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Write A Job Advertisement - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to include in a job advertisement?
  • How do I make a job advertisement appealing?
  • How do I stop inappropriate applicants for my open role?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to write a job advertisement.


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