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Your Directs' Resumes

This guidance describes when we recommend a manager consider their directs’ resumes.

This cast was originally about talking to a direct about their resume when their job was in danger. But in talking to managers, we realized that many managers had no idea there were OTHER times when they should have been looking at their directs’ resumes. Or, at least, encouraging their directs to do it themselves.

So, here are the 6 most obvious times you have to be thinking about your directs’ resumes.


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How To Do Succession Planning Chapter 3 – The Simple Form

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I do succession planning?
  • How do I document succession planning?
  • How do I I tell my directs who is in my succession plan?

How to create a dead-simple Succession Planning Form.

If you want to be good at succession planning, it’s an ongoing process. In our first cast in this series, we told you to get started, just think about who’s ready now, and who’s ready next, and if nothing else, write them down on a napkin. Here’s a really good napkin that will impress your boss.


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One on Ones While Traveling - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Do I still do One on Ones when I'm traveling?
  • How do I fit One on Ones in when I'm traveling?
  • What kind of places can I use for One on Ones?

This guidance completes our recommendations on how to do One on Ones while you are traveling.

Many managers tell us they can’t do One on Ones because they travel too much. Mark laughs at this, having missed maybe 2-3 O3s in 20 years while logging millions of seat miles in the air. Here’s how to do it right.


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Effective Documentation - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • When should I document my direct's performance?
  • How should I document my direct's performance?
  • What documents do I need to sign for performance monitoring?

Part 2 of our guidance on how to document the performance of your directs and your communications with them.

How can managers effectively document their directs’ performances? There’s enough emotion around it that it seems hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how.


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Effective Documentation - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • When should I document my direct's performance?
  • How should I document my direct's performance?
  • What documents do I need to sign for performance monitoring?

Our guidance for how to document the performance of your directs and your communications with them.

How can managers effectively document their directs’ performances? There’s enough emotion around it that it seems hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how.


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How To Handle Meeting Killers – Chapter 6 Multitasking

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I handle people who derail my meetings?
  • How do I handle people who don't concentrate in my meetings?
  • Can I ban laptops in meetings?

This guidance recommends how to address behaviors in meetings that reduce meeting effectiveness, based on a popular 2012 Wall Street Journal article. This Chapter deals with handling a multi-tasker and also reviews the Journal’s general meeting guidance.


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Calendar Management Details Chapter 1 – Shorten Free Time

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How can I use my calendar to be more productive?
  • Free time on my calendar is good right?
  • What should I fill my free time with?

How to improve your effectiveness by eliminating long open periods from of your calendar.

Many managers we know (ourselves included) LIKE having longer unscheduled blocks of time on their calendars. This is antithetical to effectiveness. Let’s manage our calendars differently.


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One on Ones While Traveling - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Do I still do One on Ones when I'm traveling?
  • How do I fit One on Ones in when I'm traveling?
  • What kind of places can I use for One on Ones?

This guidance recommends how to do One on Ones while you are traveling.

Many managers tell us they can’t do One on Ones because they travel too much. Mark laughs at this, having missed maybe 2-3 O3s in 20 years while logging millions of seat miles in the air. Here’s how to do it right.


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Inheriting A Poor Performer - Part 2

This guidance discusses how to manage those directs whom you didn’t hire and who have a history of poor performance.

When we tell managers that the ultimate tool is raising the bar when it comes to hiring, many, many complain that they’ve never gotten to do that. They then quickly say that they have a direct who has been a poor performer for years. What do they do about HIM? What’s funny about the answer is that no matter the outcome, you’ll appear to be the hero.


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Inheriting A Poor Performer - Part 1

This guidance discusses how to manage those directs whom you didn’t hire and who have a history of poor performance.

When we tell managers that the ultimate tool is raising the bar when it comes to hiring, many, many complain that they’ve never gotten to do that. They then quickly say that they have a direct who has been a poor performer for years. What do they do about HIM? What’s funny about the answer is that no matter the outcome, you’ll appear to be the hero.


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