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Disaster Preparedness, Teamability® Style

It's so nice to have a team to remind you of what's really important!
As the southeastern United States prepare for hurricane season, we are lucky enough to have these important tips from Carolyn DeWitt, a partner in Coherent Counsel, LLC, who advises CEOs on disaster planning, among other services. 
1. The loss of power is what really fouls things up the most. If you have multiple devices, charge them all so you can extend your personal 'connection life' by transitioning from one to the other as they lose power.
2. Set up a communication list on email and text for all the people who will need to know what's going on. That starts with your team but it also includes key contacts, vendors, customers, and if you are planning any events, attendees.
3. You will have a point where you need to make a go/no-go decision, for instance on a meeting or conference. You can send a text to tell people to check their email for your more detailed…
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The Job Description, Disrupted

I’m so tired of reading job descriptions. And the truth is, I hardly ever read them. In fact, I read even fewer of them than I read resumes, and if you read my blog, you know I don’t read many of those. But I do read people, and what I read is that the above-average person (which you are, since you are reading this) not only dislikes writing their resume, but reading their own job description. And, as you might guess, the reason is the same. No one is generic. No one wants to be treated as if they are generic. And people who are charged with the responsibility to write job descriptions almost never want to hire, manage, or mentor a generic person. If job descriptions were almost anything else, they would have been disrupted a long time ago. And I’m not talking about generating them automatically, or putting them on a server, or changing the font on the bullet points. Here’s what I’d like to see:
A job title that really reflects the way in which this position fits into the organizati…

The Four Words You Need

I hope you neither misread nor misinterpreted the title here. One, this post is more than four words, and two, if you think it’s about four-letter words, this is probably the wrong blog for you. I’m talking about words you need to know. Not the ‘nice to know’ ones like adventitious and prolific, or the entirely optional ones like dactylomegaly and naiad. And not the ones that are useful to know, which pretty much covers the rest of any language. I mean the ones you need to keep on the tip of your tongue, whether you’re dealing with a personal relationships or strictly business. Not because they help you win or anything like that, but because they are just so darn useful when all you want to do is get past roadblocks. There are plenty of roadblocks in life, and sometimes words are what keep them stuck in place, impeding progress by getting in everyone’s way. Those are the words that cause confusion about how to work together. Consider, for instance, the ultimate conversation-stopper, …

Teamability: The ability to be a great team player.

Everyone wants great team players. What can you do to be a better one? Try answering these questions and you’ll generate your own personalized tips: Think back over all your job experiences – both paid and volunteer work. What really made you feel good? Make a list. Can you find some similarities? There’s an excellent chance that you’ll team best when doing the same types of tasks, with similar responsibilities, in comparable work environments.  Maybe you can swap some of your favorites with a co-worker!You don’t have to be a manager to help your teammates. Does someone need a hand with something that you can offer? Go for it! You’ll have fun doing it, and they’ll be grateful that they have you on the team.There’s really no better gift than honest, caring, respectful feedback. Is there someone you trust to give you some?  If so, go ahead and ask. In fact, your first question should be for feedback on how you team!You probably have a good sense of how you make your best contributions t…

Is Your Big Data Big Enough?

Big Data. Everyone wants it. It sounds cool, just like big job, big promotion, and big profits. But what’s Big Data in the world of people?

For most talent management pros, big data is about piling together all the infobits from resumes, interviews, tests, assessments, biohistory, credit (where permitted by law), security clearances, etc, etc, etc. Or what your third grade teacher used to refer to, solemnly, as “your permanent record.” (That covers a lot of bandwidth.) Then you mix it all together, put on your hardhat with the flashlight in front, and go datamining. That’s supposed to help you make sense of the Big Data by finding the common threads that lead to success, however you’ve defined that.

When your data doesn’t give you strongly reliable information, most data people just go back to the source of all data (people and their digital footprints) and add some more into the pile, mix well again, and re-mine. Sometimes that works. Not always.

For the intrepid dataminer, the alte…

The Usual Trustpects

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” says Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974, Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.) Debating over who said it first – Sun Tzu? Niccolò Machiavelli? Petrarch? – may make for lively cocktail party chit-chat. But, the question of who can – and can’t – be trusted goes straight to the heart of everything you do. Nothing happens alone; doing business means doing business with others. So how do you know who can be trusted? You can’t, at least not all of the time, but you can improve your odds. First, do you know what your default is? It might seem strange but some of us automatically trust people until they prove us wrong, and some of us need more time to trust. The more cautious among us may have spent way too much time with untrustworthy people because, the fact is, as a society, we know more about how to destroy trust than we know how to build it. Most of us start out life by trusting others, so we grow up and expect to be truste…

Are You Clueful? Do You Care?

@DrJanice: If you care, you clue in. You become clueful. And global cluefulness increases. 

I’ve taken to using the word ‘cluefulness’ and all its glorious variants because I’m tired of hearing people bandy about phrases like ‘he hasn’t got a clue’ and ‘she’s the most clueless person I ever had on my staff.’ Listen up: that language misses the point, and here’s why.

First of all, people who don’t have a clue don’t realize what they are missing. Duh. (Why would they have a clue about themselves if they don’t have a clue about others?)

Second, I realized that it doesn’t matter if you have a clue or not. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you really didn’t have a clue? (For me, the first video game after Pong left me in the cold. Blasting Space Invaders and chompingpower pills just wasn’t an attraction.) What matters is whether or not you care!

In the case of video games, I was clueless but I still had to care. Between my two kids, the television was permanently tune…