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    It’s the simple things in life

    It’s the simple things in life

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    It’s the simple things in life, it really is. The simple things that make you feel good about yourself, others around you, and the world.

    I think that one of the worst things you can do is to listen to your own thoughts and try to rationalize and dwell on a stupid mistake that you might have made. There is no rationalization, you just made a mistake, own up to it, and move on. Maybe you feel that those around you really don’t know you, or understand your potential. You are just going through the daily motions of working and hoping someone will notice something good that you did that day. That’s not a good work environment.

    If you are relying on others for your happiness – it won’t happen. You are responsible for your own happiness. You have to dig deep within yourself to find that spirit of truth, warmth, and happiness. It’s there – that positive wellness. You just need to start tapping into it.

    How do you change a negative situation? You change your thoughts. You start to input positive thoughts to replace the negative ones. How? You might ask. Start by doing some of the following:

    1.      Say to yourself “I am worth it”. Say it a lot. Send yourself reminders to say it! Post it on an I love me Board“. Do whatever it takes to remind yourself. You are worth it

    I love me Board ~ J. D.

    2.      Build new relationships with others in your office, and socially outside of work

    3.      If you know you are going to meet with rejection or criticism from a fellow co-worker if you ask them a question – don’t ask them! Seriously, don’t ask them. Ask someone else, or look it up yourself. Avoid their office

    4.      I understand that sometimes you have to ask a negative co-worker a question, but do so when you aren’t alone with them, so you have someone else there with you, who can see and hear the situation

    5.      Don’t allow your co-workers to take advantage of you, especially when they take extended and frequent breaks. They aren’t your boss, and it’s NOT your responsibility to babysit their job – it’s theirs. Tell them no, you are busy doing your own work. Don’t be guilted into anything!

    6.      Don’t be afraid to say “NO”

    7.      Let me say that one again. Don’t be afraid to say “NO”

    8.      If you work overtime – or pull a shift straight without any breaks, don’t let anyone make you feel guilty if you leave at a different time than he or she does. You’re on the honor system

    9.      Stop saying “I’m Sorry”. There are a million ways to correct an error without leading off with “I’m Sorry”.  Some things just need an adjustment to get them working correctly. It doesn’t mean you need to apologize for every tiny thing. Fix it if you can, and move on

    10.  Believe in yourself, and treat yourself to good things. Treat yourself daily. See #1 above for the reason why.

    It is very important that you take time for yourself. Time to relax and reflect on the things that you care about. Taking trips, and looking after your health is good for refreshing the spirit within you. When you take care of yourself, you are much more able to fight off the dreaded negatives that might pop up in your way.

    Setting Goals

    Set a goal for yourself. Start by losing some of that negative baggage in your head. Start packing positive thoughts, and use those positives each day.

    If you feel yourself slipping into temptation, and feeling down – make sure you have some backup. Find a positive buddy if you can. Someone whom you can talk to, and know that what you say won’t be broadcast to the entire office, the community, or some social network!

    It’s the simple things in life, that can lift you out from under the bus that you might feel is sitting on top of you. Set some goals! But set realistic goals.

    If you set your goals too high, too soon, you might lose your momentum. You can have long-term goals – but you need small milestone goals along the way as well. Treat yourself well, and treat yourself often! Milestones!

    Treat yourself well, and treat yourself often! Milestones!

    I will be honest, some days it is hard to stay positive, and stick to my goal. But what I have discovered is if you immediately come back with a positive, after a negative confrontation – you can de-escalate, and/or completely defuse a situation. Nine times out of 10, coming back with a positive will work in your favor.

    Goal Helpers – For Directing Positive Thinking

    ·        Do good always

    ·        Always smile and greet those you work with each morning, especially the grouchy ones

    ·        Thank people when they help you, and even when they can’t. At least they listened

    ·        Tip the waiter or waitress, even the bad ones

    ·        Pet your puppy dog

    ·        Wave at your neighbor or say Hi

    ·        Hold the door for someone

    ·        Complement someone when it is earned

    ·        Treat yourself daily to positives

    ·        Laugh often and loudly. Laugh at yourself.

    Keep up the positives and soon you will begin to see the positives coming out in others around you. Never give up, and never give in. You can change your own environment! Just stay positive.

     

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    Content creator & writer, blogger, social and digital media advocate. JB was born with a passion for writing and instructional design. JB is the owner of Radcliff Design.


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    Leadership Quiz Night

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    Leadership Quiz Night! Leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I have learned is that you need to be able to show your work. In a job interview, that can become a very interesting prospect to have thrown at you – unaware. It’s those little questions….

    1. Show your work
    2. Show me leadership.
    3. Tell me how you perform community outreach.
    4. How many hours a day do you work in social media?
    5. How many social media applications can you link?
    6. What is content marketing for social media?
    7. While doing research did you actively engage in experimentation that provided you with factual data that could be useful to your organization or business?
    8. Training usually has some long-term benefit, plus you provide your learners with material or backup data, where do you store your assessment data?

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe. Can we thrive in a constant environment without some form of monetary benefit keeping us afloat? Probably not. Our skills are our bread and butter. We need to be able to sell those skills and sell them well. Some people don’t even know they have certain skills. Testing yourself, and really examining what you do and don’t know can help you in your quest to be in that perfect position.

    Have we reached the end of sensibility? The honest answer is – maybe

    Back to my initial statement, leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people. Words DO matter. Depending on the words you use, they may ultimately define your role in the working environment. They may also generate feelings, good or bad. I have learned the meaning of stress, and words that I associate with that stress are called project management and strategic planning. I’m not saying they are bad positions, but anyone who has ever been in a position where a large chunk of your daily role was finding yourself buried under a deadline, client concerns, and underperforming managers – you’ll understand. They can be fun roles also; if you like the fast and furious pace that they often take. Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Yea…I lived for that crap!

    Leadership verbiage is probably way over-used by many. Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor. Leadership is not teaching someone how to turn on a computer or find information, that’s training or guidance. It’s not leading a meeting where all you do is discuss the same thing over and over again – that’s training.

    Leadership is more about directing others and assuming a role of authority and taking responsibility for that position. When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is a bringing together of large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good.

    When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal. It is bringing together large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good

    Some people may have a completely different ideology about what constitutes certain skill sets. I have an aversion to those who claim certain skill sets that are not unique to them. On-the-other-hand, I enjoy those professionals who put Customer Service or Volunteer on their list of skills.

    Basically, unless I know you personally, the only thing I can pretty much assume is that you can type. I can probably glean a fair amount of information from your writings, but there has to be more. Details tend to matter. I want to know you. I don’t want memorized words, I want you to know what you are good at.

    Leadership Quiz Night!

    Here are some fun little tools to test your skills. It’s all hypothetical of course, it won’t determine your life work. You might be a master of your craft, and end up with a weak score. It’s a reality check, but a fun one. What are you really good at? Are you too good? Can you laugh at yourself and with others when you look at your own scores? It puts you on an equal playing field with all those who work around you. A little bit of humility goes a long way in building true character.

    Have fun with these freebie tests 

    Have fun learning what you are good at. Take a good hard look at your resume. If you have done the skills, and actually understand the meaning of the skill, leave it on there. If you have tinkered with a skill, be very cautious about misrepresenting who you are and what you do. Lastly. Don’t dummy down your skills for no one.

    Don’t dummy down your skills for no one

    #leadership #quiz #management

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    Content creator & writer, blogger, social and digital media advocate. JB was born with a passion for writing and instructional design. JB is the owner of Radcliff Design.


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    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead - STOP

    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – STOP

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    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – Stop.  A lot of us live our lives like this. Meeting deadlines, negotiating deals, setting up operations or systems. Once you are caught up and on track, you still sense a little nagging thought in the back of your mind that says “I gotta keep going”. “I can’t relax”.  I’m all caught up, but why do I feel like I’m late?

    I’m all caught up, but why do I feel like I’m late?

    Just recently I finished a project that was eating up a lot of my time, and left me feeling on the edge of my seat. If I finished the project early, someone would think I didn’t have enough to do. If I finish late, some might think I’m not staying on task. You can’t win in this scenario. When you experience this phenomenon enough times, you’re body and mind learn that, business, work, and life, are all done in constant distraction mode.

    PUSH STOP!

    It’s one thing to work hard, it’s another to balance that hard work with a good measure of life balanced activities; including downtime. Many have been in distraction mode for so long, they don’t know how to de-escalate, and build in life balance measures for their lives.

    STOP THE STRESS

    The old saying that failure to plan on your part does not mean action on my part – that often sneaks into the equation when dealing with other distracted co-workers. As the cycle of the day runs its course, people will ride the working wave at different times, locations, levels, and mindsets. A lot of times the mindsets don’t equal each other. We all have our high and low points during the day.

    How is your stress today? Stressed much?

    Stress plays a big factor in your overall health, and I think we all know that. There are a lot of experts out there, which give us any number of remedies and cures for how to deal with stress. Finding which remedy works for you is a process. My hopes are that you have others around you who will act as a support team to help you find just the right remedy or process to gain and keep your health on track.

    Just the word stress, can be a trigger for some people

    Stress has a lot to do with our body’s vital organs and the health of those organs. It is important to tell your doctor about changes in your mood so that you can discuss treatment options best suited for you. Working on your own internal senses to build yourself up and maintain a healthy state of mind, is so important to the quality of your life. Did you know that the very act of caring creates resilience, and in turn helps the body to not overreact to stress?

    Talk Therapy is also a great way to talk through those situations that you might be holding onto unnecessarily. Talk Therapy is also great for creating new conversations and opening up doors to collaborations; about things you might have wanted to explore but were always afraid to try.

    How to keep from falling behind, when you are already ahead – STOP

    The fight or flight mechanism which is a built-in survival tool becomes unhealthy for our bodies when we are subject to it in a never-ending cycle. Taking control of our stress and making it your friend, gives you the upper hand, and helps you keep your body chemistries more in line with those of a healthy lifestyle.

    If you are stressed over past events or situations you had no control over, you have to learn to let go of that negativity. Holding onto that toxicity will only create an unhealthy outcome. For those who suffer from health issues, gaining the upper hand over your emotions and thoughts could extend your life. Even add years.

    I know that by just being kind when you have it in your power to do so, will give you strength in your personal life; that includes your health. The benefits are rewarding.

    Don’t let work rob you of your life. Put stress on notice, as well as any difficult co-worker. Be willing to speak up, out, and overcome the stress. Find that niche where you feel comfortable. Buy yourself a stop button and start using it.

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    CHART

    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive

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    Disclosure – Vulnerable or Vindictive. Focus on the chart above for a minute. Take in what it is asking you to do. Based on what you see in this decision process – which way do you anticipate you will decide to go?

    • Will you say something or not?
    • Is the disclosure (or non-disclosure)- vulnerable or vindictive?

    Now ask yourself one more question. Did you arrive at a pre-conceived conclusion that the answer to this diagram, based only on what you see, indicates you should choose to move to the left in your decision process? Maybe the red terminator button that is partially hidden on the right suggested to you that you should decide to go left on the diagram and say “Yes”.

    Now let’s look at the full diagram.

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    The Gossip BOX

    Well, now you KNOW.

    It is the second decision box that describes the situation you must face based on your first decision, which by now you know was only an incorrect assumption.

    Undoubtedly, I probably will have misguided a number of people to go the wrong way – deliberately. This doesn’t make you a bad person or a good person. The chances that you would decide to go in the other direction (right) would be about 1%. Another 1 or 2% may still be sitting on the fence, but the majority went left.

    Often we are suspectable to this type of misinterpretation in our everyday lives. People come at us from all directions, and many times we only see a sliver of an issue or an underlining problem. Yet people want answers – and they want them in a hurry. But if we only have a partial bit of information available to us, our decision processes can become a crapshoot real fast.

    Real life scenario’s push us to our limits at times. Having the time to attend to issues and give them our full attention can sometimes be stressful. Take for instance the following scenarios. What might you do to remedy one or two of them? Do you have enough information? What do you already know?

    • Scenario 1: Meeting with a group of professionals regarding a project that will have lasting benefits for the company. It is discovered that key individuals are not likely to work well together. Therefore information is not being shared.
    • Scenario 2: In a private meeting it is mentioned that someone may not have the necessary skills to accomplish a task. This according to one person only.
    • Scenario 3: I’m confronted by an individual that is worried that no one likes them and their key group of workers. States that it is common knowledge within the corporation.
    • Scenario 4: After complaining that a process is backed up and in serious jeopardy, a presenter demands that a system be implemented to help deal with their departments load. In good faith, people are hustling to find remedies and develop a strategy that will help fix the backup issues and restore confidence in the system. The original presenter then makes the comment that they wash their hands of the project and dump the load on the nearest worker.

    We have to remember that when we are presented with scenario’s like the ones above, that there is a lot more information that isn’t yet visible. As bad as I dislike meetings, they are a necessary evil to get to the core of many issues. You have to get all the players on the same sides again and determine What went right!

    What went right?

    We all should strive for a high moral within our working environments. Kick the guilt shaming, nitpicking, and arrogant players to the curb. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work of correcting the problem(s) yourself. You have to look at the entire picture and make sure the pieces are in the correct place. Lay a foundation of respect with those you work with and make sure that each person has a piece of that respect. If they lose your respect it should only be for something that was cruel, malicious, and negligent toward corporate values. You have to look at the whole flow chart.

    You have to look at the whole flowchart

    When you look at the whole flowchart, then you can better determine if Disclosure is Vulnerable or Vindictive.

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    Come to work as our favorite characters

    Come to work as our favorite characters

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    Come to work as our favorite characters
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    The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right

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    The Way Forward Starts Here – What Went Right

    The title would better read “the way forward starts with you”.  We often find ourselves bewitched with words.  As Sigmund Freud once stated in a lecture in psychoanalysis in 1915 “Words were originally magic and to this day words have retained much of their ancient magical power”.

    With just a simple twist of words, we can motivate or provoke a person or group of people into action.  If you add a list of positives words into your speech, over a short amount of time you will begin to see the subtle hints of change in the attitudes and behavior of others around you. When people no longer think you are out to get them, they will feel more at ease with you when discussing matters.     As an example, you might consider changing references to individuals or groups by applying a few of the following:

    Positive Affirmation   (Empathy)                 Negative Affirmation (Sympathy)

    • I am glad you told me                                      At least you had….
    • Look for a solution                                           Talk about the problem
    • Your input is valuable                                      Yes, but…..
    • Everything is a process up                              Failed again I see
    • Working together                                              Not open to change
    • Allow others to have an opinion                    Discredit the opinions of others

    Using words to gain cooperation from others is the opposite of expecting opposition.  Even though some people may have repressed feelings or thoughts due to prior experiences – you can begin to implement change by breaking through with positive reinforcement statements.   Those reinforcement statements need to be sincere in their delivery.

    Just saying nice things isn’t the same as the meaning and context behind those words.  Were the words earned, were they just, did they pivot one group over the other?  There is a lot to think about. Immediate solutions start with acknowledging the positive.  What went right.

    Immediate solutions start with acknowledging the positive.  What went right.

    The way forward depends on your ability to get started. It also depends on your ability to want positive change.  You need to seek out solutions and focus a lot less on the problems.  Chances are everyone knows the problem – but does everyone know what went right?

    Learn to focus on the positives that you know work.  Make sure you document thoroughly what went right.  Don’t lose your best resources while searching for problems that may never be resolved, or even existed.  Sometimes you have to build cooperation by helping others learn to change. Change doesn’t have to be hard if you explain what went right.

    What went right.   

     

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    Leadership, Social Media, Community Outreach, Research and Training

    Leadership, Social Media, Community Outreach, Research and Training

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    Leadership, Social Media, Community Outreach, Research and Training  

     Leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.  What I  have learned is that you need to be able to show your work.  In a job interview, that can become a very interesting prospect to have thrown at you – unaware.  It’s those little questions….

    1. Show your work
    2. Show me leadership.
    3. Tell me how you perform community outreach.
    4. How many hours a day do you work in social media?
    5. How many social media applications can you link?
    6. What is content marketing for social media?
    7. While doing research did you actively engage in experimentation that provided you with factual data that could be useful to your organization or business?
    8. Training usually has some long-term benefit, plus you provide your learners with material or backup data, where do you store your assessment data?

    Have we reached the end of sensibility?  The honest answer is – maybe.  We can’t all be social media managers.  Nor can we thrive in a  constant research environment without some form of monetary benefit keeping us afloat.  Researching a paper is not the same as research that has value leading toward the benefit of society, or changing guiding principles for an overall operation.

    Back to my initial statement, leadership, social media, community outreach, research, and training, they all mean very different things to different people.Words DO matter.  Depending on the words you use, they may ultimately define your role in the working environment.  They may also generate feelings, good or bad.   I have learned the meaning of stress, and words that I associate with that stress are called project management and strategic planning.  I’m  not saying they are bad positions, but anyone who has ever been in a position where a large chunk of your daily role was finding yourself buried under a deadline – you’ll understand. They can be fun roles also; if you like the fast and furious pace that they often take.   Yea…I live for that crap!

    Yea…I live for that crap!

    Leadership verbiage is probably way over-used by many.  Leadership has to deal with taking a lead role in a project or endeavor. Leadership is not teaching someone how to turn on a computer or find information, that’s training or guidance.  It’s not leading a meeting where all you do is discuss the same thing over and over again – that’s training.  Leadership is more about directing others and assuming a role of authority and taking responsibility for that position.  When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal.  It is a bringing together of large circles of people, businesses, and community leaders for the common good.

    When you do community outreach, that generally entails that you have many contacts and work through those contacts to form some sort of alliance that has a similar goal.  It is  bringing together  large circles of people, businesses, and  community leaders for the common good

    Some people may have a completely different ideology about what constitutes some of the above skill sets.  I have an aversion to those who claim certain skill sets that are not unique to them.  On-the-other-hand, I  enjoy those professionals who put Microsoft Word or Excel on your list of skills.  Basically, unless I know you personally, the only thing I  can pretty much assume is that you can type.  I can probably glean a fair amount of information from your writings, but there has to be more.  Details tend to matter.

    Here are some fun little tools to test your skills.  It’s all hypothetical, it won’t determine your life work.  You might be a master in your craft, and end up with a weak score.  It’s a reality check, but a fun one.  What are you really good at?  Are you too good? Can you laugh at yourself and with others when you look at your own scores?

    Have fun with these freebie tests  

    When you go into an interview it is always handy to have first done a little research about the job you are applying for.  True there are some professional interviewers who can buffalo their way through just about any interview scenario  – but those individuals are rare.  Generally, they do tend to be older and probably come over-qualified, and they know it.  I hope you are not one of the ones who will discriminate against them due to age or fear they are after your job.  You might be turning away your companies next Einstein.  Okay, maybe not.   But let’s just say your training curve will be lower if you hire them, and we know how training affects your bottom line, not to mention your stress levels.

    Have fun learning what you are good at.  Take a good hard look at your resume.  If you have done the skills, and actually understand the meaning of the skill, leave it on there.  If you have tinkered with a skill, be very cautious about misrepresenting who you are and what you do.

    I’m to the point where I would like to see more companies go back to a just detailed application and lose the cover letter.   I’ve seen too many cover letters that don’t necessarily represent the true individual or give me enough information that would be beneficial to my company.   Another issue that clogs the process involves the use of resumes. Who really reads the resume all the way through?  The federal government has a computer that reads resumes for them. You have to take a class just to know how to design a federal resume.  It’s comprehensive and labor intensive.

    When we did our interviews with our staff, one of us was selected to develop questions based on potential candidate resumes.  A lot of companies do not do that. They read a few lines and put it back into the stack with the other resumes.  I read all of ours.  I was better able to gauge the sincerity of many of the candidates that we interviewed.   Read those resumes, and use them to develop your questions.

    I’m not a fan of traditional interviews either.  I dislike the questions that immediately tell me a lot about the person holding the interview.  Some really do not put a lot of thought into the interview process, and probably are just as unsure as the candidate, about what is needed. I am also not a big fan of the behavioral questionnaires either.   The one question that should be banned from all interviews is, “where do you want to be in five years?”  ALIVE!

    Where do you want to be in five years?  ALIVE!

    I understand the need to ask those questions that are burning in your bosom, but geez whiz, lighten up on those older folks – okay?  You gotta have a sense of lightness in an interview.  If I like you and your environment – I’m going to make sure you know before I leave your office – I will be paying you a compliment.  Ask people “how do you feel about this working environment”?  People don’t think about the environment they are stepping into very often.  That is the first thing I would look into – because you are going to be spending a lot of time there!

    For the younger generation who hasn’t yet learned to respond or develop their own questions,  there is a lot of feeling or emotion that determines their selections.    It’s humorous to hear them talk about “I like that one”, or “I think he would be a perfect match”.   Even if their skills are below the standard, they will select that person, based on emotion.  Skills be damned.  It is kind of a slap in the face to higher education and those with experience who are up against a younger touchy-feely kind of interviewer. Okay, to be honest, some of the older and more seasoned interviewers get emotional as well – but not as much.  Still doesn’t make it right.  You do want the right fit, but what are you really gaining?  Tough questions that we often have to ask ourselves after the storm has settled and new staff are learning their places.

    Age matters as well in some organizations.  Seventy-Five percent of the staff that I hired were all older than I was.   I wasn’t biased at all – the younger individual’s I interviewed did not have the qualifications for the job.  I had people who were in their 60’s and even a couple in their 80’s that worked for me.  I didn’t feel threatened at all.  The age myth is just that – a myth.  The real threat is hiring people who are NOT qualified regardless of the age.

    Take your tests, rewrite your resumes, and re-evaluate your skills that you list.  Your endorsements might be all smoke and mirrors if you can’t back them up in an interview.  You will come away looking really bad.

    I am a professional who looks for those out of the ordinary individuals who just want to work.  They don’t have anything to prove, their education and experience shine through.  Now that makes me all emotional in a touchy-feely kind of way; because I’ve just hired the best!

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    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

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    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

    For many who have been working professionals for most of their lives, it is often anticipated with some anxiety that those interviewing them ‘may not know how to interview them’. When you go into an interview and in two quick responses you have pretty much summed up the entire list of questions the interviewer had prepared, you quickly are able to gauge the aptitude of that business or organization. While those giving the interview have thought well and hard on their lists – you still manage to blow that list out of the water. What’s left for the interviewer? They can continue to read from their list, and unfortunately a lot do; because they really do not know anything about interviewing or better yet, the art of communication.

    Interviewing from a list can be caustic. Asking someone what their strengths and weaknesses are isn’t as important as sitting down face-to-face with them at a restaurant and getting to know how they interact with you and others. Sure you need to ask basic questions, but you want to engage your potential candidate to communicate a larger picture of who and what they are. Then you will be able to estimate how they might potentially fit into your organizational culture.

    A good interviewer should understand that a list of questions is only a guide. It’s not a good way to engage potential candidates into giving up information about themselves. The younger and more inexperienced the interviewer the more likely they will not have the proper skills needed to ask the right questions at the appropriate time. It’s not that they can’t – they simply do not have those skills developed yet. Not everyone is a good interviewer.

    How many of you like doing interviews?

    So what do you do when the candidate has just blown your list of questions out of the water in just a few short statements? It’s not the candidates fault. They came prepared. The outcome rests solely on your shoulders.

    It’s not the candidates fault. They came prepared

    Some might perceive the experience of a professional interviewer as intimidating, often fearing for their own jobs by thinking “dang this person is good”. So they quickly write off the candidate by sending out a rejection letter that states something like “we found a more highly qualified candidate”, or “we don’t have need for your skills at this time”. Think about that statement “more highly qualified”, or “no need for your skills”. Over-qualified is probably more like it. Nervous interviewers are writing those letters of rejection as they are interviewing you – that is how unsure of themselves they really are.

    Some just want to filter out those individuals who they perceive as flight risks, who will leave the job for a better one after investing  time and energy into training.

    Your trustworthiness as a professional representing your organization has just been deflated when you do things like that. Leave the candidate with their integrity by changing your vocabulary to reflect something more generic and less personally intrusive. Maybe use things like “Unfortunately you weren’t selected at this time but your application will remain on file”. If the candidate then decides to call and ask why they weren’t selected, I suggest you have a higher level explanation.

    Has a Twitter  page, seems like a nice person, that’s probably not a good explanation why they selected another candidate over you. If you are a state jobs agency and a candidate asks for clarification are you going to avoid the question if it comes up? It happens. Don’t let your title get away from you. It might be you who has to go before the interviewing squad next.

    ……Has a Twitter  page seems like a nice person

    Human Resource people hate to hear this, but it’s true – interviewing is all about discrimination. You are judging people and their skill abilities. You are deciding their fate with your influences within your organization. Honestly, you might just like how someone behaves and interacts with you, who cares about skills. It happens every day, people getting hired for the quirkiest reasons.

    • Have your list of questions, but read the persons education and work history too. Adjust your questions accordingly
    • A candidate shouldn’t have to hide the number of years of experience and/or their education from you just so you will feel comfortable.  You should be thankful they want to interview for your company. 
    • Know your own organizational needs, and at least be fair in your assessments
    • Learn how to communicate and bring in new questions when you get a solid candidate in front of you. You really want to impress them. They are the ones who are actually looking you over to see if your organization is as strong as it comes off
    • Are you willing to allow good talent to go work for your competitor?
    • Your title is not as important as the candidate you are interviewing; it’s about theirskills
    • The potential candidate prepared for the interview – did you?
    • Be willing to adjust your sails. All interviews are different. You will interview some people who have years of knowledge ahead of you. But they are there because they want to be. Revel in that! That’s a good thing. You want good people to want to work for you
    • Be honest when making your selection and leave each candidate their integrity
    • Write letters that “do no harm”. Your vocabulary matters
    • A person with a masters degree interviewing for a job that doesn’t need a degree is still a person.

    Three Things that matter: Integrity, integrity, and integrity.

    1. Integrity of the business or organization
    2. Integrity of the interviewer
    3. Integrity of the interviewee

    My favorite interview question is “Do you Skype”?

     

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    Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors

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    Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors?

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    Amazon vs. Netflix the Streaming Debate

    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

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    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

    “Amazon vs. Netflix. Which would you choose for #streaming?”

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    Amazon

    The Big Bang Theory!  Amazon was the place to go to get all the back seasons.   However, not being a  Prime member,  Amazon is starting  to  restrict sales of some items to its members.  Will shows like the Big Bang Theory be one of them?

    Creating another level  within Amazon, will not  increase their sales. The Prime-exclusive membership is just a copy cat of what Netflix has been doing all along.   Except Netflix doesn’t have all the hidden costs.

    The restricting of the non-Amazon produced items is troubling.  Since other online outlets have the non-Amazon items, why would Amazon want to resist them?  It makes me think of the quote “if it isn’t broke – don’t fit it”. 

    Netflix

    Being able to watch as many movies as I want, and the ability to share with up to three people –  Netflix got my attention.  With busy lives, and kids going here and there – it has saved me more than once.  The truth however is, that Netflix doesn’t have the latest and greatest hits rolling out as fast as some of their competitors  (neither does Amazon), but Netflix is at least consistent, and there are no restrictions.   Netflix still has their DVD options to buy, but it is easier to go to Google Play, or a host of other locations  if you want to augment your viewing on demand preferences.

    Unlimited Data

    As someone who uses their mobile data for everything, streaming is important to me.  It doesn’t matter if it is checking my mail, watching the news, downloading/streaming movies, or making a purchase -I want my online experience to be seamless.  The whole opt in/opt out, or become a member / super-prime-mega-star member  scenario is just bad mojo to me.  I don’t want to deal with a business marketing strategy that is built on a copy cat system made up by your competitor, except yours includes hidden fees you added as some kind of bonus.

    Sign up here NOW for a full year!  Other fees and charges may apply!

    Amazon might be cutting off its own foot despite itself.  Amazon doesn’t  control  non-Amazon products.  That is a serious turnoff to a buyer like myself.  The non-Amazon producers should also consider this when they allow someone to lock-up their product.  Or at least have the good sense to list in a variety of other online locations.

    • The Amazon list of movies isn’t any different than Netflix.  They are basically the same, except for their own in-house developed programming.
    • You have to pay for a full year up front with Amazon.
    • Amazon also makes you pay extra for prime shows.   Why, when you can view them elsewhere without a prime membership?
    • Amazon’s recent and popular TV episodes run you an additional  $1.99 to $2.99 per episode.

    With  the upfront  yearly fee, and the addition prime charges, that doesn’t equate to a bargain Amazon.

    Both services allow for watching as many movies as you want , on any number of devices.  Just about the only good thing about Amazon is you can download a movie for later viewing offline, and you get a two-day free shipping on some items.  Which neither are relevant to me.

    One Stop Shopping

    I like one-stop shopping as well as the next person, but I would say buyer beware if Amazon thinks they can control all the markets by shutting out potential buyers.

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    There are a host of other online streaming services, like Hulu, and iTunes and HBO,  but they all have some quirky setups and costs that haven’t proved to be of much value to me.

    Getting back to Netflix, I do have some issues with their service.  Netflix could use an upgrade to more current movies and shows.  To be honest I’m not much into the shows they have developed on their own.  Same with Amazon, the shows aren’t all that good.

    Netflix probably has my vote as far as streaming entertainment. You can watch as many movies as you like and you can do that on a host of different devices in your home.

    • Netflix’s new releases for TV are a bit outdated (about a year).  But you can view them without having to have a Prime membership.
    • There is no yearly membership.  It’s monthly and you can easily drop or add service as your budget allows.

    I don’t want to pay an upfront yearly fee to join a service like Amazon  (who also has hidden prime costs).  I will continue to utilize Netflix who has the same shows, but allows me to cancel and re-subscribe anytime I like, and has NO hidden prime costs.

    Television – what’s that?

    For those who don’t watch a lot of television, or do not subscribe to a paid television service,   Netflix does a better job of speaking to these online buyers.  More people are going the route of not subscribing to a paid television service – if  for no other reason than to escape the crappy ads.  If people aren’t watching television, they aren’t going to appreciate the hard sales coming from Amazon, Netflix, or anyone else for that matter.

    The turnoff from high pressured sales  and ads are  just too much for this group of viewers.  They don’t get into to politically run media talking point programs, nor the constant deluge of negative ads about the sick and dying.  That is one reason  why many are dropping out of paying for television services – “it is depressing”.

    While my vote does go to Netflix for offering a steady and solid product, nothing will ever replace a night out at the movies.  Yes, it costs more to go out and see a show, and the popcorn isn’t cheap either – but the benefits are a plus.

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