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Leaders, Don’t Let Your Ideas Overpower Your Team’s

Another (golden) Management tip of the day: should a leader be a (bossy) leader or avoid imposing her/himself?

The answer lies in the middle, as for many things. Wear your manager hat during performance reviews and take it off when you don’t want to increase self-doubt within the team or favouring an image of yourself as the final answer to all the questions.


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To Learn Something, Explain It to Yourself Out Loud

Another golden Management tip from HRB (I highly recommend this newletter) which I use when learning languages or templates: repeat something loud to yourself to learn something new the good way.

As an unexpected (and positive) side-effect, it helps you slow down; secondly, by convinving yourself you are also prompted with questioning your own lesson.


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To Solve a Problem, Stop Thinking About It

The (golden) management tip of the day on how to find solutions: by not htinking about it.

There is a saying that “the night brings good tips” and it is indeed true, since refreshing the mind can help finding solutions.

Therefore, when trapped into a maze, make sure you change your mind within 30 seconds: reorder your e-mails, your receipts and so forth; afterward, get back to your seat and you can think again about it.


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14 interview questions that reveal the candidate’s true character

1. When were you excited about your work? aka what motivates this candidate? Does it align with the job description?

2. What major mistakes from your past do you not regret? Does the candidate recognize the importance of messing up?

3. What’s your favorite movie? Chemistry matters and if not a movie, maybe a book or music.

4. What’s a misconception people have about you? Does the candidate understand how he/she comes across to other people?

5. How happy are you in your current job? Does the candidate talk negatively about his/her work environment or current employers/colleagues?

6. If you weren’t interviewing for this role, is there another role here you’d be interested in? is the candidate lookin for to getting their foot in the door or is he/he really passionate about this role?

7. If I were to ask your current boss what your greatest strengths are, what would he or she say? Check if the canddiate is bragging.

8. If I were to ask your current boss what you do that drives him or her crazy, what would your boss say? Check weaknesses or idiosyncrasies.

9. Do you have any fears about this position or work environment? IThe candidate risks being too cocky or confused about what you are asking.

10. Describe the boss who would get the very best from you. Just liten and check.

11. Tell me about a time you had to be especially bold or honest in a work situation, despite the potential risk. Very interesting.

12. Let’s assume you take this job, and one year from now you go home after work feeling like this was the best decision of your life. Check the candidate’s unstated expectations or dreams.

13. Describe a time you were asked to do something you didn’t know how to do. Is the candidate resourceful or does he needs persisten guidance?

14. Tell me about a time a boss asked you to do something you didn’t agree with, and how you responded. Check interpersonal skills and ability to navigate conflict.


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Turn negative reviews into a positive experience: 7 strategies, 4 scripts

  1. “I want your work to improve –> so that you can become a top performer.”
  2. “You have poor time management” –> “You must prioritize your tasks better, figure how long it will take to complete them, and do so more quickly to become more productive.”
  3.  “Don’t make your reports so long” –> “Shorten your reports to five to eight pages maximum.”
  4.  “You are a good employee but you never get to work on time.” –> “During the past month, you were more than 20 minutes late on six separate days. The job requires that you arrive on time.”
  5. “Your work has been sloppy lately.” –>“Your last three reports contained an unacceptable number of statistical errors.”

And more..