Monthly Archives: August 2013

The thing that most makes me want to punch a manager in the face

ImageThere are lots of things managers do that can infuriate you. Apart from being inept the thing that most makes me want to punch a manager in the face is when they make excuses for their decisions.

If you don’t know what that sounds like, it could be something like “we wanted you to take on that project but the deadline has moved forward”

It’s not you, it’s me.

Why do managers hide behind reasons out with their control? Or even worse use those reasons as an excuse. If you really want someone to be on a project then you will genuinely do everything in your power to get them on the project. And when you are using those reasons to cover up thinking that someone isn’t good enough then you are doing everyone a disservice.

Telling someone that they could have done A but unrelated B stopped them rather than saying they weren’t good enough to do A in the first place actually damages your relationship. You may have spared their feelings but without honesty you can’t effectively help someone to grow. And if you don’t help them to grow, they stop working.

Your opinion and decisions are what make you a leader. Nothing else. No industry knowledge, no strategy formulation, just your decisions. You may make decisions about strategy and you may have opinions on the credibility of knowledge which offer more to those that work with you, and for you, than just knowing.

So instead of thinking of reasons to tell your staff, let them know it’s your decision. You may need to justify it but at least your position will be clear.

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My beef with recruitment

Very-Angry-Man-ShutterstockI’ve posted previously about how recruitment is like dating here. Well after getting a new job to me it felt more like a dancing partner who can’t dance, but leads anyway.

Some things I wish recruiters did differently in job postings.

1. Dependant on experience. Really? Don’t we all know this means dependant on what you get paid for your current job.

2. Competitive pay. If it’s that competitive tell us what it is and we will definitely want to apply. Otherwise this means we can pay you less than the previous guy or any of our competitors.

3. This successful company……. why can’t we know what company it is? Would we be embarrassed by the company? Should we not apply?

4. Recipe list of skills. I’ve seen some crazy demands for jobs. One included a training manager who needed to be proficient in photoshop, indesign and video editing. Maybe you want too much from this role? Maybe you should rethink the job description?

5. Sector specific experience. Is your sector that blisteringly complicated that no one else can pick it up in a couple of weeks? Or are you that fast paced that unless someone can already do the job they can’t apply?

6. Specific software usage. Ok so I have mainly seen this in HR. If I haven’t used a particular software I will be atrocious at the job. Really? Of course, you were born being able to use a software that hadn’t been created yet and I couldn’t possibly learn it. But maybe we all take as long to learn things as you…..

7. Entry level role – must have experience. How on earth do people get experience for entry level roles without doing an entry level role?

So these aren’t the most constructive comments but maybe if some of these beefs disappeared maybe we wouldn’t have as big a talent deficit.

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