How do you evaluate a job applicant without any previous job experience? The resume of a fresher does not say much about her skills. Yes, the resume has academic credentials and project summaries. It does not however give insights about the key skills required for her to do her job well. So how to hire freshers that fit the job requirements?
When was the last time you carefully read a 21 page lengthy policy document word by word? My answer is never. Reading fine text in business and legal jargon spread over a boring, multi-page document is downright boring. It’s just about time we disown boring company policies. Time to get creative.
We make too many decisions at the eleventh hour. The urgency and the pressure to decide quite often lead to incorrect decisions. When we look back at our decisions, we find out that some arguments were never made. Some doubts were never discussed. Volunteer to be the Devil in the next meeting and improve decision making.
Decision making is an integral part of our daily routine. Some are easy, non-critical and we do not have to worry about consequences. Then there are critical decisions that may have far reaching consequences. Understanding of what could go wrong will facilitate informed decision making. Download this free template to evaluate risk when making a decision.
In a rush to fix problems at work, we often miss to look for the root cause. Hence the problems reoccur frequently. Let us understand how to use 5 why analysis for problem solving. Free template included.
How many companies have you worked for that had an infuriating number of applications to adopt? And how many of those tools were completely disconnected from the others, siloed to a particular team that further separated the team from the rest of the company? So how do you pick the right tools for business? Here are the top 6 considerations.
What gets measured gets managed. You would have heard this several times. There is so much focus on measuring and reporting all data that is easily available. This leads to information overload. Colorful charts on the projector screen scream for attention. Quite often, teams waste energy and time on meaningless reports. What are you monitoring? What are your goals? Are you chasing the right goals?
Performance reports and dashboards often report the average values. When measured alone, averages tend to lie. Understanding the variation along with the average performance and addressing the root causes for variation will help you better conform to customer expectations.
“For a report to be actionable, it must demonstrate clear cause and effect”. Eric Ries made this argument in his bestselling book “The Lean Startup”. He is right to stress on the importance of monitoring actionable metrics. Quite often we get into the trap of vanity metrics. Either these vanity metrics look good or the data is easily available. However, as the name suggests, these do not lead to any action as cause and effect are not established. Have you identified actionable metrics for your business? What metrics do you monitor?
Our judgement, reactions and actions are influenced by our instincts and bias. Our experiences and learnings influence our instincts and bias. In life and at work, perception bias affects our judgement. Most of the times, we do not realize the implications of perception bias. Here are 3 tips to minimize the effects of bias.