Monthly Archives: April 2007

Apr 30

Marijuana Rules over Blackberry

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

There is distraction…and then distraction. Blackberry (and Palm) users offer up the ultimate distraction: the addiction of being online all the time by constantly checking their Crackberrys for the latest and greatest. Productive? Not so much. The Four Hour Work Week blog (and also a book on an unrelated subject) offers up the reality: Smoking […]

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Apr 26

Job Search Time Increases

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

March’s unemployment dropped to 4.4% — but the average time a job seeker remained unemployed increased from 16.4 weeks in February to 17.3 weeks in March. Over at Career Hub, Brian Weis provided six steps to a simple job search game plan — and they are all good and I’d go there to take a […]

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Apr 23

Use Accomplishment Lists

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

One of the things that I like to have from my employees — and want to do for myself — is a weekly status report. Administrivia? Yes. But, a record of your accomplishments for the week. And week after week adds up to a lot of accomplishments. Over at J Wynia’s, he suggests Managing Your […]

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Apr 18

Reading the Writing on the Wall

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

We’ve all seen this one: everyone in the department sees the ‘writing on the wall’ except a couple of people. What is obvious to everyone is not obvious to these people. Over at Insourced, Mick says that: the consequences of failing to read the writing on the wall can range from inconvenience to utter disaster. […]

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Apr 17

Cubicle Warrior and Office Politics

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

In any company, there are the deliverables, goals, tasks, projects — and the politics. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In my career, I’ve worked in Fortune 100 corporations with an employee population from 52,000 to 235,000. Cities, if you will, with all of the associated neighborhoods, in-crowds, cool places to hang out, and […]

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Apr 13

Old methods will do harm

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Cubicle Warriors know that to sit still is to put yourself into a vulnerable position in your career. But, I don’t think I’ve ever thought through continuing to use previous methods to solve problems in the workplace. Over at The Recruiting Edge, Jim Stroud says that using the old methods will, in fact, do harm. […]

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Apr 10

Culture Defines the Rules of the Road

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

One of the things we haven’t written about much here on Cube Rules is the culture of the corporation and how that culture affects people’s ability to perform work. It’s a really tough subject to write about as culture is different between companies, between departments within a company and even between teams within a department. […]

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Apr 09

Celebrating Success in a Cubicle

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Over the last week, I’ve been having this good discussion (via e-mail and the Internet; disjointed as those types of discussions are) with Dr. Hal over at the North Star Mental Fitness blog. It all started when I left this comment on Dr. Hal’s post about Florida’s basketball team celebrating the moment. My comment was […]

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Apr 06

You can’t fire everyone

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Yesterday, I commented on how sports isn’t like business in that sports has a “season.” A defined beginning and end. Also, an off-season where important work goes on, but it is a time of recovery and preparation for the next season. Business, of course, isn’t like that. Business today is ‘always on’ and really working […]

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