Monthly Archives: May 2009

May 29

Build powerful stories to answer interview questions

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

You should answer interview questions with powerful stories. But what are the characteristics of a great interview story? Stories that answer interview questions are necessarily different than stories that describe a fun time on vacation. Interview questions demand particular information — and you have to build the information into the stories you tell. Stories show […]

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May 19

Biggest failure of SMART Goals

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

When it comes to SMART Goals, businesses and individuals can show great professionalism putting the goals together. They meet the SMART goal criteria. Then, once the goals are completed, we stuff them into our hard drive repository never to be seen again. Until performance review time. At which point, we panic. The biggest failure to […]

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May 18

Why SMART goals fail high performers

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

When it comes to goals, SMART goals are the typical choice for businesses. It makes sense, too, because the SMART goal methodology gives a way to ensure the goals are well constructed. But, a well-constructed SMART goal doesn’t equal employee engagement, especially high performing Cubicle Warriors. Instead, SMART goals fail high performers in three ways: […]

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May 11

Decline a career move in tough times?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Back in the rocken’ world of business before the bust, pundits cautioned against turning down any career move. And turning down a promotion? It was like the kiss of death. The common wisdom about turning down a promotion was this one: “I do not think it’s wise to decline a promotion because doing so will […]

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May 07

Can management do SMART Goals?

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Yesterday, I did a media interview on the subject of “Better SMART Goals mean better management.” And the part about the SMART Goals is true: if management embraces making the SMART goal individual and not team, measurable to the individual and not just to the department level, and determines goal attainment levels for performance review […]

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May 06

The biggest time management tip

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

When it comes to time management, everyone has an opinion. Whether it is getting rid of distractions or embracing a time management methodology, time management is an important Cubicle Warrior skill. Time management’s biggest problem If you examine most of the time management tips out there, they focus on your personal productivity. Stuff like how […]

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