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Tech Managers: Time to Grow Up and Manage Like Humans

I read Technology’s Man Problem in the New York Times this weekend. I thought those days were long gone. I guess not. Since when it is acceptable to make any comment about anybody’s body part at work? Hello? Are we … Continue reading

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Hiring Trap: Don’t Hire Anyone Older Than…

When I was a young developer, my employers were hungry for talent. They hired women, as well as men. Of course, my first employer wanted to know what birth control I used, which was an illegal question at the time. … Continue reading

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When is “Hiring for Culture” Discrimination?

There’s a great post, Please: Stop “Hiring to Cultural Fit”. Laura Bergells explains the problems of what she sees when people supposedly hire for cultural fit: They consider for personality first They consider tech and business skills second If you … Continue reading

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A Novel Idea: Hire the Unemployed

Did you read The Jobless Trap? In it, Paul Krugman asserts we are creating an underclass of long-term unemployed. This is what really stood out for me: This could happen because their work skills atrophy, but a more likely reason … Continue reading

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What Are Your Favorite Interview Questions?

I have an article coming out soon in the next Prag Magazine about some questions to never ask in an interview. I thought I’d let you know so you could warm up your fingers to quick click on the magazine. … Continue reading

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Creating Auditions for Senior Managers

If you’re trying to select a manager, you want one who fits your organization. I hope you’ve read my blog post over at Vistage. If you read the comments, you see I’m not into surveys or psychometric assessments. BTW,  I … Continue reading

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We Have Created Our Own Shortage Of People

John Sumser is writing a series of articles about the hiring paradox on HR Examiner. Read the first one, The Hiring Paradox (Skills Gap 1). The gist is this: It takes more time to hire when you have more alternatives. … Continue reading

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Can Anyone That Old Know Anything?

I was talking with a client recently, who was professing his desire for younger candidates. “Can anyone older than 35 or 40 really know anything?” was his concern. I sat there, a little nonplussed. “How old do you think I … Continue reading

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Why is Ageism Alive and Well?

One of the nice things about the social networking sites such as LinkedIn, is that they allow me to reconnect with people I worked with years ago. I recently re-met a colleague from my undergraduate days, and a colleague I … Continue reading

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Don’t Assess Cultural Fit with Personal Questions

In a recent workshop, one of the participants explained, “I like to ask personal questions to see if the candidate will fit in with the team socially.” Well, that’s an illegal discrimination. * in the US, but not in other … Continue reading

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