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Left handed unicorns

Business leaders tend to have strangely unrealistic expectations about  what constitutes a good IT leader. Keil Hubert suggests that a change of perspective is in order. I wanted to cover something that would resonate with the members of our profession for this week’s piece since this my fiftieth (50th!) column for Lyonsdown. I started the [...]

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Practical Interviewing Techniques (Part 3)

This week’s column follows directly from Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. The premise I submitted back in August was straightforward: as the hiring manager responsible for selecting the best-qualified IT professional for an internal vacancy, how can you be sure that your selection is truly the best out of all the available [...]

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Practical Interviewing Techniques (Part 2)

This week’s column follows directly from last week’s. As the hiring manager responsible for selecting the best-qualified IT professional for an internal vacancy, how can you be sure that your selection is truly the best out of all the available applicants? Especially when all of the applicants are spewing the same practiced interviewing answers? I [...]

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Practical Interviewing Techniques (Part 1)

In last week’s column, I described a duty prioritization exercise that I’ve used in hiring interviews to get inside a potential hire’s head. I received a lot of feedback about that column, including requests to describe some other practical exercises that I’ve used over the years. Delighted to be of service. As a general rule, [...]

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Investment-Grade Material

We’ve been talking a lot these last two weeks about why it’s important to initiate deliberate, compassionate and ambitious investments of training funds and career broadening opportunities in your employees. Investing in your people’s future makes them both happier and loyal to the team. This enthusiasm, in turn, inspires your people to be more diligent [...]

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Just Plane Folk

Last week, we kicked around the idea of why it’s very important to hire dedicated technical support staff for any business that relies on – or, can be harmed by degradation to –commercial computer technology. The seed of the idea (no pun intended) came from an article broadcast last week on APM’s Marketplace, about modern [...]

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