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Technique, Not Technology

Please note that this week’s is going to be a shorter column than usual. After putting in twenty-two hours of work over this last weekend, I’m a bit crispy ‘round the edges this morning. So, if you don’t mind, straight to the point. Sharp: OK, maybe not this kind of point. I ended my column [...]

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To Protect and Servo

I asked Gareth, my mate over at Lyonsdown, what he’d like this week’s ‘blog topic to cover, and he surprised me by firing back:             “For the next column, would you mind writing something for us that relates to Microelectronics?” He caught me a bit off-guard with that. In true Texan form [1], I clumsily [...]

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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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Three good reasons to invest

I ended last week’s column with this heart-felt advice: As I’d expected, this aphorism didn’t inspire anyone to submit an opposing position. I’ve been challenging leaders and managers to adopt this position for over twenty years, and I rarely ever encounter outright opposition to it. Usually, I get a polite nod, and maybe a mild [...]

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Synergistic investment

The end of July has been pretty difficult. We’ve lost a lot of people, we’re poised to lose even more, and we aren’t replacing them fast enough. That’s okay, though. First thing Tuesday morning, one of my part-time infrastructure techs came to my office to let me know that his full-time employer [1] has outsourced [...]

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