Mark Bregman's Blog – June 2011 Archive (13)

Why Do Your Customers Trust You?

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.  - Abraham Lincoln

One of our local business newspapers,… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on June 29, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Growth, Jobs and Tax Rates

I just happened to be surfing business news on the Washington Post when I spotted a headline about tax rates and job creation in one graph.  That led to two articles: The Myth of the Lower Marginal Tax Rates, and Rich…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 29, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Least Favorite Interview Questions

There was a question posted in the LinkedIn Q&A Staffing and Recruiting section that I’ve been wanting to comment on.  The question is:  What is your least favorite interview question to ask or answer?  The question gathered 54 answers, from both recruiters and job seekers.  I’m fascinated by the answers.  I find that both sides, recruiters and job seekers, are…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 28, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

… More about Difficult People

In our newsletter last month, we published “Poison Control” – an article on how to deal with toxic individuals in the workplace (e-mail me for a copy).  This week, Peter Cappelli published an article called Managing the Difficult Employee, in which he points out that there are a lot of…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 24, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Wild and Crazy Resumes

Most recruiters are still trying to get candidates to switch to bullet points instead of paragraphs, and use one font consistently. 

One sector that has gone way beyond bullet points is the media business.  Just for the fun of it, take a look at this article 7 Ingenious Resumes That Will Make…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 23, 2011 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Doing More by Working Less

Ages ago, when I was in Architectural school, modernism ruled the day, and most students embraced the motto “Less Is More” (Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe).  This aesthetic of minimalism had a foundational philosophy of simplicity – don’t surround people with too much complexity (in design) and they will be more in…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 20, 2011 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Resumes with No Address

I answered the following question on LinkedIn today, and thought I’d publish my thoughts on whether a home address is on resumes.

Q:  There is a growing concern among employment candidates with putting their home addresses on their resumes. Would you consider a candidate who sent you a resume with only a phone number or email contact?

A:  One…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 20, 2011 at 11:30am — 15 Comments

Tactical Problem Resolution = Money in the Bank

Tactics are underrated.  Problem solving is taken for granted.  Business leaders want to hire executives who are strategic, who take a big picture view, who can make long term plans, guide and mentor others in the plan execution, and not get bogged down in details.

Interestingly, when I ask high level candidates…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 16, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

“Our Most Important Asset…”

 



Many business leaders cite what has become a cliché: that people, human capital, are their company’s most important asset.  But do most CEO’s walk the talk?  In an article last week in the Harvard Business Review called The Only Thing That…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 16, 2011 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Executives Want Change- Even Lateral Moves!

Executives want to change jobs at an alarming rate, but they don’t necessarily expect to move up.  According to a recent comprehensive survey by BlueSteps (a career management service of the Association of…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 10, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments

Robots Lure Kids To ManufacturingRobots Lure Kids To Manufacturing

The National Tooling and Machining Association is using Robots to make engineering and manufacturing jobs look cool to kids and young adults.

A recent article by NPR called Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs, reports that the NTMA runs…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 8, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Don’t Act Your Age – Act 90!

I spotted an article last week by OC Register columnist (and frequent writer on aging well) Jane Glenn Haas entitled Tips for keeping your mind, body engaged.  Haas points out that the median age of Americans is climbing, and baby boomers are… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on June 8, 2011 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

Culture, Clothes and Pantyhose

Several of my recent blogs and articles have been about company culture, and how it is formed by policy, and by internal habits and behaviors.  So far, I have…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 1, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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