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A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name? Job description? Job prescription? Position contract? In The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber calls the bit of writing that describes the relationship between the business, its results, and the people who do the work as a “position contract” (p. 174).  It may have once been a good label, although the […]

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Hiring Away From

Hiring away from No, not like anchors away…. Hiring a new employee away from another business…  when you know the business owner. Does it matter if he’s a competitor, or simply someone you know? Does it matter if she knew the employee wasn’t working up to potential, and you have a great opportunity? What if […]

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Anosognocia in Hiring

There’s your word for the day! Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers a disability seems unaware of or denies the existence of his or her disability. Medically, it can be the result of certain strokes or brain injuries, in which a person loses awareness that half of his or her body […]

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When “I Can Help” Means, “Run Away!”

When “I can help…” really means, “Run away!!!” You know you’re starting to think about hiring like an employer, when… You listen to an intelligent friend bemoaning her current circumstances.  Life is hard.  Money is short.  It’s hard to get a break. And you hear a thought taking shape in your brain:  “You could come […]

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Subjectivity in hiring decisions

We are subjective, and most of the time, we are clueless about our subjectivity.  Hiring employees, or contractors, is only one arena where this shows up.  If you can find a way to become more conscious of your own subjectivity, you can become more clear about how you make hiring decisions. Earlier this year, Erica […]

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On Hiring Clones

On hiring clones A recent list of “Tips for hiring your first employee” opened with, “Don’t expect to hire a replica of yourself.” I cannot think why I, or anyone else in a small business, would want to.  One of me is trouble enough.  Two of me is a right terrifying thought.  While every business […]

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Favorite Interview Questions, Revisited

Favorite interview questions, reviewed Straight on from thinking about subjectivity in evaluating interview responses, I find a post that illustrates subjectivity in interviewing:  One question you ask in every interview.  Wow!  What a list!  I don’t suggest implementing many of them.  Let’s go through the suggestions: “Are you good at troubleshooting? If they ask me […]

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Can you win without an A Team?

Can You Win Without an A-Team? Of course you want a winning team… and plenty enough people tell you that the best way to win in business is to hire winners, an “A-team,” proven talent, the best employees. Jim Collins, Good to Great:  get the right players on the bus. Jack and Suzy Welch, Winning:  […]

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Recruiting Employees from Subscribers

Recruiting Employees from Subscribers John August is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, he decided it was time to hire a new employee.   His hiring process, as best I can determine from reading the post. 1.  Decide it was time, which involved recognizing that, although he could do everything, he could not […]

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