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By Jolie Miller | Sunday, July 19, 2015

6 Time-Management Hacks for Busy Managers

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Do you ever feel like your work days could easily balloon to 12-16 hours if you let them? Being able to constantly evolve your time management to work smarter is a key skill for surviving a hectic workload.

You’re already good at what you do, and fast. From here, it’s little tweaks that take you from productive to unstoppable.

Here are the time-management hacks that keep me sane.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, July 14, 2015

6 Steps to Better One-on-One Meetings

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My team volunteered me to write this article because they like our one-on-one meetings.

If there’s a secret to my one-on-ones, it’s that I run them on instinct, not agenda. It’s about the people, not about the process, and that has never steered me wrong in meetings or elsewhere as a manager. I want to hear or see the smile on the other end. In fact, if I’m reading body language that indicates there’s a problem, I’ll start a 1:1 meeting by saying, “You don’t look happy. What’s wrong?”

A 1:1 is an opportunity to recharge your employees so they can go back out and do their work with renewed energy, commitment, and excitement. It’s their time—not yours. You can tell you’re being effective if you hear things like, “I feel so much better now that I’ve talked to you” or “That helps” or “I wasn’t sure about it, but now that I’ve talked it through, I get it.”

All too often, though, 1:1s follow humdrum, tactical lists of tasks or become all about progress reports. That’s not good for anyone and can be handled by project-management tracking, dashboards in your company’s systems, and casual drop-by chit chat. The 1:1 is too important a time to focus on how xyz is going.

Here are the elements I keep in mind for my one-on-one meetings.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get Some Accountability! Starting Today

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If there’s one thing I’m absolutely crazy about, it’s follow through. I love people who do it.

Ship what you committed to ship. Be where you said you’d be. Step up and say you messed up; it wasn’t anyone else’s fault but yours. It all makes my heart happy—because it’s honest.

Accountability is a distinguishing and competitive career advantage. It’s also something you can learn—not a hard-wired trait, but a habit you have to practice to develop.

So let’s start building those accountability muscles! I can help.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Social Media Fixes for Job-Hunting Grads

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Scrolling through Twitter the other day, I was surprised to see how many people using the hashtags #jobhunting and #jobsearch were being extremely careless in talking about their job hunts.

“Oh man, I guess I have to start job hunting tomorrow.”

“So tired of this job search!”

“Searching for months, and a job’s never going to come.”

Folks! Your prospective employers are going to see this; if you have any resume out there in the ether right now, assume someone already has seen this. If you’re tired before you get started, how are you going to feel when you’re actually doing the job?

Let me help you erase some of the doubt you might inadvertently be placing in your hiring manager’s mind with some quick social media fixes that will improve your personal brand.

By Jolie Miller | Sunday, June 21, 2015

The 4 Business Skills Recruiters Are Looking for—and Not Finding

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Want to position yourself to be hired? Learn the skills that companies desperately want—but can’t seem to find.

After surveying 1,320 job recruiters at 600+ companies, the 2015 Bloomberg Recruiter Report shed insight into the most desired skills by industry and by scarcity.

Here are the skills everyone is seeking—and the in-depth, watch-anytime courses to help you learn them.

By Jolie Miller | Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Tips for Landing Your First Job Out of College

first job out of college

It’s unfair, really. Moments ago you were marching to “Pomp and Circumstance” and being lauded and applauded for your heroic achievement: graduating college.

But now you’re facing a brand new world of challenges—and starting at the bottom.

You need a job. And we can help.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Are You Ready to Be a Manager? 6 Things You Should Know

Ready to be a manager? Find out

They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even worked for them:

Bad bosses.

From the micromanager to the tyrant to the checked-out guy who’s never available, bad managers make the work life miserable for everyone around them.

Too many people are promoted up the corporate ladder without the skills they need to lead.

Management isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be. If you’re in line for a promotion or dream of a taking a leadership position someday, do yourself and your potential future team a favor: Take time to assess whether you’re truly ready to be a manager — and a good one at that.

Here are the six things I wish I’d known when I stepped into my first management job years ago.

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