By Jolie Miller | Sunday, July 19, 2015
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
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 23, 2015
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 | Monday, May 18, 2015
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
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
They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even worked for them:
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.
By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015
I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.
So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.
Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.
But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:
By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 14, 2015
If you’re job-hunting, or considering a transition to a new role in your current company, take some time in your interviewing process to really scout the new boss you’d be working for.
One of the most important predictors of your job success is your fit with your manager:
Do you communicate in similar ways? Is he invested in you and your career? Will she person help you advance and learn new skills?
It’s hard to know any of these answers before you start the job. But I have a few tricks that have helped me vet new superiors.
Here’s what you have to do:
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