Friday, 30 December 2011

Management, Leadership, Career and Resume Help

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Historically management and a managers attributes have been seen as falling along a line that runs from: autocratic --- through --- democratic --- to --- laissez-fair. Mangers once picked a style and stuck with it.

Modern attitudes and practices are a little more enlightened and beliefs in such old methods need to be dismissed. With managers needing to be leaders a dilemma occurs because management has been about rules, input control, supervision, discipline and maintaining the status quo. Leadership is though more about vision, risk taking, inspiration of followers, destroying the old, seeking new opportunities and creating more effective outputs.

A major requirement for modern mangers/leaders is to have or develop high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQi emotional quotient intelligence) which is said to contribute 80-90% of the competencies that distinguish outstanding from average leaders.

IQ is obviously important in understanding the technical aspects of a leadership role, particularly in creating your vision setting and strategic planning; however, in higher levels of organizations, differences in technical skills become less important or perhaps as some argue, of no importance at all. Vision, excellence in communication and the ability to inspire others is where success lies

The site "orglearn" is dedicated to providing at least some basic management/leadership information and links to other resources that will help at work students of management and human behaviour, to at least make a start into what, if you are to be successful, will need to be a "lifetime study". Not every manager has the time or resources to undertake formal study or courses. Most of my time is spent in training young managers in the competencies needed to fulfill their role particularly when they move from being the technical expert to become "the Manager" and I thought the resources provided on orglearn may help.

The second role of this site is to provide individuals with advice on how to complete their resume. This section grew through popular demand and resume writers from all over the planet have found the free blank resume form and it is used constantly. You fill in the resume form online edit it print it out (see resume form instructions) and even send it to Ric for backup.

Resume - Curriculum Vitae - Your Brand
Your resume is perhaps one of the most important career documents you have and investing time on resume improvement is never wasted. A generic or all-purpose resume is OK however you must edit or make your resume to specifically match the particulat job you are applying for. If you require personal help with preparing/editing your resume their is a link and further information at the bottom of the blank resume form, resume samples and examples and resume help tips page here: resume examples samples form and resume writing tips Ric

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Richard Townsend orglearn Organizational Learning

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"orglearn" was set up as a resource center concerned with management, leadership and the issues we need to consider in both these roles. The regular blog updates are to provide users with 'new' ideas to grow knowledge over time. The site and others linked were aimed to point you to information on management best practice, work issues, careers & succes, job search issues and to help with our best personal management balance sheet, the all important... "resume". The site contains a resume template / resume form with great examples of positive statements that visitors can edit and use.


According to Peter Drucker... "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things".

From Jack Welch's perspective mangers need to deal with two fundamental issues and he says... 'You can't grow long-term if you can't eat short-term. Anybody can manage short. Anybody can manage long. Balancing those two things is what [effective] management is'.

In our quest to be an outstanding managers, or more importantly perhaps effective leaders, the following Zig Ziglar advice is pertinent... "Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission". I agree however first we need a powerful vision.

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The Cornerstone of Success... Why we need a strong VISION of the future!

Lewis Carroll’s, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland gives insights into why a vision is so important. In the story when Alice asks the Cheshire Cat “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to walk from here”… the Cat’s response is: ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to go (end up)’… ‘I don’t much care where’… ‘then it doesn’t matter which way you walk’… etc. Vision (which she did not possess) sets our direction.

The Little Oxford Dictionary I have defines Vision as “…foresight, good judgement in planning…”

Vision statements help us define why we are here in terms of where we want to be in the future.

A vision is perhaps… “a statement of intent” according to the Drucker Foundation’s book “The Organization of the Future” (page 351)

In the Power of Vision video – futurist Joel Barker offers ‘Visions need to be developed by leaders (you need on a personal level be your own leader) and must be shared with the team (family and friends) & the team must support it’. ‘Sharing leads to agreement on direction’. ‘Writing a vision statement is not enough; it must be taken in and acted upon’. ‘Visions must be positive challenging and worth the effort’ and “Vision is never expressed in financial numbers”.

In the book on vision, “The North Bound Train” by Karl Albrecht on page 150 he advises: good visions need to contain “a focussed concept” or a “value creation premise that people can actually picture as existing”, “a sense of noble purpose” or “something really worth doing” (he means I believe a worthwhile future state of existence) and finally “a plausible chance of success” or “something people can realistically believe to be possible”.

Possibly one of the most famous vision statements from history is that of President Kennedy who in 1960 declared, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."

I personally like the statement of Thomas Edison (possibly influenced by his friend Henry Ford)… ‘Cheap electric light for everyone’

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

So Where Do We Go When We Die

I recently read an article that discussed what we would leave behind when we died. Being a recent cancer survivor this thought resonated with me.

Additionally a website I had created for my local community had expired as no one had bothered to renew it. It was gone wiped possibly never to be seen again.

So what will happen to all the years of work and effort I have put into my website and other activities on the web? What about all the articles I have written and posted to my self hosted WordPress blogs?

With that in mind I thought perhaps I should reproduce my "stuff" ('wisdom') on a public site that at  least in theory would float around in the web-sphere forever. Hence this blog.

The images above are of my website created on: 12-Oct-1999 21:24:56 UTC. The initial idea was to provide a resource site for my management trainees. The site's interactive resume form became quite popular and I monetized the site in the early 2000's using Google AdSense. Until recently a reasonable, if small, income was produced, however the now infamous Panda algorithm change has cut the income by 2/3rds.

I was hoping to leave a small steady income stream for my grandchild (grandchildren) however that is proving a difficult and time consuming, albiet an intellectually challenging, process.

I will gradually transfer all the information from the site to this blog... hmmm then there is the duplicate information problem.

So what what will you leave behind of your thoughts and accumulated wisdom when you die?

To view the site the address is and it is full of career success tips and articles.

Hope you will find your way back here for updates and articles.

Ric (Richard Ian Selby Townsend)