A week in 5 things

A week in 5 things

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Here’s 5 things from this week that I thought I’d share:

  1. Recruitment is far harder than I ever thought possible. My expectations were that it would be a piece of cake. Advertise, get swamped by applicants, choose the best, hire, then sit back and all is rosy. This is not the case.
    Recruitment is a difficult, time-consuming process and the risks to getting it wrong can be great, not only in money, but in time and effort spent in bringing people on board. This onboarding process needs to be your focus when you bring someone into your organisation.
  2. Never underestimate the loyalty of a team to pull you out of a sticky situation. When we lost a team member this week and before I had a chance to get into full blown panic mode over the amount of work outstanding, I had two offers from colleagues to help out.
  3. Google Home – What does this mean for the future of tech comms. I’m getting very used to asking Google Home for information. How long before it understands what’s on my screen and is able to help in a contextual sense with software?
  4. With a larger remote team and still the need for meaningful 121s, I’ve taken to organising the 121s across two afternoons every other week. This does mean that I’m losing almost a full day every 10 days to 121s, due to time needed to write up notes and action any points that come up, but it’s time well spent.
    To get the most out of the 121s I aim to let my report direct the conversation. There’s a great little book—The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way Your Lead Forever—that outlines some good, simple approaches to these meetings.
  5. I’ve been asked to write an article for the ISTC communicator journal. I dithered a little on this before saying yes, but figured that I always learn something from putting one of these together.
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