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DO’s and DON’Ts of Motivational Management

April 24, 2011 2 comments
DO’s and DON’Ts of Motivational Management

Practical tips for project team motivation and common pitfalls to avoid

By Vitaly Dubravin

Motivational management has been around for a quite some time, since slavery has proved its inefficiency and process management did everything to suppress initiative and creativity. What is motivational management? Here is a very simple case that explains it.

Imagine you are at the very end of a project, the acceptance day is approaching rapidly and your team is a few days behind the schedule. There are most common management behaviors shown in such case. The first is a childish questioning every team member “Are we there yet?” hourly to demonstrate that you are in control and ready to respond to “How we doing?” from the stakeholder instantaneously. And the second approach is where you have a short morning briefing with the team, once again reemphasize why the importance for “all of us” to catch up, checking who may need help and provide the most comfortable and non-stressful atmosphere for the team to continue cracking the challenge. Read more…

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Hiring team members is easy…isn’t it? Not in technology. – Part II: The Interview and beyond

October 26, 2010 1 comment
Hiring team members is easy…isn’t it? Not in technology. – Part II: The Interview and beyond

Challenges of finding right people for the project on the overcrowded market

By Vitaly Dubravin

My last post (“Hiring team members is easy…isn’t it? Not in technology. – Part I: Before the Interview”) talked about some steps preceding the interview. This part is about the vital steps during the Interview and right after it.

2. The Interview

Face to Face. People are working all over the world and it is hard to bring them in during initial selection. I do not like phone interviews for several reasons. First – there is less confidence that the person on the other end of the line is the same person that will come on your project. Second – there is no assurance that this person is in the country and will not have troubles coming in. Third – I like to see person’s reactions on my questions. For example: the person may be silent on the other end while thinking or is busy checking Internet for an answer. I’d like to know that.

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Hiring team members is easy…isn’t it? Not in technology. – Part I: Before the Interview

October 25, 2010 2 comments
Hiring team members is easy…isn’t it? Not in technology. – Part I: Before the Interview

Challenges of finding right people for the project on the overcrowded market

By Vitaly Dubravin

Every manager sooner or later is facing a challenge of hiring new team members. I don’t make a big difference between hiring of a full time person or a consultant. Both will be equal team members. This process may be very formal or extremely flexible, depending on the company’s culture. But the ultimate result may either save you tons of money and nerve cells when you find someone really good or cost you a lot if a mistake is made. Here are some considerations from my own team building experience.

Market was going down for a few years in a row and there is a common illusion that there are plenty of high-skilled workers who can be hired for a dime. Yes, many good people were laid off but that was a measure of the last resort. Office plankton was the first to be kicked out. People with outdated skills were the next in the line. Such “talents” present a vast majority of the widely available resources in the online resume databases. It does not mean that it is not possible to hire a person you really need. You simply have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding a princess.

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