How to Hire the Best People

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How would you hire a new employee? Well, most of us create a job ad, wait for applications and then interview the candidates who have the best technical skills and experience.

That’s the traditional recruiting process, and it’s pretty popular. However, it’s hardly ideal.

After all, this process only targets job-seekers, narrowing your search to candidates who are unemployed or unhappy with their current jobs.

Another problem with the traditional recruiting process is that it’s hard to get an accurate sense of candidates’ actual technical expertise from the interview alone. Because believe it or not, studies show that close to 80 percent of interviewees lie.

Furthermore, it’s difficult to accurately gauge expertise because you, the interviewer, are probably biased. Even when you focus on evaluating technical skills, subconsciously you’re making your decision according to other factors. For instance, people who are tall and have deep voices are more likely to get hired, because interviewers connect these qualities with good health.

Since there are many problems with the traditional recruiting process, you need to change your approach. It’s recommended you get creative with interviews and also giving your employees a larger role in the process.

So when you need to make a new hire, rally your employees. Let them ask around and tap their own networks. This way, you stand a better chance of finding great employees outside the basic applicant pool.

And then, once you have your candidates, introduce creativity into the interview process. To avoid the lies, avoid too many questions relating to technical expertise. Instead, ask questions to determine whether candidates would fit in with your team and determine how inspired the candidate is to fill the role and goals to be accomplished in the position being offered.

Written by John Krumbach 

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3 Ways To Keep Your Team Focused and Organized

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1. Allow Employees Flexibility


If you haven’t adopted this new way of thinking in business, you are far behind. Now it is popular to allow flexibility in the workplace. Give your employees more freedom by allowing them to work from home at-least one day of the week and to adopt work hours to their lifestyle. By doing this the employees will be much more focused and put in that extra effort because they don’t want to loose the amazing opportunity. As long as you have invested in a solid social project management tool, you will be even more organized than before.

2.  Have a Regular Meeting Schedule 


Face-to-face meetings are great but it is very hard to get everyone involved because people are busy. Instead of having a lot of face-to-face meetings have one once a week/month, at the same time and in the same place and make it mandatory. Talk about the main issues, address them, and see what everyone’s priorities are. Once all the priorities are set, each employee can import them into a priority manager, which will allow each person and the person in charge to change the order of the priorities. Also you will be able to add new priorities throughout the week, from virtually anywhere.

3. Have All Files and Tasks Organized by Projects

Email is good, but you can spend too much time searching for files and tasks, and eventually some fall through the cracks. By having a place where you can collaborate with your team online and organize tasks, files and conversations by projects, you will never miss another file or deadline ever again. It is really convenient to have a virtual office with a UI similar to a social network, so everyone can easily use it to be more productive.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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4 Surefire Ways to Create a Great Company Culture

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In order to run a successful business, it is important that your employees are given a positive environment to work in. Instead of hiring someone to fix the culture in the business, influence it yourself. Here are four ways to do just that:

  1. Have a people-centered point of view when it comes to the workplace

A spectacular thing happens when bosses treat their employees with empathy and understanding; they feel respected and appreciated, which in turn improves their work performance. Keep in mind that the people you hire have lives as complicated and vivid as your own. Treating them as such will foster a caring environment in which everyone feels content to be in.

2. Use the company’s mission statement as an outline for your own personal goals

By integrating the company’s values with your own personal ones, the work you do will feel twice as important and relevant to you. Making your own work important will boost your motivation and help you feel more accomplished.

3. Participate in projects that you can excel at and grow from

By putting yourself into your best possible work – the work you love that excites you – you will challenge yourself and grow from the experience. Others will see you achieving this, and that can inspire them to follow your way of working.

4. Help others to find the work that challenges and fulfills them

This ties closely to #3. Once you find your area of work that helps you reach peak performance, pay attention to your co workers or employees when they reach this level of engagement as well. Observe what makes them excited to work, and try to provide them with as many ways to engage in the work that motivates them in this way.


Creating an amazing company culture will optimize the work being done, resulting in better results and improvements. Try this with your company, and spot the differences you make in the little time it takes to follow the steps above.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

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The Secret to Improving Your Workplace

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Create an environment of trust by being a good listener and setting a good example.

No matter how decisive and visionary you are as a leader, you also need to be a good communicator if you want to carry out your plans and ensure that your workplace operates smoothly.

So how do you ensure that you’re a good communicator? The key is to listen and be no-judgmental.

And when it comes to listening, you need to be an active listener, which is all about showing the other person that you’re listening carefully, in order to build trust. To achieve this, maintain direct eye contact and make sure that your body language shows that you’re paying attention. Also, make sure you only speak half as much as the other person.

And to stay non-judgmental, keep your emotions in check. That way, any feedback you give won’t be taken personally.

Being an active, non-judgmental listener is an important part of being an effective leader, but it’s not the only thing: You also have to set a good example for your employees.

After all, people naturally mimic their superiors. When we see success in other people, we automatically try to emulate it in order to become more successful ourselves.

In other words, the way you conduct yourself as a leader will trickle down to employees. And in fact, studies have shown that CEOs who are naturally warm lead more cohesive teams; similarly, curious-minded CEOs tend to have flexible and risk-tolerant teams.

This means you should take steps to ensure that you’re promoting good behaviour. For example, behave calmly and never get angry, even when confronted with frustrating challenges. This will create an environment of trust, leading to a calm and happy staff.

Written by John Krumbach 

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Design the Workplace for Productivity

People working at busy modern officeBoost productivity by designing a comfortable, pleasant office that your employees love.

Although looks aren’t everything, humans are visual creatures. So to that end, what does your workplace look like? Do you feel happy when you look around? Or do you feel depressed every time you step into the office?

These are important questions to ask, but few companies bother. Most managers assume that a good employee can do the same good work anywhere.

But this kind of thinking is seriously misguided. After all, just think how much more inspired you’d feel at an office with large windows and great views  than in an office cubicle, with its dark, oppressive barriers.

But unfortunately, too many offices are negligent on this point, settling for drab, badly designed spaces that depress workers and damage productivity.

However, there are a few easy guidelines you can follow to improve your office space for the benefit of your employees.

First, allow human evolution to guide your design process. So for instance, today we don’t like exposing our backs because the same position would have left our distant ancestors vulnerable to a predator attack. Therefore, to make your staff more comfortable, don’t make them sit with the back of their chairs facing the open room.

Also, humans have an deep-seated love of nature, so make sure your office has lots of windows and that your staff can see outside.

It’s also worth noting that no matter how well you design your office, the best way to make your staff comfortable is by letting them choose their own workplace. Optimally, employees should have a choice of working in three different rooms, as well as the option to work from home. In other words, create lots of alternatives and cede control to your employees.

After all, creating a comfortable, pleasant environment will boost workplace productivity – so do your best to create an office people love.

Friendship Creates High-Performing Teams

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Cultivating friendship in the workplace is a powerful way to motivate your employees.

Although it’s common knowledge that effective teamwork is an essential component of any company’s success, many managers mistakenly believe that friendship isn’t necessarily conducive to this kind of collaboration. But in fact, truly high-performing teams are made up of friends, not mere acquaintances.

And there are many reasons that’s true. Friends are far less likely to let each other down, which means they support each other and deliver on their promises. From a business perspective, that means friendship-centric teams are less likely to fail.

Friendship also negates loneliness. This is not a trivial point, as loneliness can have devastating effects on your body and your work. But unfortunately, loneliness is too common in many offices when employees feel alienated from their colleagues – the emotional equivalent of working in a cubicle. It does not promote happiness and productivity among staff.

So what can you do to mitigate the negative effects of loneliness and cultivate friendship among your employees? Well, it helps to understand how people become friends in the first place, and that is through physical proximity, familiarity and by reaffirming similarity. In other words, people become friends when they work together on the same tasks again and again.

You can make sure your workplace is conducive to this process by eliminating cubicles and any other barriers. Additionally, you can organize group activities like obstacle races or running competitions. Physical activities like these promote friendship by producing a rush of adrenaline, a powerful hormone that makes it easier to connect with those around you.

Ultimately, an environment that supports friendship will help generate a communal feeling of pride in the organization itself. And when your team is proud of the work they do, they’ll be motivated to produce better work.

Written by John Krumbach 

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Use Positive Emotions to Increase Productivity

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Try to recall a childhood experience you loved wholeheartedly. Maybe it was a holiday at the beach, maybe it was a sporting event. Whatever it was, you probably get a warm feeling when you remember it. And it probably makes you feel more energetic.

Well, companies should promote these kinds of positive emotions in their staff, as that will lead to increased productivity. There are many ways to do this: You can hold office events during holidays like Easter or Halloween, or you can organize sports teams and book clubs.

These events needn’t be costly or grandiose. In fact, instead of focusing on extravagance, simply focus on frequency. That way, you can provide staff with many positive emotions and memories, large or small – ultimately creating a positive environment.

Think it’s impossible to create a pleasant atmosphere at a boring old office? Well, think again: Any environment can be a positive one with just a few simple tweaks.

For example, casinos are depressing because they aim to enable patrons to lose as much money as possible. However, if you swap out money for valueless plastic chips and offer free drinks, a casino becomes a fun, pleasant place.

Of course, people can’t be happy all the time, because we all have a dark side. But that’s not a bad thing – embrace it!

Think about it like this: When positive emotions are overly emphasized and negative emotions are disregarded, people stop thinking critically and become less receptive to substantive feedback. As a result, the whole company becomes more error-prone.

It’s also worth noting that not every department requires the same level of positivity to promote good results. Because although an uplifting atmosphere benefits salespeople – who need positive energy to build successful relationships with clients – it would not necessarily benefit accountants, who need to be more meticulous with their work.

Written by John Krumbach 

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3 Principles For Massive Success

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In order to reach successes, go by the following principles:

Exceed the line of super-credibility

When you surround yourself with successful people, you get to borrow their credibility. Others will take you seriously and won’t question you because you are above the line of super-credibility. Even when we doubt ourselves, sometimes we take ease in knowing that others believe in us more than we do.

When you are under the line of credibility, people dismiss you immediately and don’t take you seriously. Above the line of credibility, you are given a chance to prove yourself, and your words are believed without a shadow of a doubt.

Set yourself up to succeed

Act always toward success, in your mind and in practical terms. Focus intensively on a solution instead of fixating on obstacles.   Picture your end goal and act upon it, visualize success every time an obstacle presents – it will provide you with the vision on which resources to use and how to overcome any obstacle, it will provide you with strength and the will to reach your goals, it will provide you solutions to reach your aspirations. Whatever you seek is also seeking you.

When in doubt THINK

Don’t give up when people throw obstacles in your path because they don’t believe your vision is possible. Devise creative ways to find solutions, and find the people who share your vision and are exited to help you achieve it.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

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Playing Is Key for Team Success

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Establishing an atmosphere of play will encourage creativity and give your staff an incentive to work hard.

Imagine this scenario: Your boss expects you to come up with a creative solution by the end of the day. Working under pressure, you try as hard as you can, and yet the solution you’re looking for couldn’t be farther away.

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common workplace dilemma. Because after all, it’s hard to be creative when you’re under pressure. That’s why as a manager you should establish an environment that promotes play; this will take the pressure off and relax your staff, ultimately encouraging creativity.

What’s the best way to do this?

Well, you can start by freeing up your staff’s timetables and carving out space for games and athletic activity: For instance, your company can organize a running club or a football team. You can install some game consoles or simply buy a few board games.

Although there are benefits to bringing actual games into the office, it’s also advantageous to incorporate the logic of play into your working processes.

Think about it like this: One big reason games are so compelling is that they provide instant feedback. For instance, when you successfully play a video game, you’re instantly rewarded: You pass to ever-more advanced levels and secure high scores.

Everyone likes this kind of recognition because, simply put, it makes us feel good about ourselves. And in fact, it can even make us healthier. Because believe it or not, studies have shown that Oscar-winning actors outlive mere nominees by an average of four years!

Bearing that in mind, make sure that your staff’s hard work is noticed and recognized. And don’t rely on that old standby, the Employee of the Month Award, because recognizing one person at a time is too limited. Instead, take advantage of social media to call out great work and recognize each and every success, whenever it happens!

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

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Boost Workplace Productivity By Being Flexible

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To boost workplace productivity, managers should promote schedule flexibility and embrace failure.

What’s the best way for you as a workplace leader to manage the productivity of your staff?

According to traditional thinking, productivity is best achieved when employees spend nearly all their time working as hard as possible.

But although this old-fashioned approach was well-suited to the mechanical work that proliferated during the Industrial Revolution, today it’s seriously outdated.

Instead, modern society’s most successful managers eschew the rigid nine-to-five formula, encouraging staff to carve out flexible work schedules. In other words, they let employees work when and where they feel most comfortable.

For instance, old-fashioned managers might view napping as a waste of time. But in fact, napping is a great way for staff to keep their energy levels up for longer. (Of course, we’re talking about a 20-minute power-nap – not a long, deep sleep.)

So to that end, a manager wanting to promote productivity might skip the new espresso machine and buy a cozy futon instead.

Similarly, managers should create firm boundaries between work and home life. For example, Volkswagen and Daimler cut off e-mail access after business hours, allowing employees to recharge at night and be more productive during the day.

Practices like these are sure to boost productivity, but if you really want to ensure that your employees achieve at the highest level, you also have to embrace failure.

After all, no one can work at their full potential if they feel pressured to produce flawless work hour after hour. That’s simply too much stress!

A stress-free environment isn’t the only advantage of embracing failure: This attitude will also promote experimentation, leading to a culture of innovation.

To really understand the link between failure and innovation, consider this: The greatest inventions in human history followed repeated failure. Edison, for example, spent years trying and failing before he finally managed to invent the lightbulb.

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