Barbara O'Connor

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How to Improve Your Business Writing

You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications stand out?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Overworked …

Make Enterprise Software People Actually Love

There is a big, important change happening in digital product design. For a long time, there has been a clear split between business software (often called Enterprise or B2B), and consumer software (B2C, or simply “products”). That split is increasingly irrelevant.<p>As a product designer, I cut my …

How to Conduct an Effective Job Interview

The virtual stack of resumes in your inbox is winnowed and certain candidates have passed the phone screen. Next step: in-person interviews. How should you use the relatively brief time to get to know — and assess — a near stranger? How many people at your firm should be involved? How can you tell …

Overcoming Feedback Phobia: Take the First Step

<b>Situation 1: Asking for it</b><p>You’re sitting at your desk when an e-mail pops up from your boss that cryptically states, “Please come to my office; we need to talk.” What’s the first thing you think?<p>For most people it’s, “Oh no – what did I do now!” or “Good gosh, what went wrong!” Of course it <i>is</i> …

Even Small Companies Can Tap Big Data If They Know Where to Look

Small and medium-size businesses are often intimidated by the cost and complexity of handling large amounts of digital information. A recent study of 541 such firms in the UK showed that none were beginning to take advantage of big data.<p><i>None</i>.<p>That means these firms and a lot of others are at a …

On a Terrible Team? Maybe You’re Making It Worse

I was working away at my desk when the phone rang. It was the CEO of a small financial organization. He was looking for help with what he referred to as his “toxic” executive team. I told him about our Team Inoculation program, which we affectionately call “the flu shot for teams.”<p>“Do you have a</i> …

What if Performance Management Focused on Strengths?

In previous posts I praised Microsoft’s rejection of individual performance ratings as the building block for an effective performance management system, and described why rating people on a list of competencies is a flawed method for improving their performance.<p>Obviously we need a new system. And …

The Dangers of Codependent Mentoring

Even the most talented, charismatic, and self-sufficient people need the help and cooperation of other people if they are to realize their true potential. For this reason, mentoring others in the organization to achieve ever-higher levels of performance is something we should all subscribe to. It …

This Is What It Looks Like When a Google Manager Gets Feedback

Using a rigorous, data-driven hiring process, Google goes to great lengths to attract young, ambitious self-starters and original thinkers. It screens candidates’ résumés for markers that indicate potential to excel there — especially general cognitive ability. People who make that first cut are …