With registration over, I finally had time to put a dent in my 600+ item RSS feed. I hit a Lifehacker trifecta. (Lifehacker is a web site that provides “Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.” The founding editor is Gina Trapani, whose personal mission is to “build apps that try to change the world—or just make life easier.”)
Article number one in the daily trifecta is entitled, “Want to Be a Great Leader? Start Reading.” Follow the link if you want to read John Coleman’s take on how “deep, broad reading habits are often a defining characteristic of great leaders, and can catalyze insight, innovation, empathy, and personal effectiveness.” Do I hear cheering from our Humanities and English departments?
I am in the midst of interviewing candidates for a number of positions at the College, so I was intrigued by “The Hardest Job Interview Questions – And How to Ace Them.” A close reader will find the link that lists the toughest companies for which to interview. Tops on the list is McKinsey. I hear that our Reinvention team is using a modified McKinsey-style interview for team lead candidates. Could CCC make the list in the future? My favorite of the tough questions is “What questions do you have for me?” The question unearths candidates who want to understand if the position is a good fit for them, and vice versa. A question back at me about how this role fits in our overall strategy, or how we will measure the outcomes, shows thoughtfulness. Many squander the opportunity.
The last piece is entitled, “My Paleo Media Diet.” Given I spent a fair amount of time during registration away from my computer, phone or iPad, the author’s comments about the productivity of being disconnected hit home.