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Top 10 Elite Job Interview Questions

As CEOs and HR directors focus more on leadership, leadership potential and leadership development, we might consider some of these questions. Remember that interview questions should rarely be asked simply for curiosity. There are usually expected answers, but less factual information or looking for the “one right answer” than insights to analysis, evaluation and presentation. […]

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How to Close Down Conversations

Knowing library culture, I probably should have known better. Two weeks ago I posted some “thoughtful questions” about library conferences and accountability. Nothing wrong with that. But then I went to a library conference. Went with a dozen or so graduate students to discuss professional socialization and trend-spotting. Invited association leaders to speak to them […]

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What is Wrong with Our Associations? Part II

What do remarkable associations do that others don’t? Well, wouldn’t you know it? There is some research in this area. There are seven measures that are common, stated below with a few comments and observations by me. Commitment to Purpose 1. A Customer Service Culture—“We’re here to serve you.” 2. Alignment of Products and Services […]

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9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People

Jeff Haden makes some very interesting points in his post on the Inc. site. I m not sure that I consider myself “remarkably” successful but I have had and continue to have a very rewarding (on several levels) career and his list resonated with me. Time doesn’t fill me. I fill time. I wish that […]

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Library CEO Networking

Library CEO Networking Tip of the Year

I have recommended Work the Pond and Positive Networking in the past. I found this Top Tip of the Year particularly compelling, especially as an educator and mentor to newer professionals. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if library CEOs had to beat off new librarians instead of wondering about their experiences? Top Library CEO Networking Tip Of The Year […]

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Upping the Ante on Expertise

I have been arguing recently that the information marketplace is a crowded space (nothing new there) and if there is any scarcity it is in articulating and leveraging our unique expertise. There are many ways by which this scenario might play out. One is marketing and advocacy. We pride ourselves on “front-line advocacy” but when […]

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Three Role Features of Professional Librarians

What distinguishes the role of a professional librarian from that of a library technician? For the sake of definition, a professional librarian is someone who has a university degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. A library technician is someone who has a high school education, as a minimum, and a diploma […]

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Are Extraverts Better Managers and Leaders?

  Extraverts represent a majority of the general population yet Introverts represent a majority of professional librarians. Studies suggest that these majorities range from 60-75% overall.     What do these words mean and, more importantly, do they make a difference? Accordingly to Myers-Briggs type theory, everyone has both an extraverted side and an introverted […]

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Building a Better Manager

How do you determine what makes a great branch manager? The results would be fairly obvious, I suspect… along the lines of have a clear vision and strategy for your team, help staff with career development, be productive and results-oriented… All standard stuff. Well, Google found the same results but they took a more methodical […]

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Mentorship has changed over the past few years. Two of the biggest changes that I have observed have been the movement from one mentor to more of a “board of directors” and the change from age- and experience-based mentorship to more of a recognition that there is much to be learned from younger colleagues once […]

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