LinkedIn, Craigslist and other online sites can help you find prospective candidates quickly -- as many mainstream firms have discovered. But Facebook and MySpace, blogs and online association membership lists can be treasure troves where you just might find the passive candidate that says yes to your ever-so-tempting offer. The coolest part? If you're afflicted with insomnia, you can turn such recruiting into a 24/7 project.
"Equine-assisted learning" can teach teamwork and enhance communication and creativity, the founders of New York-based The Horse Institute say. Before you toss back your mane and give a snort of derision, consider this.
"Horses mirror your intentions" says one owner, meaning they intuit when you're unsure and react accordingly. For instance, a group that had little previous experience was asked to put a halter onto a horse. They look around blankly and watched the horse move away from them.
It's that way at work too. If you're not sure what you're doing, chances are your staff knows that and reacts accordingly. Think through your intentions and make clear what you want, so your staff -- the worker horses -- will get it and do it.
In-the-moment coaching has gained ground as people realize attention and focus can help boost productivity and build relationships. Techniques to accomplish this total focus vary but can include standing meditation, turning one's back to the computer and even pulling the plug on distracting devices.
Boomers who opt to work for companies formed by Generations X or Y workers might be in for a culture shock but still want to fit in, Tammy Erickson writes. She says boomers want to help companies succeed but also want face time and time to catch up to things such as tattoos, Wii and flip flops.