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Add an office tour to job interviews

Blogger and former human resources manager Peggy Carouthers recommends adding a step to your interview process: An office tour. Getting out of chairs and walking around the office together offers an informal chance for interviewers and candidates to gauge each other and make better decisions on whether they fit together. Brazen.com

For blue ocean thinking, look to Trudeau

Managers can learn blue ocean strategy from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s victory last year, Insead business school professor Fares Boulos says. The idea is to swim where the competition doesn’t, in his case by breaking three rules – arguing that deficits aren’t evil, governments should be activist, and adopting a positive rather than negative campaign tone. Insead Knowledge

Help staff get what you’re saying

Tired of offering feedback to direct reports and having it ignored? Blogger Laurie Ruettimann suggests saying it slowly, since in stressful situations employees hear every third word if you’re lucky, or saying it differently (without business jargon). Also: Say it again but in writing, to light a fire. LaurieRuettimann.com

Get employees to grasp the bottom line

Business coach Rick Crossland believes every employee should be able to answer this question: What profit does your business need to sustain healthy operations? Most won’t know what level is required to generate the elements of prosperity they want, whether it’s accomplishing social good, giving raises or bonuses, making capital investments, or hiring more employees. Fortune.com

The next phase after e-mail

What will replace e-mail? Adrienne LaFrance of The Atlantic Magazine suggests Slack, a real-time messaging platform built for the mobile era, is an example of what’s ahead, offering a shared digital space for colleagues so that they can dip in and out of the conversation as needed. TheAtlantic.com

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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