Scott’s Notes

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* all the notes you would have taken if you had read the book! It’s not cheating – it’s using your time wisely.

Scott Kriscovich

 

Scott has been taking meticulous notes on the books he reads for over a decade. What started as a work project soon developed into a personal habit. He likes to highlight key passages in e-books and add his own observations. He’s found it useful for his own memory as well as his professional development. “I enjoy doing it and hope others can make use of it. I would encourage people to try and set a reasonable goal – one book a quarter, one book every other month – and stick to it,” Scott says. 

 

Favorite business book(s): Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis and Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar.

Favorite genres: mostly non-fiction; history, biography, and business

Favorite fiction: To Kill A Mockingbird

 

More recommended reading from Scott

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Designing Your Life

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

Designing Your Life

What do you want to be when you grow up?

 

When’s the last time someone asked you that?  When you were 10 and you replied optimistically and enthusiastically, “A firefighter” or “A pilot” or “A doctor” or “An Executive Recruiter” (OK no one has ever said that last one!).  Since we are all constantly striving to grow and evolve as professionals and as human beings, it seems to me that we should ask ourselves this questions on a more regular basis.

 

When I am first introduced to someone who is seeking career guidance or needs help exploring options for their career, it is one of several that I ask them to answer.  

 

Why does it matter?  Well, I guess it’s because it’s your life, and so the better you know the answer to that question professionally, the more successful you will be in articulating your goals and the more prepared you will be in assessing opportunities as they present themselves.  As Tim Brown asserts in Change by Design, it’s important to first inform ourselves about what is at stake and to expose the true costs (and benefits) of the choices we make. …if this is not what life is all about, I don’t know what is.

 

“How might you” describe what you want to be when you grow up or how you want to progress in your career and your personal life, etc?  And then how can you actually make it happen?

 

This is often a challenging question and I want to offer an approach to help you answer this question.

 

During the past year we’ve been working with more companies in the Bay Area and have found that those companies more than most have a “Design Thinking” mindset infused into their DNA.

 

That may be commonplace in the start-up world, and Dave Evans and Bill Burnett at the Stanford Business School wrote the book Designing your Life to help you apply similar concepts to thinking about your career.

Of course, to do this, it’s helpful to understand some of the underlying principles of Design Thinking.

And, keep in mind that while Design Thinking can be a Systematic Process, that does NOT mean it is a linear or sequential process…i.e., it can be messy!  Meaning  there is not one way or a “one best way” to move through the process.

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Hiring Mastery (Continued)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

Making Hiring Better

In our last newsletter, I posted that despite all the technological advances we’ve achieved, the ability to identify, attract, and hire great candidates has become more challenging rather than simpler.  Part of the reason is that we’ve either forgotten or abandoned some basic human principles as a result of our misplaced overreliance on that technology.  By keeping in mind the human element and being purposeful and well-intended on the ultimate goal, we can collectively find and hire the right person for the role.

In order to assist with that, I suggested there are some fundamental ways to improve the internal talent acquisition and improve results even when “life happens,” which include:

1)    Recruit your interview team: Ensure that only the people you need, who can add value or are organizationally necessary, are part of the interview team.  Gain their commitment to the process by investing time with them on the requirements of the position, explaining your priorities and what you need from them as participants.  Have back-ups for when there are scheduling conflicts.  Set expectations that any candidates they see will have been well-screened and are serious contenders.  Avoid wasting days after interviews by letting them know up front that their written feedback is important and required immediately after the interview.

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Making Hiring Better

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

Making Hiring Better

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like life is full of contradictions:

  • First of all, it’s getting easier in so many ways, yet so much more complex
  • Kids are typically more challenging to raise as they are becoming more informed, interesting and interactive
  • There is more and more content and less and less to watch
  • Donald Trump……..

And, in the world of business:

As it has become increasingly easier to post and apply for positions yet increasingly difficult to identify and hire great talent.

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“Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

“Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

SUMMARY

The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. It’s the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. –P. Randall Cohan

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Scott’s Notes

Is it ever too late for a new year’s resolution?

We had our TGR 2016 planning meeting not too long ago, with the help of David Dibble from New Agreements, Inc., who did a great job facilitating our discussions.

 

In fact, right now, you’re probably all finishing your 2016 kick-off or planning meetings – they are the business equivalent of New Year’s resolutions.  The irony, of course, is that many times they are held in places like Vegas and Miami, so there goes all the personal resolutions: eat better, exercise regularly sleep more, drink less, out the window.

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“Who” by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

“Who” by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

SUMMARY (from book jacket):

…The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even more startling when you consider that the typical hiring success rate of managers is only 50 percent… The silver lining is that “who” problems are easily preventable. Based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs, Who presents Smart and Street’s A Method for Hiring. Refined through the largest research study of its kind ever undertaken, the A Method stresses fundamental elements that anyone can implement–and it has a 90 percent success rate….

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Scott’s Notes

WHO is Serious about Hiring “A” players

The title is intended as both a statement and a question.

Who is the name of the book written Geoff Smart and Randy Street that was our most recent TGR Partners Book Club selection.  For anyone familiar with the book and the concept of “Top Grading,” Geoff works for the same consulting company, GH Smart, that was formed to help companies better evaluate the talent in their organization companies by adopting a new approach and implementing new processes. Continue Reading

“The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy” by Joey Reiman

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Scott's Notes | 0 comments

“The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy” by Joey Reiman

SUMMARY (from book jacket):

Some ideas are bigger than others, and the Master Idea—your company’s purpose—is the biggest. When Nike said, Just Do It, the company put a voice to the belief that human beings have no limits. When Disney asked people to wish upon a star, they instantly established the powerful idea that life is magical. The Story of Purpose details a proven approach to engage and align leadership and associates, suppliers and manufacturers, a sales force and customers, and brands and consumers through a higher purpose…

Instead of focusing on what keeps you up at night, The Story of Purpose will leave you asking yourself “what gets me up in the morning?”

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Scott’s Notes

Maybe its because I am getting older (and, hopefully, wiser), but I notice myself being more reflective of “metaphysical” questions of what gets me out of bed in the morning and “why am I here.” Plus, I am finding that more senior-level candidates we work with are looking not just at the next rung on the career level in considering new opportunities, but rather where they can make a valuable contribution. Furthermore, several recent studies and surveys have demonstrated that Millennials entering the workforce have different views on work and careers than their hard charging Baby Boomer (and now Gen X) parents. Continue Reading

Scott’s Recommended Reading List

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Scott's Notes | Comments Off on Scott’s Recommended Reading List

Scott’s Recommended Reading List
Fiction
  • The Circle – Dave Eggers
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
2014
  • What I wish I knew when I was 20 –  Tina Seelig
  • 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness – Greg Anderson
  • The Story of Purpose – Joey Reiman
  • The Challenger Sale – Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson
  • 10% Happier – Dan Harris
  • Creativity, Inc – Amy Wallace
  • The Wolf of Wall St – Jordan Belfort
  • The Buy Side – Turney Duff
  • How Children Succeed – Paul Tough
  • How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell

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“The First 90 Days” by Michael Watkins

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“The First 90 Days” by Michael Watkins

SUMMARY (from book jacket): “The First 90 Days has become the go-to resource for anyone being promoted, onboarding into a new company, or taking on a new professional role. Since its original publication in 2003, hundreds of thousands of leaders have trusted this classic guide to help them navigate and master critical career transitions. . . .”

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Scott’s Notes

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Assess our own strengths / weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  2. Diagnose a situation to understand challenges/opportunities and estimate priorities
  3. Negotiate a productive working relationship with your boss (i.e., establish lines of communication)
  4. Get some quick wins for both credibility and momentum
  5. Build your team
  6. Connect w/ influential support coalitions

 

PREFACE

TRANSITIONS are defined as critical times when small changes/ differences in your actions can have a disproportionate impact on results and outcomes

LEADERSHIP is defined as leverage

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