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Started by FleurDuMal on Mar 6, 2011 8:24:45 AM
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This is definitely one to keep in the Brave New World.

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CinqueCento - 06 Mar 2011 10:53:20 (#1 of 11607)

POWER Verbs

Achieved

Administered

Advised

Analysed

Approved

Arranged

Augmented

Built

Categorised

Collected

Compiled

Completed

Conducted

Controlled

Coordinated

Corrected

Created

Defined

Delivered

Demonstrated

Designed

Developed

Distributed

Established

Expanded

Filed

Founded

Identified

Implemented

Incorporated

Increased

Initiated

Instigated

Instructed

Introduced

Launched

Lead

Logged

Maintained

Managed

Manifested

Monitored

Negotiated

Observed

Ordered

Organised

Oversaw

Performed

Planned

Prepared

Presented

Recorded

Reduced

Registered

Reserved

Responded

Reviewed

Scheduled

Screened

Solved

Spearheaded

Streamlined

Supervised

Supplied

Supported

Updated

HerrWalrus - 06 Mar 2011 10:59:52 (#2 of 11607)

There is an archive for Powerverbs kept here:

http://gutalk.wikispaces.com/POWERVERBS

CinqueCento - 06 Mar 2011 11:02:49 (#3 of 11607)

Did we (you) manage to save anything else there?

HerrWalrus - 06 Mar 2011 11:11:23 (#4 of 11607)

I believe, the site is run by PW and BlackSunday. It's more for common IT advice, but they have stored the Power Verbs list.

CinqueCento - 06 Mar 2011 12:12:01 (#5 of 11607)

I've sorted out 35 pages (from Jan-Mar 2008) with 300 plus to go. I'm taking out as much personal stuff as possible, removing contributor names and grouping topics a little. It's a work in progress, I'm afraid. Rather than post it here, if anyone wants a copy let me know by email and I'll send one. If you want updates as they're (erratically) done, say so in your email, otherwise I won't hang on to the address. I won't get a chance to do it today as I have lunch and then a session of catching up with w*rk emails but you can reasonably expect a reply one evening this week.

browserbutton - 06 Mar 2011 12:14:55 (#6 of 11607)

Power verbs work better as gerunds, IMO.

The simple past forms /-ed/ lack DYNAMISM.

blaithin - 06 Mar 2011 16:32:47 (#7 of 11607)

I shared the powerverbs list with a colleague last week (she's going for a fairly prestigous internal thing) and she was very grateful. I didn't tell her all about Volestranglers, though. Don't want to give all my secrets away.

6to24characters - 07 Mar 2011 17:31:13 (#8 of 11607)

Internal Interview tomorrow

Unfortunately, the Old Place has disappeared so if anyone has the Killer Interview Answers or even the Killer Interview Questions, they would be appreciated..

FleurDuMal - 07 Mar 2011 18:24:01 (#9 of 11607)

I would also appreciate them, as I have an (external) interview next week.

CinqueCento - 07 Mar 2011 20:03:38 (#10 of 11607)

The killer question is along the lines of "If I were appointed, how would you see me/what would I be doing/what would be my main targets six months from now?" The idea is to get the panel to picture you in the role.

There are some sample questions questions and answers here http://www.darienprofessionals.com/answering_64_in
terview_questions.pdf


But you should also go through the job spec and see if you can work out some competency based questions and answers. For example, if the role has several reporting lines think about how you juggle priorities, satisfy everyone, manage conflicting requirements.

Sorcha65 - 08 Mar 2011 16:42:15 (#11 of 11607)

I've had a few competency based questions recently about strategic thinking. I've done strategic stuff - ie planning, gathering feedback from stakeholders, thinking about how what I do has an impact on the bigger team/organisational work priorities - but I fluff this question every time. I do strategic stuff but don't really think about it (due to finding it boring, I suspect). Has anybody any tips for useful ways to talk/think about it?

CinqueCento - 08 Mar 2011 17:35:50 (#12 of 11607)

My tuppence worth on Strat Thinking

You have to separate Operational stuff - which isn't just day to day things, it's the set of current targets so could run to the end of the financial year/contract - from the Strategic stuff. The best way to do that is to pick a date five years from now and think where the company wants to be/look like at that point. Then work back in big steps at first, and smaller and smaller as you reach the Now. And do it for all parts of the company - customer facing and back room stuff - so that each bit grows at more or less the same rate.

Think of it as a pyramid - Strategy; Current plan; department plan; individual plan. Each bit should be analysed (SWOTs and Porter's Five Points are useful) and you should also do an analysis of the Co's environment that goes as far as you can (CinqCo's goes up to the UN).

So - strategic aim is that Volestranglers plc will be Mammal Despatchers plc in 5 years time. Which means we'll need to expand our methods of despatching (voles are easy, squirrels slightly more tricky and whales are a complete nightmare). Ideally, by year four we should have an R&D department into emerging methods of mammal despatching. But, initially, Sue from Hampster wrangling has expressed an interest in experimenting with silk thread so perhaps get her to do a training course. Then she can become our researcher/developer and gradually build a team.

Hmmm. Uberboss has just been in and reminded me that I have done some MBA stuff. I think I may still have strategic thinking stuff lurking - I'll have a look and see.

blaithin - 09 Mar 2011 09:17:20 (#13 of 11607)

Anyone fancy working in Brussels? The European Institutions are recruiting openly:

http://europa.eu/epso/index_en.htm

Sorcha65 - 09 Mar 2011 11:18:33 (#14 of 11607)

If I was single I'd apply like a shot. I love Brussels.

Thanks, Cinq, that's really helpful - will have a think about how to reframe some of the stuff I've done in the last couple of years for that 'tell us about a time when you've worked strategically on blah' competency question.

sparafucile - 09 Mar 2011 12:08:06 (#15 of 11607)

My mum's been sending me that link about once a fortnight recently. I'd apply, as Brussels is quite a nice place. Not sure I'd get on with a thoroughly hierarchical workplace where change happens at a snail's pace, though, no matter how much I agree with the European idea generally.

MysteryDate - 09 Mar 2011 12:17:11 (#16 of 11607)

Not sure I'd get on with a thoroughly hierarchical workplace where change happens at a snail's pace, though, no matter how much I agree with the European idea generally.

Oh indeed. Sounds too much like places I've already worked.

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Anchorman - 09 Mar 2011 23:14:16 (#18 of 11607)

I used a siliar but longer list of power verbs to pass various exams in a 4 year Health service administration diploma I took in the late 70's/early 80's

I created the list mysewlf having noticed the same verbs were appearing over and over again to describe the roles of various people in the NHS.

So if I was asked to write about the role of say The Distict manager of Hospital trust I'd just pick out 15 key verbs and incorporate them into 15 senteces describing what he/she did

I knew that there's be 1 mark for each correctly chosen verb and I'd only need 8 to be correct to get a pass.

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sparafucile - 10 Mar 2011 11:25:24 (#20 of 11607)

Beep - I've told her you're looking for her.

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