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 In order to succeed, set systems not goals. Some good advice for New Year

Scott Adams, creator of the successful Dilbert cartoons, published a memoir/self-help book entitled How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big. Adams writes amusingly about stumbling through a series of early jobs in banking and telecoms, despite being a “totally skill-free” bullshit artist – but then claims he was fired, many times, because he hit “the diversity ceiling”, being too white and male for his politically correct bosses. You can’t help wondering if the real reason wasn’t that he was totally skill-free: it’s odd to boast so jovially about one’s incompetence at a job, then blame sinister social forces when you lose it. Still, I like to imagine I could spot a profound insight into human behaviour even if it came from a Ukip member, say, so set aside Adams’ views on political correctness (probably he thinks it’s “gone mad”) and acknowledge that his book contains one very useful bit of advice: when you’re trying to get better at something – a creative skill, such as drawing, or a habit, such as regular exercise – think in terms of systems, not goals.

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..or why recruiting in Germany is harder than somewhere else I am a native German- born and bred in Southern Germany, growing up with Schnitzel and Spätzle, going to Weihnachtsmarkt and drinking Glühwein. So when I applied for a position as a recruiter on the German market, I did not assume it to be hard as I knew culture, language and even dialect (if needed). My colleagues, however, gave me different impression: recruitment in Germany is “tough”, people “do just not respond”, the economy at the moment is too strong for a lot of people to be interested in new positions, the salaries are “too high.” After working on this market for a while, it is interesting to investigate if the general statement that recruitment in Germany is tougher than on other markets is true. On the one hand, there is the undeniable fact that German members of networks like LinkedIn or the German job network Xing are much slower in responding than other nations.

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