Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thinking of Hiring a Consultant? Read This...

" Trust me. I know!"
Sometimes we need help. And often, it reaches a point where we consider bringing in someone from the outside to get a more 'unbiased' view of the situation. Enter The Expert. The Brains. The Consultant.

Before you hire--whether your organization is for profit or not for profit--you need to have as much information about the consultant and consultancy as possible. Especially if what you want is a successful outcome!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Know Best! (The Stark Truth About Giving Advice, Sought Or Not)

Did I even ask?
Hannah Whitall Smith*, founder of Woman's Christian Temperance Union, late 19th and early 20th century, said, "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Sounds good on paper. But most of us are indeed offended if the person we've advised either does not take our advice or lets it go right over their heads without even considering it. After all, we took the time to share our words of wisdom and the bloody bloke insulted us by saying "No thanks." How could he/she/they? We have shared a piece of ourselves with them. The least they could do is to pay attention. But no. They just do what they want to do, anyway. Complete ingrates.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Executive Sweets: How to Literally Double Your Success, Simply...

What is your most important business asset? Your success depends on the right answer...

“Executive,” as you know by now, is more than a title. It’s an environment. You now appear distant to most of those in your organization. Your job, then, along with all the other responsibilities you have acquired since moving into that corner office, is to communicate, to inspire, and to foster optimism. Read all the books, watch all the Power Point presentations on how to go about doing that. Then, come back to these simple suggestions:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sometimes It's Not About You--Only

"Make me feel important." (Your customer)
You read it and hear it everywhere: You can't make anyone else happy so concentrate on your own happiness. 

That might seem justified on the surface. But there are times, in our personal and professional lives, when we have to do things that, hopefully, will please The Other.