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Get The Right People On The Bus: Leadership Advice from Duke Coach Mike K

Mike Krzyewski has the most wins of any coach in men’s division I college basketball. He also just won his 5th NCAA championship, so he knows a thing or two about team building and leadership.

I was privileged to hear Coach K speak at the Envestnet Advisor Summit 2015, held last week in warm and sunny Chicago.  His comments are summarized here based on the most popular tweets sent out during his presentation.

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The Essential Job Description Checklist

We know that the Internet and search engines have revolutionized the way companies conduct candidate searches and recruit new employees. But many firms probably have not updated their job descriptions since Google was just a Stanford grad school project.

Job descriptions that are out-dated, too broad or poorly written or both are bad for the employees as well as the employer.

In our latest ebook, The Essential Guide to Writing World Class Job Descriptions, we expand on these benefits and give you important questions that need to be asked to create the best job descriptions.

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Best Tweets of the Week

Best Tweets of The Week – 03/15

This week was an exciting week for us with the launch of a new March giveaway last week (Enter Below) To launch the Good Boss, Bad Boss month here at Think Like a Consultant, we discussed the Traits of a Successful Boss.

The response has been wonderful, and we are eager to share our Best Tweets of the Week with you! If you haven’t been following us on Twitter, free to do so, and while you are at it, subscribe to the Blog.

The Best Tweets of The Week:

Thanks to Robert Sutton’s (@work_matters) retweet, the giveaway announcement reached a wider audience, and was our most popular tweet of the week. His book Good Boss, Bad Boss, How to be The Best…and Learn From The Worst was chosen to be the giveaway book of the week. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter to hear first hand about our monthly giveaways.

Can you recognize the traits of a successful boss? To kick off our giveaway, we discussed the traits of a successful boss, and these 10 traits will help you manage your teams successfully and build more powerful brands.

We shared this post from Harvard Business News, and you responded well. Tools to Make Every Meeting Productive, and some of these tools can also help you to create more engaging presentations! Tools like mind mapping are not only great for organizing your thoughts to create better visual presentations for meetings, but can help keep your audience interested as well. Take a look for yourself and leave us your thoughts below!

And of course, our Best Tweets from the previous week were at the top of the list as well. From engaging presentations, to technology walls, you responded well and we were happy to share.

Top Mention!

Who doesn’t love to receive a shout out every once in a while? @AchimNowak gave us a shout out this week, and we are happy to share.

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10 Habits of a Successful Boss

10 Traits of a Successful Boss

Traits of a Successful BossWhat makes a great boss or leader?

Do you find that the people you should be leading are put off by you, resentful, or simply choose not to respect you?

What kind of people did you find yourself following throughout your life, what were the qualities that they had, why did you feel so comfortable submitting yourself to these people?  Success in everything requires the ability to look to those that came before you, and learning from their strengths and weaknesses, and being able to apply those qualities to your work.

This post is our kick off our March giveaway, in which two winners shall receive a copy of the best selling business title, Good Boss Bad Boss, How to be The Best…and Learn From The Worst, by Robert L Sutton.  Do you have the necessary traits of successful bosses?  Read the book and find out!

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Best Tweets of the Week

Best Tweets of the Week – 03/06

From exploring ways to improve your presentation skills, to brand ambassadors, and two giveaway winners, last week was an eventful one for the @Consultantthink team! We pulled together the best tweets of the week to share with you, in case you missed them.  We’re also excited to announce our new giveaway this week, and hope that you will subscribe to stay up to date on all of our latest news.

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5 Rules for Creating Engaging Presentations

“Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.”

-Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte is an expert in the field of data visualization. While his methods may seem quite simple, they can be difficult for people to grasp in our world of information overload. With the entire Internet at our fingertips and 24-hour news cycles blasting massive amounts of content at us all the time, a streamlined approach almost seems impossible. Nonetheless, E.T. (as he is known) is revolutionizing the way we get our ideas across to audiences.

This is not to imply that your average audience can’t handle large concepts or high-volumes of data when it is presented. Instead, what he focuses on is changing and perfecting how that data is shown to your audience. As E.T. has said, “If the statistics are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers.”

I recently attended one of his conferences and it was a fantastic learning experience! His main theme was reducing confusion in your presentations and making information clear and concise for your audience. He provided a lot of valuable tips and I will share a few of them with you here.

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Best Tweets of the Week

Best Tweets of the Week – 02/27

Our February Giveaway is coming to an end, if you haven’t had the opportunity to enter, do so before it’s too late.  Remember, we are giving away two hardcover copies of Judy Robinett’s, How to be a Power Connector. You still have the opportunity to win one them, so click this link to enter today!

If you’re not following us on Twitter, just click the follow button in the upper right corner of each tweet to jump on board.

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Here are our Best Tweets of the Week:

This week we tackled the popular world of brand ambassadorship. In the last few years, brands have been seeking out the opportunities to work with ambassadors, like bloggers, who are quickly becoming a go to source for brands in search of a larger online presence.

Our giveaway for Judy Robinett’s How to be a Power Consultant, we reminded our followers this week to stop Networking Like Fools!

One of our most popular articles to date, Curse of the Disorganized Boss is still going strong, and thanks to our new GIF, so are our followers.  How do you deal with a disorganized boss, are you prepared?

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5 Smart Strategies for Converting Employees Into Brand Ambassadors

Many companies are seeing the benefits of working with brand ambassadors, which is creating a lot of opportunities for bloggers to connect with brands, and to benefit from the opportunities that come with working directly with a brand. Unfortunately, these relationships can cost brands a lot of money, and the results may not always be what they hoped or planned for.

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Best Tweets of the Week, Feb 8-15

From giveaways, to advice from the great Steve Jobs, it’s been quite the eventful week on the Think Like A Consultant blog and our social media followers have been responding.  We would love to share with you, our most popular and best tweets of the week.

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Here are our Best Tweets of the Week:

A fantastic article about simple steps to help take control over your life.  Sometimes it’s as easy as just saying ‘No’.

How to Survive ‘The Curse of the Disorganized Boss’ continues to be one of our most popular posts.  Everyone seems to be able to relate to this problem.

Communication, acceptance of change and focus on goals are a few of the positive signs that you have a happy workplace.  Or perhaps, maybe they are guideposts for how you can change things at your company to turn your company into a happy place.

And finally, a little humor.  I was in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport over the weekend on my way home from a conference when I had a craving for ice cream. Unfortunately, DFW has five terminals with 70 restaurants!  How was I supposed to know if there was ice cream in terminal C?

Enter my life saver, Yelp!  I don’t know what made me try it, but I did and it came through with flying colors!  Haagen Dazs, here I come!

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Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No” to Your Boss

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

— Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO, Apple

Sometimes, there simply is no room in your business life to be a ‘people pleaser’ all the time. Taking a page from Steve Jobs, we learn that successful and innovative people know when to say “no”.  We forget that “No” can be a complete sentence. It’s short, to-the-point, and most importantly, it helps you stay focused on the aspects of your job which actually do matter.  Why are we afraid to say no?

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