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About Craig iskowitz

Craig is a technology and business strategy consultant based in East Brunswick, NJ.

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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 – 03/06

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, 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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The Power Connector’s Giveaway

“When you deliver first-class work as a volunteer, people will assume you deliver the same high-quality work in your professional life.”

Judy Robinett, How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits

Judy Robinett’s How to Be a Power Connector has been nominated for a Biz Book Award for Small Business Marketing, and for good reason!

Here at Think Like a Consultant, we want to everyone to have a chance to learn from Judy, learn her networking tips and find out how to turn your business network into profit.  So, we are giving away two copies of her award-winning book.

Click this link for a chance to one of two hardcover copies of Judy Robinett’s How to Be a Power Connector.

Networking is something we have discussed here, most recently in The 3 Simple Steps to Reach Networking Nirvana.  Connections matter in business, career, and even in your personal life.

“The proverb about who you know being more important than what you know has never been more true than when applied to locating a job opening.  Multiple studies have shown that being referred increases your chances of being hired, yet most people continue to do things the hard way.

According to the 2013 Sources of Hire study by CarrerXroads.com, “a candidate who has acquired a referral is 3-4 times more likely to be hired”.  Yet less than 7% of applications came include referrals!”

Judy Robinett’s How to Be a Power Connector uses real-world examples of power connectors and chock-full of great networking tips.  Judy simplifies building connection skills by handing you a guide that will get you results.

  • What is a powerful network, and how so you build one?
  • Do you know who to target?
  • The skills necessary to master power connecting.
  • How to implement the 3 phases of power connecting.
  • Introduction to the 5+50+100 system and how it will streamline your power connecting strategy.

Don’t miss your chance to win a free book with great networking tips provided by Think Like a Consultant!

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3 Great Reasons to Update Your Job Description Now!

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
— Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Psychologist and Author

Whether you have been in your current job for one, three, five years or longer, what you’re doing now most likely is not what you were originally hired to do. You may not even be aware of when things changed. But slowly, over time, your job morphed into something completely different.job-description-checklist

Most people I meet are oblivious to these minor alterations in their work profile. While I have seen it often enough to realize that it is a normal part of corporate culture (at least here in the U.S.), that doesn’t mean that you should ignore it.

Quite the contrary.
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5 Essential Rules for Getting Recognition From Your Boss

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”—Theodore Roosevelt

You might be annoyed that no one appreciates or acknowledges all that you do at work. You might grumble to yourself when someone less committed gets ‘your’ promotion. But if you want people to recognize your diligence, work and efforts, you have to make them known.

Many people don’t like indulging in self-praise, but when it comes to your career, you have to step out of your comfort zone and speak up if you want to be recognized. This is especially true if you feel you are at a disadvantage versus your coworkers.

You might be a woman working in a male-dominated field or you might be fresh out of college or maybe you transferred to a new department and have to start from the bottom. No matter what the reason, you have to work a little harder to prove yourself.

Thoughts are thoughts, but it takes words and actions to effect change in your life. While bragging is definitely to be avoided, there are many ways to “blow your own horn” and spread the word about your accomplishments in a productive way.  Follow these tips and you will be on your way to getting recognition from your boss.

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9 Super Ideas to Help Achieve Your Goals in 2015

“Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Big changes can be difficult to implement. Human brains are wired to create and distinguish patterns, and our tendency to follow routines reflects this. Work practices are even more regimented—and often ingrained—than our activities at home. But, by slowly and incrementally changing workplace habits, it’s possBaby Steps 1ible to quickly become a significantly more efficient and successful employee. In this article, I’m going to go through some simple ways to approach, set, and accomplish goals in both your professional and personal life.

The first important step in creating goals is to prioritize. There are lots of things that you need to do, but which are the most important? Which tasks affect your life on a regular basis? Are you always forgetting to check your email, or do you get sidetracked easily? Little habits that suck time away and constantly get in your way can make a difference. Figure out what you need to change now and what you can work on later.

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