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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.

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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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3 Simple Networking Tips to Reach Nirvana

“To get a step up in the world, you could use a ladder, or you could use your connections. I prefer the latter.”
Jarod Kintz, Author, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

Connections are the single most valuable resource available to help you find a new job, yet most people don’t maintain their network or totally ignore it until one minute after they lose their job.

When it comes to effective networking, ignorance is not bliss.

Networking shouldn’t be viewed as a onerous task that you only do when job hunting.  If you do, you will never realize the full potential of networking or be able to fully leverage it when you need it most.

In this post, I will share some of the networking tips that I have learned in my years of running a successful consulting business.

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