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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!

Thanks for reading our Best Tweets of the Week!


 

LinkedIn Contacts

LinkedIn’s Killer App: Contact Management

Social media properties want to increase the time you spend with them.  They call it ‘engagement’ and it is a key metric that social media sites like to quote when soliciting more VC funds or in the case of Facebook, to make their analysts happy

LinkedIn has been called ‘Facebook for Business’ and for good reason.  They have become the defacto portal that most professionals use to manage their networking.

Social Media EngagementA social media analysis site called Shareaholic compiles a “Social Referrals That Matter” Report that measures user engagement across 200,000 sites. They said:

Although Google+ and LinkedIn drive the fewest social referrals, they bring in some of the best visitors.

What does this mean?  It means that LinkedIn users spend more time (over 2 minutes) on each link they click and view 2.23 pages during each visit.  As you can see from the chart, LinkedIn users spend over two hours there, on average, each month.  This ranks third behind only YouTube and Google+.

User engagement is a valuable metric and allows sites to charge more for advertising.  LinkedIn has built an active user community that is attractive to businesses.  The more engagement goes up, the more attractive their community becomes.

To increase their stickiness and keep you on their site even longer, LinkedIn has been quietly adding new features to their core functionality.  I’m going to show you how you can take advantage of some of these and turn LinkedIn into a free contact management tool. Continue reading LinkedIn’s Killer App: Contact Management

4 Mistakes That Can Doom

4 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Job

If you make listening and observing your occupation, you will gain much more than you will by talking.

— Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts

A beginning is a very delicate time.”  Starting a new job can be a trying experience.  Especially if you were out of work for a while, moved into a new industry or even an entirely new line of work.  There are a host of unknowns; unfamiliar faces, opaque office politics and where exactly is the bathroom?

If you want to excel in your new job, there are a number of behaviors you should avoid, to make your life easier in your new role  and put yourself in the best position to be successful.  In this article, I discuss four costly mistakes that can ruin your job and give you some useful techniques to keep yourself from making them.

Continue reading 4 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Job

Save the Planet: Start a Work Diary

“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
–Pericles, Greek statesman (c. 495 – 429 BC)

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”
— Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (c. 1952 – 2001)

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to with saving the planet.  I just needed a catchy title.  But there are some great time management tips in here, so please read on…

One advantage of being a consultant is that you always have to keep track of how you’re spending your time.  Now, that might not necessarily seem to be a positive aspect of consulting life, but I’m going to make the case to you that it is.

Ask yourself the following questions.  What did you accomplish today at work?  How about during the past week?  Month?  Year?  I’ll bet you would have to sit down and seriously think about this.  Even then, you would probably miss a fair amount due to the sheer volume of different activities at most companies (that is, unless you work on an assembly line).

Knowing your accomplishments is important when annual review time comes around.  Managers can’t keep track of what all of their direct reports have done over a twelve month period.  If you don’t have the details then your salary increase could hinge on what your manager can remember from the past few months.

Keeping a work diary (activity record, time log, or whatever you want to call it) is easy to begin, but requires increasing amounts of discipline to maintain, depending on how often you want to update it.  I would recommend a minimum of monthly updates for the long term, but weekly is better since you have less information to forget.

Besides noting your accomplishments for the week, you should also include issues that came up that you couldn’t resolve and your plans for next week.  Link everything according which of  your annual goals to which they best relate.  Reviewing this over time will provide great perspective on your progress towards meeting your goals.

A time log is just one tool to help you to Think Like a Consultant.  Try it for a few months and share your results with us.