KMG Consultants Meet the Team- Jason Spars

jason-spars-kmg-consultants-incK.M.G. Consultants, Inc. works with one of the largest online office supply retailers and is based in Roseville, MN.  Based on our client’s investment and growth expectation, we are focused on developing our team members, both professionally and personally.  Our goal is to help our staff gain not only sales and customer service experience, but the leadership and management skills that will allow for advancement in the industry.  It’s with this responsibility that having members of our team willing to step into leadership roles are crucial. Each month, the management team at K.M.G. Consultants, Inc. celebrates the members of our team who step up in “Meet the Team.” For October, the company is featuring Jason Spars!

Jason, who is a recent addition to the K.M.G. Consultants Inc. personally recruited by Leah Iverson, leadership team, has a background in restaurant and catering management. Being able to work in a fast paced environment combined with his experience in training others proved useful when he moved into sales and K.M.G. Consultants Inc. management development program. Jason is focusing on developing the new comers to the office. For November, Jason aims to have 2 of the company’s entry level account managers earn their first promotion in the Management Development program. He also aims to aide Sam, K.M.G. Consultants Inc.’s president, in building and maintaining every team member’s consistency and performance using metrics the company defines as the trend. Jason wants to dominate the northern markets and is working towards opening an office in Minneapolis in the next year.

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Meet the Team- Leah Iverson

leah-iverson-kmg-consultants-incK.M.G. Consultants Inc., located in Roseville, MN, Partners with the largest office supplies retailer in the nation. As such, it’s important that the team at K.M.G. Consultants Inc. is able to take lead and show professionalism. The team at our Minneapolis, MN location exceeds our expectations and the client’s as well. We are able to train and develop a fantastic team, in most part, due to our great leaders at our office. One of these top leaders at K.M.G. Consultants is newcomer Leah Iverson, who came in and took charge as a top performer.

Leah, who joined K.M.G. Consultants this past summer, has incredibly diverse experience in the education, business administration, real estate, and interior design fields. She was able to mesh this experience with the training that K.M.G. Consultants Inc. provides and was able to become a top performer that K.M.G. Consultants’ can rely on. With her ability to learn the position quickly, Leah was also able start training and developing new team members as well.

“I value the chance to grow within a company within a short amount of time with out climbing the corporate ladder for 10-15 years before getting to a place of ownership.”

-Leah Iverson

Leah’s goal with the team is to help develop and grow the team by five new members in the next month and aims to head up an expansion team by February 2017. Leah’s hobbies include yoga and meditating. She also enjoys being outdoors and exploring. She has the best rescue dog ever. Learn more about the team at K.M.G. Consultants Inc. and the training and management development program here. 

K.M.G. Consultants Expands to Minnesota

K.M.G. Consultants has completed its most recent expansion to Minnesota.

In January we set big goals to grow our firm and gain new cities for our client. K.M.G. Consultants is excited to announce that we reached our quarter one goals. In gaining the Minnesota market, K.M.G. Consultants now has four branch locations. We have been able to accomplish this by creating a personal relationship with our clients’ base and our sales and marketing firm has a unique way of reaching and connecting with potential customers. We also teach our employees the skills necessary to properly market for our fortune 500 clients and give them the tools they need to manage our branch offices. By doing so, we now have capable managers and teams leading each location. Our most recent manager, Aaron, was able to assume the lead for our Michigan branch.

Aaron is a wonderful father of three with over 10 years of management and business sales experience. He has been working in our industry for the last year and has proven himself worthy of leading the expansion team in Detroit, MI”

-Sam, President at K.M.G. Consultants

Aaron started with K.M.G. Consultants seeing that he had the ability to earn his own management promotion by focusing on building and developing the team. He was able to quickly move into assistant management just nine months after starting with our firm. He, with assistance from the team, aided in the first 2 expansions. Now, with his own promotion and running the Michigan branch, he has full autonomy of his career and will continue to help K.M.G; Consultants with its national expansions. “I didn’t have to wait for ‘Johnny’ to be promoted or quit to hit my goals. I look forward to being able to watch my kids grow as an involved parent. Especially watching my little boy’s lacrosse games one day “even if he’s one and doesn’t know it yet.” says Aaron in regards to his promotion.

K.M.G. Consultants was founded in April, 2011 and is located in Roseville, MN. As a sales and marketing firm, K.M.G. Consultants specializes in new customer acquisition and maintaining quality customers for our national Fortune 500 clients and we are recognized as a leading consulting firm in the Midwest region. K.M.G.’s vision is to build people from an entry level position into management at a fast pace; having them learn the business from the ground up. We teach our employees the necessary skills to adequately market for our Fortune 500 client as well as give them the tools they would need to eventually manage one of our firm’s national locations.

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K.M.G. Consultants team celebrating Aaron’s promotion.

KMG Consultants Inc. January 2016 Newsletter

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We had an excellent 2015 here at KMG Consultants Inc.!

Many of our staff was able to travel to a wide variety of places around the country for business trips. Cities that we traveled to included Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, and Cancun, Mexico. You can bet we had a blast with all of the travel!

KMG Consultants Inc. also had some great promotions. The new members of our team excelled, and worked hard to reach leadership positions. Congratulations to Bill for his promotion to Management, and Aaron for his promotion to Assistant Manager. Our leadership promotions included Amber, Collin, Steven, Daniel, Shannon, and Jennifer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making KMG Consultants Inc. one of the best companies to work for in Southfield, MI!

Our family grew this year, and we’re looking forward to where we’re headed in 2016. Here’s to another year of success, and making KMG Consultants Inc. the premiere business consulting firm in the Metro Detroit area.

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Networking Strategies for Introverts

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Sometimes networking isn’t a choice. Your job may require you to make networking connections as part of your regular duties. Introverts are made uneasy about social tasks in general and possibly more so when they’re a requirement.

Don’t panic. We’ve assembled some strategies that will help introverts become more comfortable at networking events. Give them a try and start improving your skills this week.

Practice Networking Techniques

The anticipation of a networking event is often more painful for introverts than attending the actual event. Reduce your fears by getting them out of your head with a trial run. Set up a practice session with friends, family, and coworkers. What are you most afraid of? Act out your nightmares and you will reduce your fearful anticipation to manageable levels by developing coping responses before hand. You may not eliminate your fear, but you will reduce it.

Have Short Conversations

Networking is frightening for introverts because the worst situations we’ve imagined feature long conversations with lots of different people we don’t know. Relax, you don’t have to have a lot of long conversations. It’s perfectly reasonable to approach people at the event to say hello and request their business card and offer yours and then move on by simply explaining that your time is limited. People will appreciate your efficiency. Let them know that you’ll contact them later and then remember to follow up within the next day or two with an email, a useful resource, or an invitation for a cup of coffee.

Write Open-Ended Questions

Develop a few questions in advance based on the event topic to develop conversations starters. Write out your questions on cards and become familiar with them before the event. You can add some bullet points related to these questions for further discussion. Your goal is to develop familiarity and ease with your topics before the event. Practice asking the questions and answering them out loud to increase your comfort levels.

Identify Preferred Contacts

It’s often possible to use your existing contacts or to contact the event’s organizers to find out who will be presenting at or attending the event. Use this information to craft a list of people who you would like to meet. Pick a number from one-to-ten and decide to meet only the number of people you’re honestly comfortable meeting. Be honest with yourself. If you can only handle one person at a time then only plan to introduce yourself to one person. If you attend 4 networking events in one month then that means you’ve made 4 new contacts.

Build Social Links Before You Network

Introverts find social media to be great tool when they want to reach out to colleagues, coworkers, and contacts without increase the stress created at face-to-face events. Use LinkedIn or Facebook to reach out to your friends if you want an introduction to someone at an upcoming event. Connecting through social media allows you to start a conversation before the event that you can continue when you meet in person. The hard part is already done!

Volunteer, Organize, and Present

Networking is easier for introverts if they’re part of the event from the very beginning. By becoming part of the event as a volunteer, organizer, or presenter you are able to build connections from the inside out. Often you will be invited to participate in training events prior to the event that will allow you to practice reaching out to others in your professional community in a low-pressure situation. If you have a particular area of expertise consider leading a workshop or talk, which are both great ways to make a big impact at one event in a limited focus.

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Developing a Success Mindset

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Sometimes success can be a bad thing. If you’re a star at the start of your career it’s possible to develop an expectation of success. This mindset means that you’re not open to trying new things and that you’re resistant to risk because it introduces the possibility of failure. Having a fixed mindset means that you see challenges as threats and engage obstacles with fear, not curiosity or even excitement.

To achieve success you must develop a mindset focused on growth. You may not have gotten great grades, but you always did the work and attacked problems with enthusiasm. A growth mindset is flexible, resilient, and passionate. It doesn’t require genius because is comfortable with asking questions. You’re not afraid of people knowing you don’t have all of the answers.

Risk is Good for Business

Now that you understand the qualities of the fixed mindset and the growth mindset you probably think you’ve got everything under control. If only it were that easy! A mindset for growth can turn into a fixed mindset without you noticing the change.

As you advance in your career and are given additional assignments your growth mindset can gradually move from nimble to fixed. An increase in responsibilities comes with an increase in status, authority, income, and professional reputation. When someone has more to lose his or her response usually is to avoid risk.

Instead of imagining a variety of solutions to a problem you may chose not to act. If you’re interested in advancing in your career—or even keeping your job—you must set up an interior warning system programed to alter you when you start to reject innovative solutions.

Failure is a Gift

When you, a team member, a colleague, a boss, or an employee wants to take a risk pause for a moment to consider the pros and cons and then make a decision. And here’s the scary part—sometimes the solution you pick won’t work. Don’t panic. Don’t blame anyone.

Recognize failure as a gift and take responsibility for the outcomes. Fixing the problem provides you and your team an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. You are a person with a growth mindset and you’re able to turn failure into fortune.

Learn From Your Experience

The best strategy for managing failure is to keep a record of it. Once the project is finished and a solution is found you schedule a time for your team to review all of the successes and failures achieved on the road toward completion.

Together, you’re going to perform a post-mortem, like investigators do on detective shows. They examine what went wrong. They discuss how decisions were made. They review the resources that were available during the assignment. They search to understand what happened, why it happened, and how it happened.

They also keep an eye open for out-of-the-box thinking, bold suggestions, and creative ideas that might not have worked for now but could work at another time or in another situation.

Follow these strategies and try out some of your own and you’ll be well on your way to creating a success mindset.

5 Habits of Effective Employees

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An effective employee has an authentic interest in doing good work. This employee has special qualities make him or her stand out from other workers. They’re determined to improve their skills and make a regular effort to develop their strengths and positive work habits.

1. An Effective Employee Shows Up On Time

Good time management is a required skill for an effective employee. If you don’t show up on time then you’re displaying a lack of concern for your team and your employer. Being good at time management doesn’t mean watching the clock. It’s a quality that extends beyond hours worked. It means that this employee comes prepared to the do their job, that they have a plan for their day, and understand their individual goals and goals of their team.

2. An Effective Employee Works Well with Others

An effective employee appreciates the important skills each team member contributes to achieving their goal. He or she doesn’t waste time trying to stand out in the crowd or take credit that another team member earned. They know that what is good for the team is good for their own career. An effective employee has confidence in their own abilities and knows that their contributions are valued and will be recognized.

3. An Effective Employee Asks for Feedback

In order to improve their skills and advance in their career an effective employee seeks feedback from his team members and supervisors. Sometimes this feedback is critical. The effective employee doesn’t take a critical review as a personal attack. They see it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Instead of being defensive about their review an effective employee asks questions and listens to the answers so that the their work will be better next time.

4. An Effective Employee Works Hard Every Day

When work is going well and there are no obstacles in the way everyone on the team is able to do a good job. An effective employee is one who shows up with the positive energy when the team knows it’s going to be a hard day. The effective employee doesn’t complain when extra effort is required to get the job done. He or she takes on the challenge without complaining and recognizes that their employer deserves their full commitment every day.

5. An Effective Employee Has a Positive Outlook

An effective employee has a positive outlook and is ready to pitch in at any time. They show their interest in their job and company by volunteering to be on a committee or be part of a special project. Where some employees might turn to gossip or adopt a “can’t do” attitude, an effective employee takes the lead and shares constructive comments, which energize team members. An effective employee is someone you look forward to seeing at work because you always feel better when you do.