K.M.G. Consultants Inc., located in Roseville, MN, meets and exceeds the needs of our client with great assistance from our team. 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 KMG Consultants is Collin Jacobson, who is a cornerstone to our training team.
Collin hails from Atlanta and is from a family of entrepreneurs. He plans on running his own company, which K.M.G. Consultants Inc. will help facilitate, and believes that entrepreneurship is key to fulfilling his dreams and wants. Collin, who was initially looking for experience, joined K.M.G. Consultants at our Michigan location and was a key person in our expansion to Minnesota. Over the past few months, Collin has been able to on board and develop great assets to our team and is a go to in our company. He plans on earning his promotion to Assistant Manager this month and continue to develop our team here in Roseville.
Collin has been a consistent top performer at K.M.G. Consultants Inc. and is setting the pace for our team. His family, who are all entreprenuers and also owns 2 bars in belieze, have helped instill an incredible work ethic and impressive leadership. Instead of taking up the family business, Collin chose to pave his own path. He aims to help K.M.G. Consultants expand to 3 different locations in the next year and aims to retire at the age of thirty.
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.
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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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.
KMG Consultants Inc. is planning on a big October in 2015!
First up, KMG Consultants will be having an assistant manager trip to Los Angeles next week. We’re excited for the trip, and we know that Bill & Aaron are too! Business Building Blocks will also be happening soon, so be sure to check out our Twitter to learn more.
Recognition is a big aprt of our monthly newsletter, and of course we wanted to have a few birthday shoutouts to some of KMG Consultants Inc.’s finest: Jessica, Kyn, and Ryan. Happy Birthday!
Coming soon in November is the Chicago Conference, happening from November 7th through the 8th. Can’t wait to spend some times in Chicago, and have some team bonding with the rest of the team in the office!
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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.
As we get into the middle of summer, there’s a ton of great things happening at KMG Consultants! Check out our monthly newsletter for more info about our activities, including fundraising for Operation Smile and recognition for our best sales professionals. KMG Consultants sends out a newsletter every month that includes upcoming events, recent promotions, and a recap of what happened the month before. to keep up with what we have going on, keep your eyes out for our latest newsletter!
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