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!
KMG Consultants is ready for fall! As the summer came to a close, there were many different events and activities that we were proud to attend.
The Cancun R&R trip was a blast! From the sandy beaches to relaxing at the pool, it was a worthwhile time to come together and rest up to finish the year strong. Check out our photos from the event on Facebook!
There also were some promotions at KMG Consultants! Jazzmyn has been promoted to leadership in just two short weeks. Happy Birthday to KMG Consultants Assistant Manager Aaron Birsen, which will be on September 17th.
We are also looking forward to Bill & Aaron’s trip to Los Angeles in October, as well as the next round of Business Building Blocks.
View the KMG Consultants September 2015 Newsletter by clicking here!
No matter how well organized you think you are—you’re going to get distracted. Life is very complicated. You have constant demands on your time and attention. In order to finish our tasks at work—and be an active participant in your personal life—need to be able to maintain focus.
At work there are emails, text messages, phone calls, and colleagues who stop at our desks for informal check-ins. At home you have chores to do, hobbies to enjoy, and relationships to nurture. You’re focusing on achieving a work life balance. However, sometimes staying focused seems nearly impossible. But it’s not.
It’s possible to improve your focus at work and at home. All you need is a little discipline, a few new habits, and some useful tips. Review the list below and try them out. Remember to share you search for better focus with your team at work, your friends, and family. Finding focus is good for everyone.
Plan Your Day: It’s such an obvious suggestion we often overlook it. Make a plan for you day. List of your tasks at work and home. Rank them for importance from 1 to 4. What doesn’t get done today goes to the top of the list for tomorrow.
Organize Your Email: Don’t let email folders fill up to overflowing. It’s distracting because you worry about unfinished tasks. Set a time everyday to go through your inbox. Resolve each message before moving on. Unsubscribe from anything not directly related to assignments and goals.
Quiet Works Best: Focus works better without distractions. Let your team know that you’re trying to improve your focus and reduce distractions. Get some headphone and listen to inspirational music. If your team suffers from too much noise ask your supervisor if there is a way to quiet the environment.
Time Your Tasks: You’ll be amazed at what you’re able to get done in managed bursts of time. Ignore your email, instant messages, and phone for 20 minutes. Then check your messages and respond for 10 minutes. Then dive back in for another 20-minute sprint. You’ll be amazed at how much more you accomplish each day.
No Facebook at Work: Social media steals focus and time faster than you can know. You’re only allowed to use social media at work if it’s part of your job. Otherwise it’s a waste of time—and time theft from your company.
Eat, Drink, and Focus on Health: Take care of yourself throughout the day. Drink lots of water. Have healthy snacks near your desk. Take short breaks to stretch. Go for a walk at lunch or schedule a regular exercise plan before or after work. You’ll focus better when you’re well rested, well fed, and in good physical condition.
Summer is beginning to wrap up! There’s been a ton of amazing things happening at KMG Consultants recently. From promotions to business conferences, it’s been tough to just keep up! Check out our monthly newsletter for more info about what we’ve been up to, including plans for the future!
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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View the KMG Consultants August 2015 Newsletter by clicking here!