Keeping it Simple

(Editor's note:  Occassionally we find articles and Blog posts from other corners of the world.  Here's an interesting view from a blogger in Australia.)

Over the past few months, the concepts of stripping back the superfluous, simplifying and pulling apart the true meaning of integrity have been strong personal themes. For many people, there's a drive to again inspect old patterns that continue to run happily in the background despite years of self-examination. Perhaps under the direction of a new global energy, there's a sense of being able to lovingly let go of those things that have served us all well on one level, yet have offered excuses to stay small on another. 

I came across Don Miguel Ruiz's "The Four Agreements" the other day and it strongly resonated with this desire to pare back; to simplify; to become more real as a participant in this world and begin operating in a more authentic way.  


Getting a conversation started

One of the most intimidating situations for most people is to enter a room where they know virtually no one. It feels uncomfortable. This is where the art of networking come in. Networking is all about making connections with people to see if there could be a reciprocal relationship built around helping one another. Sometimes it’s challenging to just get that conversation started. Here are three tips to help make it easier:


Cellphone use in Business Settings


Cellphones are a visible symptom of our addiction to technology. We use them for everything; we can’t be separated from them and we clutch at them constantly – even obsessively. Since habits and addictions often become automatic, it’s important to do a bit of self-analysis sometimes. Our all-important interactions with our cellphones can have a big impact on our professional image. Consider that colleague who is constantly rushing to the office bathroom or kitchen to have “personal” conversations which everyone can overhear anyway.

Here are a few simple office phone ethics to consider:

1. Avoid private topics in the office

Surely the whole office doesn’t need to hear about your sick child at the day care centre? Of course, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care – a sick child should be high on your priority list – but it shifts the focus away from work and puts the spotlight on your personal life. This not only shows disrespect to your colleagues but also adds to an unprofessional image. So rather leave the room and find a place where you can talk away from the office. Or if a call catches you off guard, offer to call the person back and take a break somewhere private where you can give the conversation your full attention without evoking the empathy of the whole office and messing with the work dynamic. Some companies offer a separate cellphone for business purposes which does help to makes a clear break between your personal and private calls.


Go Google Yourself

(Editor's Note:  This article caught our eye and of course what did we do?  We searched ourselves using Bing instead of Google, just to be cute!!  Doesn't matter which search engine or social media site you use.  Your online persona is more important than ever! Check them all out.)

How does the world see you? It may not be the way you see yourself. Either way, it's time you find out! 

Recently I typed my own name into a series of search engines to see how well known I was. Surprise surprise! I learned in England I am a soccer star with adoring fan clubs and celebrity status; in New Zealand I'm a playwright, author and editor. Stateside I am either a Gastroenterologist in Kalispell, Montana or a gospel singer with 4 CDs to my name in Ohio. Who knew!
My point? We need to know how our customers regard us. Is there market clarity or market confusion? Are customers as clear about who we are and what we can do for them as we are? If not, it's our responsibility to send a clear and consistent message about who we are and what's special about us.


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