Do you want to get that raise or negotiate a promotion? Consider this: The next time you have to negotiate something try to have the meeting in your office if at all possible. Studies show that you are much more comfortable in your own space and that you are much more likely to get the result that you want if you are holding the meeting in your office. We are more confident when we are in a location we feel comfortable in.
This is a question many of my clients ask. Not all advisory boards are paid, but most of them do receive some from of compensation. Donations to the members’ favorite charity, a discount on a service that the board members use and the company offers, or a gift certificate are common forms of compensation for more informal advisory boards. Boards that are helping make high stakes decisions are usually compensated with a stipend for each meeting attended.
Gossiping is one of the most destructive actions that anyone can engage in. If you have a problem with someone - tell him or her directly if at all possible. Don’t complain about them behind their back. Always talk about someone as though they were in the room. To do otherwise is destructive to both the person who is not present to defend their action and to the person who is being critical.
When someone says or does something that is upsetting, do your best to step back and remember that although it might have felt like a personal attack, the things that happen at work aren't personal – they're business. Take a deep breath, go for a walk if possible and then consider how you might be able to look at the exchange and improve the way you do business.
More companies than ever before are setting up advisory boards to help develop strategy to implement business goals. The key to using an advisory board is to make sure you have the questions and areas you need help with in mind and can clearly articulate the role you would like the members of the group to address. Have an agenda. If you are not experienced at running meetings, ask or hire someone who is an expert in meeting facilitation to chair the board.
Innovation is rarely a solo act. Most great ideas come from teamwork and collaboration. If this is so, why are most people so reluctant to ask for help when they are trying to solve a problem or work out a way to do their job differently? If you are struggling with how to make a change in your business and haven’t come up with the answer on your own, pick up the phone and call a trusted colleague or friend and ask them to brainstorm a solution with you.
First, pull out your paper and a pen, or open your note app. No really - don't keep reading until you've done it!
Got it? Good.
Now, name three things that you did last year that you are proud of. Next, name three things that you want to do differently this year. Finally, name three things that you would like help with.
Congratulate yourself on your success, and then keep your list of what you would like to achieve posted in a place that you will see everyday. Spend a few minutes everyday thinking about how the tasks you are doing today are helping you achieve the goals on your list.
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