Phenomena LLC Is Offering a Free Personal Branding Course to Help Busy Professionals

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Read the original press release here: http://bit.ly/1swiYAy

Carla R Jenkins, CEO of Phenomena LLC, is offering a free personal branding email course. Boost Your Brand with 5 Personal Branding Tips is an email course giving the professional 1 personal branding tip every day for 5 days. In addition, each lesson comes with a corresponding exercise after every lesson. Ms. Jenkins remarks that ‘it is essential to make this course as interactive as my book, Expand Your Personal Brand’. Expand Your Personal Brand contains 20 chapters with 20 corresponding exercises. Boost Your Brand email course accomplishes the same thing on a smaller scale. ‘In today’s globally competitive environment, it is indispensable for every professional to have his own personal brand.’ You can sign up for this course here: http://positivitychange.com/course

Carla R. Jenkins

Carla R Jenkins is a phenomenal expert specializing in positive change management. As the CEO of Phenomena Management Consulting, Carla Jenkins is a business visionary and trailblazer who coaches and leads organizations and individuals in addressing their business, economics, branding and project management needs. Furthermore, in 10 years’ work experience, Ms. Jenkins has received 4 promotions in 10 years. She is also the chief blogger for PositivityChange.com, a positive change management blog, and PM.Expert a project management blog.

Carla Jenkins has been rated #12 out of the top 21 change management experts on Twitter by Change Blog. Ms. Jenkins is ranked along with such luminaries like Mike Lehr, Andre Harrell and John P. Kotter. Here is the link:http://change.walkme.com/21-change-management-influencers-you-absolutely-need-to-follow-on-twitter/

Visit Carla R Jenkins at her website: http://carlarjenkins.com/

Buy Expand Your Personal Brand on either Amazon or http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXTELEE

 

When Change Isn’t Welcomed

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I know that I have been on hiatus (due to my promoting my book, Expand Your Personal Brand. You can buy it here:  http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/ ). However, I have returned with more change-related articles.

Twitter has decided to not count photos and links as characters; yet, its stock price still lags. Insiders say that Twitter’s current changes don’t go far enough for it compete with rival, Facebook. Facebook has rolled out Facebook Live as a response to Twitter’s acquisition of livestreaming app, Periscope. http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/05/24/twitter-incs-140-character-count-change-fails-to-i.aspx

Many look at the information technology as the quintessential definition of change; however, even IT faces problems with its industry changes. Here Tech Target writes on how three IT executives handle change: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/news/450296768/How-three-digital-leaders-overcame-resistance-to-change

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This Week in PCM : Position Yourself as an Expert

05082016 Position Yourself as an Expert

Many professionals fear May because it is college commencement month. There is a slew of newly minted degreed professionals who will work for less money. Don’t view this as a bad thing. View yourself as an expert and the marketplace always pays experts more than beginners. Take May and turn this month on its ears by positioning yourself as an expert.

Conduct a skills inventory

This is a skills assessment. This is the first step of the process. Before you position yourself as an expert, you must know what you can do. Write down what you can do not what you are good at (yet). Just scribble down what you can do at work. Also include your hobbies. If you are the head of your Girl Scouts troop then write down that you possess leadership and child development skills. Make this an exhaustive list because you don’t know what you are good at. Too often we restrict our talents and skills to our job. Here list everything.

Determine what you are good at

Now whittle down that exhaustive list into three categories: low medium and high. These categories are for how well you perform each skill. If you are not very good at it, rate it as low. If you are good at it but not an expert, rate it as medium. However, if you can do it in your sleep, rate this as high. When you’re done, you’ve categorized all of the skills on your list.

Focus on the Skills on Your High List

This list contains the skills that you will use towards becoming an expert. These are the skills that separate you from everyone else. This list serves as the foundation to build your competitive advantage. Your competitive advantage is the one thing that you can do better than anyone else. This advantage is how you position yourself in the market. It is also how you overcome the dredge of new college graduates entering the market. They don’t have your skills, wisdom and experience.

Furthermore, your competitive advantage separates you from your contemporaries too. Those professionals whom have your skills, education, and years of experience don’t have the same comparative advantage. I think that many older professionals only view the new graduates as competition but the person next to you is your competitor. Yet, he probably does not have your competitive advantage because there is something that you can do better than he can do.

Communicate Your Comparative Advantage

This is the final but critical step towards becoming an expert. People must know what you can do. There are plenty of highly skilled people whom don’t promote themselves in the marketplace. No one will know if you don’t communicate this to them. You can communicate this through speaking and giving presentations. I know that more people fear public speaking than death. Let me put a spin on this : when you speak, you are communicating your proficiency. Don’t fear transmitting your expertise to people. Embrace it because someone needs and if you are really good, will pay for it. You can also write and mentor other people. These are two other communication methods. Regardless of the means that you use, get your message out there so that someone will notice. Communicating your comparative advantage sends a signal out to the marketplace that you have overcome fear of public speaking and the unknown to emerge as an expert.

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This Week on PCM : People Need Encouragement to Change

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Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. People don’t change with encouragement and help. If left isolated, they revert back to their old ways. Harvard Business Review highlights this very problem. In its publication, the magazine reports that people don’t change unless they receive support. You have to believe in that they have the capacity to change. The article continues stating that if you don’t think that they can change, then they will not change. Here is the article below: https://hbr.org/2016/04/people-wont-grow-if-you-think-they-cant-change

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4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment

04212016 4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment

 

Whether we work for someone else or for ourselves, we spend 1/3 of our lives working for a living. We would like work to be a positive experience. Oftentimes it is not. The workplace can be a minefield. Smart Hustle Magazine’s has written an article 4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment. The four ways are:

  1. Hire the Right Employees
  2. Engage with Your Employees
  3. Listen to Your Employees
  4. Reward Your Employees

You can read the article here:

http://www.smarthustle.com/tips-for-creating-positive-work-environment/?utm_content=buffer4df59&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Kraft and Change Management

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Change is the only constant. It affects everyone and everything. There is no immunity to change. Case in point: Kraft deciding to remove all food coloring and dyes in its macaroni and cheese last year. Huffington Post writes about 5 things that we can learn about change management from Kraft. They are:

  1. Be transparent
  2. Listen to your stakeholders
  3. Move slowly
  4. Understand the psychology of change
  5. Celebrate and use the wisdom of the crowds

You can read the Huffington Post’s article here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-wainger/5-change-management-lesso_b_9695238.html

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This Week in PCM : Tips for Change Management for Entrepreneurs

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This week in positive change management will focus on entrepreneurs. We know that PositivityChange is read by entrepreneurs as well as workers. Entrepreneurs want to experience positive change in the form of increased profits, more products sold and better customer retention. This link from the Manila Bulletin.

Here is the link: http://www.mb.com.ph/tips-on-change-management-for-entrepreneurs/

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PositivityChange Founder Carla Jenkins Recognized as a Change Management Influencer

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April 9, 2016- I am proud to announce the PositivityChange’s founder, Carla Jenkins, was featured as one of the Change Blog’s Top 21 Change Management Influencers You Need to Follow on Twitter List. Ms. Jenkins was ranked #12. Ms. Jenkins commented that ‘It was an honor and totally unexpected to be amongst such illustrious people. I wrote PositivityChange to address the need to positive change news. So many people view change as a negative; but, there is positive change out there.’

Here is the link: http://change.walkme.com/21-change-management-influencers-you-absolutely-need-to-follow-on-twitter/

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5 Differences between Busy and Productive People

04082016 Busy versus Productive

Today people are running around busier than ever. They are on their phones, laptops, tablets and desktops. However, they are tired and less productive. People falsely mistake busyness for productive because they doing so many things. Productive means finishing the tasks that you start. Here are 5 differences between busy and productive people.

Productive people don’t care if people are looking. Busy people do things to put on airs.

Productive people announce outcomes when things are actually done. Busy people tell you the play-by-play. The problem is that many things can go wrong. What happens if something doesn’t go according to plan or doesn’t come to fruition? Busy people think that constantly announcing whatever they are doing is keeping people informed but in reality it is oversharing. People don’t care the number of steps involved. They just care about the outcome.

Productive people only put three items on their to-do list.

Keeping shorter to-do lists don’t overwhelm you. One to three things are manageable. Having 10 things on your to-do list shocks your brain.

Productive people single-task. Busy people multitask.

Multitasking is a lie! It makes you tired because you are expending so much energy doing ten things at a time. Furthermore, it overloads your brain. If you are allocating the same amount of time towards 10 things, then you are doing 1/10. There is a very big difference between 10/1 versus 1/10. Do one thing, ten times versus ten things, one time. When you do one thing ten times, you complete ten things. However, if you do ten things one time, none of these ten things are completed.

Productive people say yes strategically. Busy people say yes to everything.

Let’s define strategic versus tactic. Strategic means long-term. Tactic means short-term. Productive people are strategic. Busy people are tactical. When productive people say yes, they’re thinking of the long-term implications of their decisions. Busy people only think about the right now. That’s tactical because it’s short-term.

Busy people are distracted. Productive people are focused.

Productive people don’t get sidetracked because their best friends are calling them on their jobs. They their friends that they cannot call them at work because they are focused on completing their tasks. Busy people take their friends’ phone calls during their breaks that spill over into work time because everything is important.

These 5 busy versus productive people distinctions will help you improve my time management and reduce being overwhelmed by focusing on what really matters.

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Sources:

Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051920/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/the-three-biggest-differences-being-busy-and-productiv

Entrepreneur: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229625

 

This Week in PCM : Three Steps for Planning for Interruptions

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Life happens. Interruptions occur and we must deal with them while still delivering our work on time, on topic and under budget! Even though we want to always experience positive change, negative things happen. We must adequately prepare ourselves because the work still must get done! Here are my top three things to complete your work even with interruptions.

Add some cushion

Don’t schedule so tight. There will always be some interruptions. I allocate 10% buffer just in case of emergencies. You need a time cushion just in case you have to be the backup representative at a meeting you’re not even supposed to be in because your other colleague is unavailable. Time cushions enable you enough lead time to get back on track and complete your work.

Develop contingency plans

A contingency plan is a backup plan. You need at least one contingency plan in place just in case your original plan doesn’t go according to plan. There are always changes in budgets, priorities, and time so you have to adjust to ensure that the work still gets done. For instance, your operating budget is $1 million but due to the recession, it has been cut to $500,000. Your contingency plan should have been developed just in case one of the triple constraints (scope, cost and time) is cut. Your project scope will have to be cut too. No one cares that the budget is cut. They still want the work done.

I recommend having more than one contingency plan. I have experienced too much change and turbulence in the workplace that I have been forced to create multiple contingency plans. Therefore, have not only plan B but C, D and E if necessary!

Learn to reprioritize

Sometimes after interruptions, your work task priorities shift. Some things are more important than others. When there are quarterly or end-of-the-year deadlines, time—sensitive projects are higher priorities. Quarterly time-sensitive matters and urgent deadlines are interruptions because they only occur every three to four times a year. If your other work shares the same deadline as the high-priority work, management may let you delay submitting it until after the quarter.

Adding cushion, developing contingency plans and learning to reprioritize enable you to bounce back from workplace interruptions and finish your work on time.

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