This Week in Positive Change Management : 60-Day Check Up

02242016 60-day Check-Up

We are nearing the end of the first 60 days of this new cycle and it is high time to evaluate our progress. It is important to see how well you are performing. Whether or not you are doing well, this 60-day mark is always a great time to look back. However, if you are underperforming, then this is a great time to reexamine your performance. Here are 10 things to consider:

Perform all of your responsibilities

This is number 1 for a reason. Not only perform all of your responsibilities, do your best job. No slacking just because the tasks are not new anymore. Also if you are stuck, ask for help.

Learn the culture

Culture is very important to any organization. Absorb it like a sponge. Watch for the nonverbal which are more powerful than the verbal communication.

Meet with your management to gather feedback

Meet with your boss to make sure that you have clear and concise instructions.  This year is different from last year and you need to know what is expected of your right now in the beginning. If anything goes wrong, bring it up now. Don’t let it fester. The question you should ask is ‘ what is your definition of success?’ These meetings also signal to your boss, that you are proactive and in control of your career. Remember, it is your responsibility to advance your career.

Invest in some easy wins

Document all of these early wins. These go beyond bolstering your self-esteem. You can bring them with you during your meetings with the boss. Furthermore, they will serve as inputs for your first quarterly review. Documenting your wins shows your boss precisely what you are contributing.

Review the efficiency of company processes and procedures

If you have a solution to the problem, write it down before pitching it. Oftentimes, people mention their new ideas during meetings but don’t do the legwork to execute them. Formally writing down your solution, makes you more credible because he has something to work with.

Continue to build relationships with your colleagues

Don’t stop networking just because people are returning from the holidays and just getting back into the flow of work. A new cycle means new opportunities.

Visit other departments

Get out of the bubble and see how other departments operate. This would also be a great time to network and meet the new hires. You can also see if these other departments have needs and gaps to fulfill. Maybe another department is doing something better that you can incorporate into your routine. You will never know if you stay in the same fishbowl.

Evaluate boss and colleague feedback

Feedback is critical towards your immediate and future success. Taking the emotion out of the situation is my first recommendation. We are new and want to be accepted so job when someone says something critical, we become defensive. The reality is that your boss and coworkers are trying to help you do your job better.

Continue to evolve in your new role

I add the word evolve in there because you are wiser now than in the very beginning. Write down how you have evolved over these two months and what you expect to accomplish by the 90-day mark.

Continue to attend training

Even though you think have mastered everything, still keep learning. Training also presents you with a chance to expand your internal network by meeting new employees.

Reviewing these 10 things will help you better determine where you are during these first 60 days.

Source: http://www.right.com/wps/wcm/connect/right-us-en/home/thoughtwire/categories/career-work/30-60-90-day-plan-things-to-do-in-the-first-60-days-of-your-new-job

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Positive Change with Carla : Monitoring Progress

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Check out the original article at http://carlarjenkins.com/positive-change-with-carla-monitoring-progress/

We are at the halfway mark of the first-quarter and it is time to take stock. This Thursday’s all-new episode of Positive Change with Carla will focus on monitoring the progress we have made during these first 6 weeks. Here are the 5 steps towards monitoring progress:

  1. Create your plan
  2. Baseline your plan
  3. Enter project information
  4. Compare results
  5. Report results

Apply these five steps towards each personal and professional goal. If you are behind schedule on your personal and professional goals, this is now the time to adjust and still complete them by the end of the year. Here is the http://positivitychange.com/ article link: http://positivitychange.com/2016/02/this-week-in-positive-change-management-monitoring-progress/

Below is the Blogtalkradio show link to listen live tomorrow at 6pm EST:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/02/18/monitoring-progress

You can listen to all past Positive Change with Carla episodes here at the show page link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena

 

 

This Week in Positive Change Management : Monitoring Progress

02152016 Monitoring Progress

We are a few weeks into the New Year and it is high time to review your current year’s progress.  Remember, we here at http://positivitychange.com/  want you to manage positive change effectively. The editorial board’s aim is to help the reader evaluate his current progress. Here are the 5 steps towards monitoring progress:

  1. Create your plan
  2. Baseline your plan
  3. Enter project information
  4. Compare results
  5. Report results

Apply these five steps towards each personal and professional goal. If you are behind schedule on your personal and professional goals, this is now the time to adjust and still complete them by the end of the year. There are over 320 days remaining.

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kabani/how-to-monitor-your-project-progress

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This Week in Positive Change Management : 5 Steps to Brand Consistency

02092016 Brand Consistency

 

There is a lot of poor branding out there. Every day some talking head is mentioning personal branding.  No one talks about brand consistency; however, brand consistency is the way to stay memorable and relevant. Here are my 5 steps to achieving brand consistency:

  1. Do your research

Doing your research is important because what you think your brand communicates isn’t necessarily want the marketplace thinks. Ask people inside and outside of your company and profession what three words come to mind whenever someone mentions you. Remember, the definition of branding is what people think of you when you are not around. If you don’t conduct the appropriate market research, you will never know how consistent (or inconsistent) your brand is.

 

  1. Write down your mission statement

Your mission statement represents your current brand. To obtain a clear mission statement, ask yourself these two questions:

  • What do I want my brand to accomplish?
  • How do I want my brand to communicate these accomplishments?

Your mission statement must answer these questions by writing down 3 action verbs that best communicate them. This statement will serve as your brand consistency’s bedrock.

 

  1. Define your vision statement. This will be your tagline.

Your vision statement is your optimal future version of your brand. It can also double as your tagline. Vision statements are usually less than 20 words and they communicate your brand consistency. You will be use your mission statement as the foundation to write your vision statement.

 

  1. Develop a brand communication plan.

Use your mission and vision statements to create a solid brand communication plan. It is essential to control how your brand is transmitted. Although you work in a company, your brand must consistently communicate wherever you go. This is why I have broken down 4 audiences that will receive your brand message.

 

Below is a graph showing 4 quadrants. The columns represent organizational structure. They are departments (internal) and professional network (external). The rows represent people. They are coworkers and industry professionals (internal) and company employees and regular workers (external).

 

  Department (Internal) Network (External)
People (Internal) Coworkers Workers in your profession but outside the company
People (External) Employees outside your dept. Workers outside both your profession and company

 

The first quadrant represents your coworkers are both inside your immediate department and whom you interact with on a daily basis. They are the ones whom you communicate the most. The second quadrant represents the company employees work in the same building but not the same department. Although they have the same company structure, their departmental culture may differ from yours. The third quadrant represents the workers in your professional network whom share your occupation but not your company. Your commonality is your industry but they work in different company cultures. The fourth quadrant represents the people whom are both outside your company and profession. When writing your brand communication plan, write for the people in this fourth quadrant. These people are unfamiliar with your industry jargon and company culture. If they understand your brand and what it represents, then you have achieved brand consistency.

 

  1. Execute your plan and collect feedback.

Once you have created your plan, start implementing it. Roll it out to all four quadrants and await feedback. Collecting feedback is critical towards evaluating your brand’s consistency level. If your industry or company has changed, these changes would be recorded in your feedback. Incorporate it back into your brand to achieve brand consistency for the long-term.

 

Using these 5 tips would help you achieve brand consistency. For more on this topic and other business strategies, visit http://positivitychange.com/

This Week in Change Management : Change Management Resources

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The editorial board at PositivityChange wants the reader with the most up-to-date change management resources to ensure that he transitions as smooth as possible. Below are the new resources:

Association of Change Management Professionals

Founded in 2011, this is a professional organization for the change management profession. It also includes a certification program.

http://www.acmpglobal.org/

Prosci Change Management Learning Center

http://www.change-management.com/

Project Management Institute’s Change Management Page

The Project Management Institute has compiled all of its change management resources on this page. It is grouped by category (project, program, portfolio)

http://www.pmi.org/Learning/change-management/resource-library.aspx

Change Management Institute Global

Founded in 2005 in New Zealand, the Change Management Institute Global is a nonprofit organization for change management professionals.

https://www.change-management-institute.com/

These resources will provide our readers will high-quality information to guide them in their positive change management transitions. For more resources like this visit, PositivityChange

Positive Change with Carla Radio Reset to Refresh

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Click here to read the original article via http://carlarjenkins.com/ : http://bit.ly/1Pi2DV1

How do you know when it’s time to hit the reset button? What do you do when you are literally sick and tired of being sick and tired? This episode provides you with three steps towards refreshing yourself to avoid burnout. Thursday at 6pm EST/ 3pm PST, listen to an all-new episode Positive Change with Carla. Click on the link to listen live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/02/04/reset-to-refresh

You can listen all Positive Change with Carla archival episodes here:

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CEOBlogNation Adds PositivityChange to Its Directory

Today CEOBlogNation, http://www.ceoblognation.com/, a business blogging directory, has added http://positivitychange.com/ to the company’s directory. Below is the tweet:

We are happy with this addition! Check out http://positivitychange.com/ for more positive change management tips and resources.