Positive Change with Carla : Spring Clean Your Finances

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Today on Positive Change with Carla, I will discuss the importance of spring cleaning your finances. We link spring cleaning to our houses. Well, what if we also spring clean our financial houses? This is a great time to review our salaries, banking accounts, retirements and health plans. Join me today at 6pm EST/ 3pm PST for my show.

Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/03/17/spring-clean-your-finances

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This Week in PCM: 5 Areas in Need of Spring Cleaning

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Continuing the spring cleaning series, this week’s positive change management article will focus on 5 areas in need of sprucing. These areas are: finances, network, sales leads, website and operations.

Check your finances

Tax season is a great time to conduct a personal audit. If you spot problems, then you can resolve them or at least meet with an accountant and devise a repayment plan. Moreover, it is better that you conduct your own private audit rather than the IRS.

Reexamine your network

Right now who are you hanging around? Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the 5 closest people whom you associate. Evaluate your inner circle. Are they holding you back? If so, then find some new people to surround yourself. Your network is supposed to be your wings not your anchor.

Evaluate your sales leads/funnels

Are you optimizing and leveraging your technological resources to maximize your profits? Have you looked at incorporating new technologies like live streaming for news announcements or live product demonstrations? People and businesses are social selling through Periscope, Blab and Facebook Live. Social selling is selling goods and services through social media. Furthermore, can you generate more sales through a mobile app? You have to go where you customers are; and, the mobile market is ever increasing. Investigate all revenue generating avenues to meet or exceed your targets.

Review your website

Does your website look outdated? Check the photos, links, and copy. Also look at competition for new color ideas. In addition, remember that content is king. Is your blog informative and adhering to industry standards? Does your company have a blogging editorial calendar where it routinely publishes its articles? Reliability is key towards building an audience and increasing brand awareness resulting in customer retention.

Review operations and procedures

Are your business standard operating procedures (SOP) outdated? Do they make it harder to do business? If not, ditch them. You have to evaluate your firm’s growth. What works as a sole proprietor doesn’t work when you have employees. Reviewing your SOPs ensure that your business is nimble enough to compete in the global marketplace.

Check out the first article in the spring cleaning series: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

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Positive Change with Carla : Spring Cleaning

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Today on Positive Change with Carla, I will be discussing spring cleaning. March is the start of spring, and it is high time to turn over a new leaf doing away with things that don’t serve you. I will be giving out tips on how spring cleaning will develop positive change.

Check out the PositivityChange article: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/03/10/spring-cleaning

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Positive Change with Carla : Monitoring Progress

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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

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This Week in Positive Change Management : Monitoring Progress

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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

For this and other positive change management tips, visit http://positivitychange.com/

Positive Change with Carla Radio Reset to Refresh

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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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New Positive Change with Carla Airing This Friday

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As previously announced on www.carlarjenkins.com, this week’s Positive Change with Carla will air on a special day. It will air Friday instead of Thursday. The new episode ‘Evaluating Your Annual Personal Career Brand Performance’ will delve into how to use your most recent performance rating to map out this year’s work performance strategy.

Check out the Blogtalkradio Positive Change with Carla episode link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/01/22/evaluating-your-annual-personal-career-brand-performance

New Positive Change with Carla airing this Tuesday on Blogtalkradio

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Per www.carlarjenkins.com, Project Management Mondays will air Tuesday, January 19, 2016 due to the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. The two topics this broadcast will discuss are new 2016 PMP exam changes and PMBOK 4.2 developing project management plan. Check out the Project Management Institute’s link here: http://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/pmp.aspx. Check out the Blogtalkradio show link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/01/19/new-2016-pmp-exam-changes-and-pmbok-42-developing-project-management-plan

This Week in Positive Change Management : Proactive for Positive Change

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This is the second full week of January where many people start sliding on their New Year resolutions. However, you must stay diligent and proactive on making positive change. We here at PositivityChange know that you are committed towards manifesting positive change. Here are resources that will help you keep your resolutions during week 2 and beyond.

American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx

LifeHack: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/7-steps-for-making-a-new-years-resolution-and-keeping-it.html

WikiHow: http://www.wikihow.com/Stick-to-a-New-Year’s-Resolution

Bankrate: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/9-ways-to-keep-your-new-year-s-resolutions-1.aspx

Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2015/01/01/11-easy-ways-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutions/#2715e4857a0b5602b36dc328

PhraseMix: http://www.phrasemix.com/blog/5-steps-to-achieving-your-new-years-resolutions

Fitday: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/3-simple-steps-for-keeping-your-new-years-resolutions.html

 

Declare then Do!

12132015 Declare then Do

How do you do something different when you don’t know how to get started?

I know that when you see the title declare then do and you think it is the latest psychobabble. Well, it is not. I never serve psychobabble or popular psychology. My sole aim is to write about positive change leadership and management. I have been stuck before. This article is my lesson in how to get unstuck.

A colleague and I were selected for the headquarters’ leadership development program. Upon graduating, I returned to our agency and she served a detail at the headquarters. She detailed there for 3 months and then was offered a promotion at a different agency. I was frustrated because I was processing 70% of my section’s estimates making the same amount of money, whereas, she was promoted doing new and exciting work (for higher pay!). I asked her how she received her promotion. She went into detail telling me that she took a Management Analyst assignment instead of an Economist one while at the headquarters. That was seen as a high-profile assignment. Someone at her new agency inquired about her. That inquiry led to an interview which she aced receiving her promotion. Immediately I looked up the Management Analyst position and saw that project management was closely related. Although I had all of this information, I was stuck. I heard project management as a buzzword, but I knew absolutely nothing about this discipline.

How I Got Unstuck

Always start with the end in mind. You know what you want. Right now you just don’t know how to go about accomplishing what you want. Just writing down the end eliminates paralysis of analysis.

Work backwards from the end

Go step by step backwards all the way until you arrive at the beginning where you are. The middle tends to get murky. Use the end as a definitive point guiding you through the process.

Working in the public sector, there were job descriptions for everything. I researched the Management Analyst job description and saw that I needed 12 credit hours of management. Having an MBA qualified me for this position but I didn’t want to be minimally qualified. I surfed the Internet for cheap project management courses finding a great alternative. Then, I had my employer pay for it.

See which transferable skills can give you the competitive advantage

Don’t just meet the minimum exceed it! This is how you stand out from the rest. Remember, there probably already people who were doing your job. Your future employer doesn’t need a duplicate because that’s a waste of time and money. You must stand out and discovering where you can apply your transferable skills to your new ones.

In my case, I chose to obtain my CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification. I already had the transferable skill with my MBA so my CAPM would be my competitive advantage. I took my first project management course in April 2010 earning my CAPM certification in August 2011.

Now it wasn’t a straight and narrow path. I failed my exam the first time. I was stuck again! Immediately I performed an autopsy examining my study habits. I devoted 2 extra hours of study creating my own practice exams shoring up my weak areas. I passed the CAPM exactly 2 weeks later. There was good news: I received my promotion 8 months to the day I passed the CAPM certification exam.

I accomplished all of this because I declared to get unstuck persevering against all odds and you can too!