People + Process = Profit

April 14th, 2009

This is my area of focus for my consulting business – transforming people and process into profit.  Although every business wants to believe it is unique, overall, it isn’t.  In essence, this equation just boils down the key, basic principles of effective businesses.  Although it sounds to easy to be true, it “works” – delivers results.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.

Research – no excuses in today’s world

April 13th, 2009

I was discussing Linked In with a colleauge, and it gave me the idea for this post.  There is an abundance of resources these days to research topics, locate people, ask questions, poll contacts etc.  I remember when I was searching for my first job, I went to the library to use the computer to go on a specific site (I don’t remember the name of it) to research companies – google was non-existant.  There are no excuses in today’s information overloaded world.  Research options are abundant; now the key is to carefully prioritize where you spend your time, as it is easy to waste countless hours on non-essential research.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.

Why Does Persistence Matter?

April 9th, 2009

Perhaps I should be concerned, as I’ve been compared to several different animals as symbols of persistence.   For example, earlier in my career, I won a service award largely related to my persistence, and the award was a solid glass bear  – why animals seem to be a symbol of persistence, I’m not sure.  Maybe we can learn something from them…  After all, my consulting mentor constantly says that we can learn something from dogs in that they do not have a bad self esteem after a failure (for example, not receiving the desired treat); instead they consider every opportunity to try again.  If you take a step back and think about that, it is quite interesting…..if we didn’t know / realize we had “failed”, would we try again, and end up far more successful?

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Do Nice Guys Always Finish Last?

April 7th, 2009

Although it sometimes can be true with a short term perspective, I find that if you have a long term perspective, nice guys do NOT finish last!   Especially in today’s turbulent times, relationships are key – and if you are one of the nice guys, it will circle back around to you.  Have faith.  In the last few months, I’ve seen surrmounting evidence that nice guys are making a comeback – of course, the nice guy has to have substence as well as niceness, yet assuming both ingredients exist, be prepared for success.

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Relationships – Why Do They Matter?

April 5th, 2009

Although it has always been true, it is being recognized more widely in today’s economic and turbulent enivornment that relationships are fundamental to personal and professional success.  Every person I know who has successfully interviewed or found another job has accomplished it largely through relationships.  Certainly, everyone who has maintained an overall positive and healthy attitude and perspective has accomplished it through relationships.  And, even those feeling despair have overcome the worst of circumstances through the power of relationships.  Value your relationships.  And, strangely, the world is becoming smaller and smaller through the use of social media and perhaps due to the economic challenges – within the last few months, I’ve been referred to or found people I knew ages ago through my relationship network.  Therefore, not only are relationships vital but they are longer-lasting and/or can pop up 20 years later – be selective and then nurture and value your selected relationships while keeping a friendly and positive approach with the rest.

© Lisa Anderson 2009. All rights reserved.