When is it Time to Hire a Consultant?

Are You on Track to Meet Your Quarterly & Annual Goals?

goals2I’m not just referring to your sales goals (although those are critical), I also mean goals of the mission and vision of your company, employee satisfaction and engagement, awareness, and everything else that indicates a strong and successful business. If you’re not quite on target, it’s time to make a change. Bringing in an outside consultant may be the breath of fresh air (and new set of eyes) your business needs to have a strong year of target hitting and growth. Even the largest, most successful companies turn to consultants; maybe it’s time you consider it too!

Here are seven signs it’s time to hire a consultant:

1. You feel stuck or stagnant.
Simply put: If you feel like your business is in a rut, it probably is. If you’re not growing, you’re dying, and now’s the time to take matters into your own hands. Hiring a consultant can help address these concerns and get you back on track for growth.

2. You need help identifying problems, issues, or areas for improvement.
It’s a hard truth that people “on the inside” often don’t see things as clearly as those “on the outside”. Sometimes executives and business leaders may be blind to areas within their organizations that aren’t functioning optimally, or opportunities to enhance their business both externally and internally. Consultants bring the fresh, objective perspective that can open up new ideas and avenues that weren’t identified previously, and enhance a business.

3. You’re unsure of which direction to go.
Even if you have identified areas for growth, it may be tricky to decide on how to move forward. Consultants can help strategize as well as implement new plans, programs, and procedures to move forward and help your business grow.

4. You want someone to supplement your staff, but don’t want to hire a full time employee.
Let’s face it- hiring a full time employee is expensive. Consultants are an efficient way to get temporary expertise and support when you need it most. By hiring a consultant, you will get a relatively low cost, low commitment solution to a project or problem you’re facing.

5. You want insight into your market.
Many business leaders think they know their customer, but their knowledge is often biased and subjective. It’s tough to remove your “business” cap when trying to understand your customers. Consultants don’t have the same biases, and are able to conduct the research necessary to provide honest insight and feedback that will help you relate to your customers and better serve them.

6. You want freshness and creativity.
Every company does things differently and has their own creative process for operations, marketing, production, etc. Because they have been around other businesses and been exposed to innovation among different industries, consultants will bring new ideas and creativity to your business that you may not have had access to previously. In an ever-changing world, innovation is critical to stay afloat.

7. You want to bring new life to your organization.
Companies get stale, but consultants can bring a freshness and excitement that may have been lacking. Mixing it up and engaging new professionals with your team can liven up the work environment, spark new ideas, and create a critical collaborative environment.

If you find yourself identifying with any of these seven signs, do your business a favor and consider bringing on a consultant to help. Amazing results come from collaboration, and recognizing the need for improvement is the first step in achieving your goals.

 

Originally  posted by;

Breanna Bremer

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The Instant Gratification of The E-Break

A GREAT REMINDER.

This comes from an article on Fast Company written by Jane Porter…

One of the most common ways people choose to waste time is what psychologists James Baker and James Phillips call e-breaks—checking and responding to email as a way to avoid an actual task at hand. But they see these e-breaks as a form of “defensive avoidance”; not all that different from the morally substitutable acts Pychyl is interested in. According to their research, people who choose to e-break as a way to step away from their work tend to be more frequent procrastinators.

'My name is Kerry and I'm an email-aholic...'

It makes sense. If someone is inclined to check email as a break from working on another task and email is simply a click away, the chances of succumbing to distraction are far more frequent than getting up to go to the vending machine.

DISTRACTIONS PLACE A STRAIN ON OUR COGNITIVE ABILITIES. IT CAN TAKE MORE THAN 20 MINUTES TO REGAIN FOCUS AFTER A SINGLE INTERRUPTION.
According to research from the University of California, Irvine

Ron Friedman, founder of the leadership consulting firm ignite80 likens compulsively checking and responding to email to dropping everything to run to the grocery store each time you discover you’re running low on an item in your cupboard. “It’s easy to see the cost of driving to the store every time we crave a bag of potato chips,” he writes in Harvard Business Review. “What is less obvious to us, however, is the cognitive price we pay each time we drop everything and switch activities to satisfy a mental craving.”

I know this already and have gotten a pretty good handle on emails, however, I have to wonder what the research says about compulsively posting a blog as a procrastination choice???

Read the full article here;
http://www.fastcompany.com/3039838/how-we-trick-our-brains-into-feeling-productive

Have you ever wished you had a partner in your business…

…because you could really benefit from having someone on board who would… “fill in the blank here”…

We all have!

Being a business owner can be lonely, having someone to share the ups, downs and tough decisions with would be awesome…right?Partner in crime

 What could you really use a partner for?

 share your “partner wish list” with us…

Is Your Business Suffering From Effectiveness Deficit Disorder?

How do you answer these 8 questions?

1. Is your Inbox an overwhelming endless project?

2. Do you encounter multiple distractions while trying to focus on a project?

3. Do you get to the end of your work day feeling like you haven’t accomplished what you had planned to?

4. Do you look at your to do list and feel overwhelmed by how long it is?

5. Do you ever get so absorbed in a project that you unintentionally put the rest of your business on hold?

6. Do you have initiatives and projects that you’ve started but not finished? Or just can’t even seem to start?

7. Do you reach the end of the year and realize you didn’t make the goals you had set for your business (again)?

8. Are you frustrated or disappointed with the rate and level of growth your business has reached?

If you’ve answered yes to more than 3 of these questions then your business is suffering from E.D.D.

What would a little more focus mean to your business?

Please share your comments, questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear them!

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