NCG, Inc Represents at Industry Event in Dallas

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NCG, Inc understands that in order to deliver top notch results for our clients, our scope must be much broader than Trumbull, Connecticut. One way this is accomplished is by regularly attending industry events around the country. It is an opportunity for employees and management to learn from other industry professionals, meet with clients, receive recognition from peers, as well as travel and have some fun!

Recently, the NCG, Inc leadership team had the opportunity to be present at an invite-only annual conference in Dallas, Texas. It was an action-packed weekend and it did not disappoint! On Saturday morning, conference attendees met for breakfast to fuel up for the day before joining the General Session hosted by top performers in the industry. The conference attendees were then divided into smaller groups to receive more personalized coaching, given by some of the most respected and knowledgeable business leaders.

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Jolene and Laura enjoying cocktail hour

After a full day of soaking up knowledge, it was time for cocktail hour! NCG, Inc and the rest of the conference participants were dressed to impress in formal attire, anxiously awaiting the awards dinner and show! This was the perfect time to catch up with colleagues from around the country that may only get together at these types of events –- somewhat of a reunion. The awards dinner and show were the grand finale. Seeing people recognized for all of their accomplishments over the previous year reminds everyone of what the daily grind truly leads to.

The president of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor, shared her thoughts on the Dallas event: “These events are a great reminder that no matter your background – you, too, can be successful. There’s no secret recipe… you don’t need a business degree or a ton of experience. All you need is a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. It’s also great to see what that success can lead to. To me, the biggest motivator is having the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my family and the financial ability to do so – vacations, picking my future kids up from school and more.”

To see more highlights from this event and more, follow NCG, Inc on LinkedIn!

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Gabby and Laura en route to Dallas

She’s Doing It All: Meet Laura Amiot

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This bossbabe is doing it all!

When NCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) recognizes one of our top performers, we do it big. Picture this… A corporate ballroom filled with 800+ of your peers. All eyes on the stage. And your name is announced. You walk up (careful not to trip) receiving high fives along the way. You are being recognized for the outstanding leadership that you’ve been exemplifying. This was the case for Laura Amiot at a northeastern industry conference this past April.

NCG, Inc President Jolene Foor selected Laura for this award because she is a great example to others in business. She also explained that Laura does an exceptional job leading and managing a team. This is, in part, due to her ability to communicate effectively; asking questions and focusing on the facts of a situation. Laura is also a go-getter, “I see her taking on new responsibilities before she’s even officially trained on them!” says Jolene.

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Laura and her daughter

Laura was born in Whittier, California and raised in Chino, California. She loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping and fishing. “I grew up SCUBA diving and surfing, so any chance I get to travel and do that I do it,” Laura added. This business savvy, surfing, camping woman is also a mother to a 5 year old little girl. What an amazing example. Some of their favorite things to do together are going to the park and exploring other fun places around the area.

When asked ‘what makes working for NCG, Inc great or different?’ Laura summed it up for us. “I love the opportunity to learn from my coworkers and to help my team succeed. I also love that I am not chained to a desk; being able to go out to visit business owners is something I never thought I would be able to do but, in fact, I love everything about it! I am learning more about myself through this position than I have anywhere else. I have gained an immense amount of confidence and seen how much I can truly accomplish. NCG, Inc is different from previous jobs I’ve had because of the opportunity I have to move up so quickly based on merit.”

Although Laura has had a lot of accomplishments at NCG, Inc already – she’s not slowing down! Her goals are to be able to consult and mentor entrepreneurs around the country to help their businesses thrive. Personally, she sees herself being married and watching her family grow.

Stay tuned to hear about Laura’s inevitable promotion to Assistant Management in the coming months! You can follow our Trumbull-based firm on Instagram @ NCGinc to keep tabs!

Recognizing the Difference Between Skill and Will: An Essential Task of Leadership

The Management Training Program at NCG, Inc provides hands-on training and leadership experience to all of its participants. In learning how to manage a group of people, whether small or large, there are common obstacles that all leaders face. For this week’s blog post, we decided to delve into an interesting topic of leadership.

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If you’ve ever led a team, the following scenario will likely look familiar to you: You’ve got a team member with loads of potential. Let’s call him Ed. He seems bright, he’s got a solid education, he comes from a great family, he dresses sharp, he’s got tons of charisma… BUT… he doesn’t perform. You monitor his progress and he seems to be consistently dropping the ball. You wonder to yourself: “How can this be? Suzie, who doesn’t have half of his attributes or advantages, is totally kicking his butt!” Now it’s time to play doctor and diagnose Ed. Why is this apparent stud not getting the job done?

Our natural instinct, more than likely, is to assume that he lacks motivation. He’s sharp, he’s been successful before, so he’s simply failing because he isn’t bringing a strong work ethic to his current role. Right??…

NO! Not necessarily!

What we’re less likely to consider is that Ed is struggling with his new responsibilities because he lacks the essential knowledge to perform. He’s outside of his comfort zone and doesn’t know what he’s doing. What Ed needs, in this scenario, is most definitely not a pep talk. What he needs is actually a lesson. He needs the information and the practice necessary to perform at a higher level.

The ability to correctly distinguish between “skill” and “will” when it comes to the Eds of the world is a trait that all successful leaders possess. It’s easy to get frustrated with the members of our team for not carrying their weight, simply because we forget to verify that their toolboxes are filled with what’s needed to complete the job.

What are the consequences of failing to coach Ed correctly? This part should be obvious! We miss out on getting to work with them in their full glory. Not only do we fail to unleash their potential, but we often lose them as team members altogether. This is a lose lose situation that is easily avoided by an accurate diagnosis.

This is a phenomenon expertly addressed by Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership theory. Here at NCG, Inc we are big fans of this framework, and we highly suggest it to anyone looking to improve his or her leadership abilities.

As we head into the new week and the final week of May, we encourage you to think about this concept in regard to the people you manage. Our Trumbull-based team wishes you a successful week and we can’t wait to hear your feedback about how an awareness of “skill” versus “will” affects your coaching style.

Follow NCG, Inc on Instagram @NCGinc (easy to remember, right!)

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: The 7 Most Critical Habits for your 20’s

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing development for our people inside and outside of the work place. The professional success of our people is just as important to us as their personal success as well. So, we reviewed this article from http://www.uncer30ceo.com that was all about the habits that people can form in their 20’s to build a solid foundation for their future.

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” Aristotle

When we think about our 20’s, it’s supposed to be the most fun and important decade of our lives. We begin to experience the world and to develop habits that will either positively or negatively impact our future. Living in the present is essential to enjoying life, but it’s also important to not forget about the future too.

Warren Buffet, in his speech at The Nebraska Forum in 1999, mentions that the two most important things you can develop as a young adult to reach your full potential are: education and habits. Education helps unlock your potential and habits are what keep you reaching the next level. He says to think about the person who you admire and to think about hte person you dislike the most in your life. Then, write down a list of qualities on a piece of paper for each person that you can look at everyday. The solution is simple, emulate the person you admire and avoid the qualities of the person you dislike.

But, why are habits so important? Well, Duke University researchers published a paper in 2006 that showed that more than 40% of the actions performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits. Habits are nothing more than the choices we make everyday. At some point, we stop thinking about these choices and they become second nature, so, a habit.

Here are the seven most critical habits you can develop in your 20’s to ensure a solid foundation and a bright future!

1. Intentionally Experiment
Society perceives that people in their 20’s should be figuring out what to do with their lives. So, doing things like taking AP classes, going to college, get a high-paying job with benefits, climb the ladder, and retire at 65. The only problem with that is that it doesn’t guarantee true happiness and fulfillment. Your 20’s is a time to experiment, get to know more about yourself, and figure out the kind of person that you want to be. So, experiment and find out where each and every opportunity takes you and see what aligns with your interests.

2. Be Grateful.
Young adults want things, and want them now. Gratitude is about shifting your focus from what your life lacks to what you currently have. It makes people more resilient, improves health, and reduces stress. People who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back faster from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than the people who don’t practice gratitude. “To feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. it just means that we are aware of our blessings.” -Dr. Robert Emmons

3. Ask Yourself Better Questions.
Have you ever been afraid to ask a question when you were in school? You were just too worried you would sound stupid in front of the class. But, just understand that asking questions is the only way to become knowledgeable. Tony Robbins says, “The things you can change start by changing your reality. To change your reality, you need to change what you focus on. The best way to change what you are focusing on is to ask yourself better questions.

4. Love Your Body.
Your body is the vehicle through you carry on your life’s purpose. There are countless studies about the benefits of regular exercise and healthy heating. You can’t be happy if you aren’t healthy.

5. Expand Your Body of Knowledge.
Understand that knowledge and education expand way beyond the classroom and it’s a constant process of learning, applying, and experimenting. Read books, watch videos, read magazines, etc. Commit to learning everything there is about your particular field, become a master of your craft. Knowledge is everywhere and is there for the taking.

6. Meditate.
Emotions are part of our system of sensing and responding to the world. Without them, we would be machines. But, emotions can wreak havoc and spread pain throughout our lives. Meditation helps in noticing different emotions and letting them be what they are. Meditation has been found to help increase a sense of purpose and reduce the feelings of isolation and depression.

7. Develop a Circle of Friends With Qualities You Admire!
There’s a famous quote by Jim Rohn that says, “You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” When you surround yourself with people who are far ahead and more successful than you, you cannot help but feed off their success and grow as a person.

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: The Secrets to Success!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. knows that the biggest question that people have is how to find success. So, we reviewed this article from Forbes about the secrets to finding it! Most of the gals that people set in life are centered around finding success in their personal lives as well as their business lives. These two things tend to depend upon each other.   Personal success supports and reinforces professional success. Professional success reinforces personal success. Together, they reinforce life’s most important pursuit – happiness. So how do we find it?

 

1. The Law of Attraction

The secret to success is positive thoughts. Your thoughts are a magnet that brings things your way and helps you to identify and externalize your inner strengths and capabilities. Put good things in your mind and they will happen!

 

2. The Element

Find out what you excel in. That’s where you have to position yourself. You need to find your own “element,” your passion. The right occupation that matches your inner strengths and capabilities will help you bring out the best in yourself.

 

3. Learn how to fail

You have to be willing to try, fail, try again, fail again, and still get back up. Understand that luck will play a part in your success, being in the right place at the right time can make a world of difference. “There is plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your head raised until it’s your turn,” says Scott Adams. “If you drill down to any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You cannot control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens.”

 

4. Law of Large Numbers

This states that you give yourself enough times to take advantage of success. Give yourself enough opportunity with equal chance for each possible outcome to occur. Your turn to succeed won’t work unless you can execute and stay away from harmful behavior that destroys your progress.

 

5. Get your priorities right

Use your resources wisely, stay focused, and develop the right relationships. Don’t be greedy and don’t be complacent. 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: How to Get Taken Seriously By Your Employees!

If you want to be successful as a manager, a business owner, or a leader, then the people who you lead need to take you seriously. This tends to be pretty challenging, especially if you’re recently promoted or not used to being in a leadership role. But, no matter how long you’ve been in these positions, sometimes earning the respect of those around you can be a challenging task. Since Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing an atmosphere that gives our employees the resources that they would need to be successful in Management roles moving forward, when we saw this article on www.under30ceo.com/ we decided to share it with our people!

 

How to get taken seriously by your employees:

 1. Separate BUSINESS from PERSONAL:

It’s important for your employees to see you as the boss and think of you in that role. Bringing too much of your personal life into that equation can be troublesome. Don’t talk to your employees about your dating adventures, or spend hours on personal calls at the office. Nobody will take you seriously if they see these personal parts of your life. It is important for your people to see you as a boss.

 

2. Set an example with time:

Do you want your employees to show up for work on time? Do you want them to put in a full and productive work day? The answer of course, is YES. But, if you take two hour lunches every day and cut out of the office at 3:00 on Friday, then don’t be surprised if your people start adopting the same habits. Set a good example and demonstrate the behavior you want to encourage.

 

3. Don’t pass the buck:

Leaders get a lot of credit when things go well. But, they have to take responsibility when things go badly too. Don’t think you can, “pass the buck” and shift the blame to your employees. What they do under your leadership is a direct reflection of your management ability. If workers need more training, better supervision, or even reassignment to other duties, it’s YOUR job to make that happen.

 

Treat them like employees, not servants:

Unless this is your personal assistant, remember that they are employees of your company and not your servants. They come to work to accomplish corporate objectives, not to pick up your dry cleaning, buy your theatre tickets, or run out and pick up coffee. It’s demeaning for them to do these things. It shows that you don’t value their real job because you would rather them take time out of your day to do these menial tasks. If you want your people to be productive, you have to make them feel valued. You can do this by organizing weekly meetings and letting your employees talk freely about their concerns. Treat them like humans, not numbers. Everyone has problems, so as a boss, it’s your job to fix them.

 

4. Keep confidential information to yourself:

As a manager, you have a lot of information that comes your way on a day to day basis. This includes company plans, personnel issues, budget numbers, and salary figures. When this information is shared with you from an employee on a confidential basis, you NEED to keep it that way. Sharing private information is a big no-no. If you don’t want your employees talking about this information with each other, you have to set the right example first and not talk about it with them. As a boss, your people need to trust you. This can only be achieved if your relationship is professional and respectful.

  

5. Help your team out:

When there is a fast approaching deadline or task to be accomplished, it’s normal that you ask your team to put in some overtime hours, right? Well, it really helps them stay focused and motivated if you’re willing to do some extra work too. If you’re out enjoying your weekend while they’re slaving away, it can foster resentment. See what you can do to chip in and help out. Put in some extra effort yourself and make it a team effort. They will respect you more simply for the fact that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Also, this ensures that in the future they’ll take you more seriously the next time you ask them to put in extra effort.

  If you want your employees to take you seriously and respect you in the work place, the most important thing that you have to do is act like a human being. Even though you are in charge, don’t abuse your position. No one likes the over bearing boss who is on a power trip. Having a solid work environment is all about communication, interaction, and cooperation. People enjoy working in team environments with open communication because it allows mutual ideas to foster great ideas and great ideas lead to great business!

 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are committed to giving our employees the tools and the resources to be successful within our company. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. provides a predictable career path that can lead to the opportunity in Management within our company. To learn more about the careers available at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: How to Impress Your Boss!

Ever feel like you are that person who flies under the radar? Never really gets the recognition or appreciation you deserve in the workplace? If so, you would be surprised to know how many people share those same feelings everyday. With that in mind, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc found this article from www.under30ceo.com that was all about how to impress your boss.

When we think about impressing our boss, manager, supervisor, etc. the common advice that has always been given is “dress for success”, “show up on time”, “be positive”, or “be REALLY good at what you do.” But, what if you feel like you are doing all of those things and still not getting the results that you are looking for? Well, there are some less common suggestions that every young professional should know about when they are trying to impress their superiors. 

1. Be a leader within the office

  • Now before you go ahead and say, “How can I lead if I’m not in charge?”, think about it. The most respected leaders are individuals who empower those around them. Do you have to be in charge to empower the people around you? NO WAY! For example, if someone in your office is struggling with something you have two choices. First, you could let them struggle to make yourself look good in comparison. Or, you can offer tips and help out that person so that you both succeed. That demonstrates how valuable you can be to the company because you care about the success of others, not just your own.
  • This concept is something that Northeast Consulting Group, Inc lives by and preaches daily. You make yourself irreplaceable if you are able to do a task well and inspire the people around you to do well too. This ensures that you make yourself a valuable member of a team. In turn, it allows you to have leadership by influence, rather than leadership by position, which is more valuable? Would you rather listen and follow someone who you respect and admire? Or, would you rather listen and follow someone because you have to? Choose the kind of leader that you want to be!

2. Be a problem solver

  • In the workplace, MONEY = TIME. Every time you ask your boss a question, understand that you are requesting some of their time. Most of the time superiors are happy to help someone navigate a new set of circumstances if it leads to increasing your capabilities and productivity. However, this is not justification to ask assistance every time a road block appears.

  • To be a problem solver, utilize your resources. For instance, if something is common knowledge, Google it! Confused about the directions for a project? Refer back to your original notes or training manual, the answer is probably right there in front of you. If you turn into the person that runs to your boss every time you need something, you WILL come off as needy and ultimately give the impression that you are more trouble than you are worth.

  • Also, do not just focus on identifying a problem, focus on the solution. By consistently demonstrating this, you show that you are self sufficient, a critical thinker, and someone who is ready for more responsibility. Increased responsibilities = promotions = $$!

3. Don’t treat the office like it’s school

  • In school if you do a good job you get an “A” at the top. At work, if you do a good job, you don’t get fired. While some bosses apply positive reinforcement, in reality, most office environments don’t do that on a daily basis. At work, you’re expected to do your best and if not, then it’s a reason for concern by the employer.

4. Handle pressure and mistakes with grace

  • No matter how talented you are, you will make mistakes. The real test is how you react to it. ALWAYS be honest and do not blame others or try to justify the situation. If you know you made a mistake, come prepared with a plan of action on how to fix the situation and what you will do next time to ensure that the same mistake will not be repeated twice.

  • You do not want to act nonchalant about making a mistake, you must make sure that you do not let it affect your professionalism or productivity. Most importantly DO NOT DWELL! Try to let it roll off your back. The ability to stay calm, not crack under pressure, and keep a cool head is a fundamental trait of someone who can handle responsibility.
  • Some people are better at this than others, but focus on what you can control to reduce stress. Things like going to the gym or for a walk over lunch, breathing exercises, or meditation can have a direct impact on lowering stress making it easier for you to be able to handle tough situations that may come your way.

5. Be responsible for your own growth

  • There is this thing called the internet now in days. It has countless educational articles, industry lecturers, and networking forums. Do not let your professional growth only occur between the hours of your job.

  • So, instead of waiting for someone to tell you to take some training sessions, give you new projects, or tell you to reach out. Do it on your own. Take your career development into your own hands by learning or strengthening a new skill and offering those services to your superiors. The major difference between a follower and a leader is that the first group waits for opportunities while the second classification CREATES them.

 

In conclusion, this entire article is based upon being a “do-er” in your career. Take the necessary actions to step up and set yourself apart outside of the common things. By following those 5 tips and still doing the common tips to impressing your boss, you basically ensure that you will be noticed. The people who stand out at work, for the RIGHT reasons of course, are always the people in the running for that big promotion, or raise, or holiday bonus. Instead of wishing that you were going to be one of those people, change your mindset on your career and take action!

For more information about Northeast Consulting Group, Inc and career opportunities within our company, please visit our website: http://www.ncginc.biz