Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: Winners vs. Losers

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: Winners vs. Losers

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. asked our people some questions today about winners and losers.

 

How would you classify a winner?

–          Go getter

–          Determined

–          Competitive

–          Self motivated

–          A master of their craft

 

How would you classify a loser?

–          Quitter

–          Lazy

–          Excuse maker

–          Drama Queen/King

–          Person who has a “dark cloud” following them

 

Would you think of these people as winners or losers?
1.       Babe Ruth? (Office answer: No)
2.       Jim Carey? (Office answer: No)
3.       Michael Jordan? (Office answer: No)
4.       Jack Nicholas? (Office answer: No)
5.       Billy Joel? (Office answer: No)
 

When we asked them why they thought these people were all winners, the unanimous response was because they are all well known, successful, and they match the reasons why they mentioned earlier as to what defines a winner.

 

But, what is less known about these people are all the failures that they had to endure to get to the place where they are recognized now for their greatness.

 

Babe Ruth

–  Holds the record for the most strike-outs in the National Baseball League

 

            Jim Cary
– Went on 3000 failed auditions before he got his first gig on “In Living Color.”
 

         Michael Jordan

       – Was cut from his high school basketball team and has been missed more than 2000 shots in his career
 

          Jack Nicholas

           –   Has the most 2nd place wins in Golf
     

           Billy Joel
  –  Was homeless for over 2 years before he finally got his big break in music

 

So, why doesn’t anyone classify these people as losers?

–          Well, all of them have one thing in common. Determination. No matter how many times they failed at something they kept going. Their dreams were more important than the obstacles that got in their way.

–          No one remembers any of the bad things that happen, all they remember are the good and all that they have accomplished

 
Facts about winners and losers:
1.       A loser is always part of the problem, A winner is always part of the solution
2.       A loser always has an excuse, a winner always takes responsibility
3.       A loser says, “that’s not my job!” while a winner says, “let me do that for you”
4.       A loser sees the sand trap on the green, a winner see’s the green around the sand trap
5.       A loser says it’s impossible, a winner says, it might e difficult, but it’s not impossible

 

The only difference between a “winner” and a “loser” is mindset. The only time someone loses is when they give up on reaching their goals. So today and from now on, decide who you want to be. A winner or a loser.

 

 

 

 Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting for Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are dedicated to providing a predictable career path for our people that leads to an opportunity in management. To learn more about the career opportunities within our company please visit our website at http://www.ncg-corp.com/ or email our Human Resource Manager Alessandra at hr@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

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc’s Employee Spotlight Khayree Johnson!

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Each week the representatives at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc vote among themselves about who they feel like is being a prime example of what it takes to get promoted into management inside and outside of the office. This week, Khayree Johnson received the Employee Spotlight award for the second time! So, we decided to see what really makes Khayree tick and continue to be such a positive example in the work environment!

 Khayree has been in the company for about six months now. During that time he proved how much of an asset he can truly be to Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. He has been an instrumental part of the training and development of numerous employees and still manages to continue to further his own personal development to stay on pace to achieve his personal career goals.

 Khayree’s success is centered around his goal oriented attitude. His biggest motivation to be successful is to be able to show his friends and family that all of the hard work he has done in his life will soon pay off. More importantly, he wants to set the right example for his daughter and show her that having the right attitude and work ethic is the key to success in your career. Khayree’s internal drive is centered around his family and working hard now so have the means to spend time with them.

 Khayree’s short term goal for his next three months at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc includes him achieving his second promotion in the company to Assistant Management! His long term goal that he plans to complete in the next five years is to be a top consultant in our organization. The first thing Khayree will do when he achieves that goal is to take a vacation out of the country with his family and then buy his dream car!

 All of us at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc are so proud of Khayree Johnson and what he has accomplished in the short time that he’s been with us. Learning more about him only reinforces what we already knew, that Khayree will be an instrumental part of the success within our company and will do big things with his life and his career!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc’s Newest Corporate Trainer Josh Elman!

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Northeast Consulting Group, Inc would like to congratulate Josh Elman on earning his first promotion to Corporate Trainer! Josh became part of our organization less than a month ago and has already shown us that he has an incredible student mentality, strong work ethic, and an internal drive for success! So, we decided to get to know Josh a little bit better so we could see what really makes him tick!

Josh grew up and went to school in Madison, Connecticut. During his college years, Josh did some schooling at UMass Lowell in Massachusetts  as well as Johnson and Whales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Growing up Josh liked to be active and enjoyed playing football and lacrosse. Josh still enjoys sports and enjoys watching the Denver Broncos and when the Winter Olympics come around his favorite sport to watch is Olympic Curling!

Throughout Josh’s life, his biggest influence has been his Uncle. He saw him start from the bottom of the workforce and now is the owner of his own company. Having seen this example growing up is probably part of the reason that Northeast Consulting Group, Inc sees Josh as such a hard worker and valuable asset to our organization.

 The career goals that Josh has for his time at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Josh plans to become consistent in the basics of the company within the next three months. By the end of his first year within our company, Josh plans to attain his third promotion and be in a full Management role. In the long term, he plans to be his own boss and live a lavish lifestyle so he can spoil his friends and family!

All of us here at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc are so proud of Josh and what he has already accomplished within the short time he has spent in our company. We expect nothing less than for him to achieve all of his personal and professional goals and really make a name for himself within our organization!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc’s Newest Corporate Trainer Bill Hubler!

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Northeast Consulting Group, Inc invites you to learn about our Newest Corporate Trainer, Bill Hubler! Bill had been an employee of the company for less than one month before he earned his first promotion. Bill came in with an entrepreneurial mindset that helped him quickly achieve his first set of goals to start moving forward with his career at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. So, we decided to get to know him a little bit better and see what really makes him tick.

 

Bill grew up locally, right here in Trumbull, Connecticut. He attended Trumbull High School with his friends and enjoyed every minute of it. He is currently still enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University and will be earning his degree this May! Congratulations Bill!

 

Growing up, Bill was loved to stay busy and was always involved in sports. He played football, lacrosse, and ran track. His favorite sport to watch is Football and he is a big time New York Giants fan! To this day, he still loves to play sports and stay busy. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding in the winter, camping in the summer, and basically just doing anything he can outside!

 

Throughout his life, Bill has been influenced by his Dad. He watched his career path and saw him work hard and believes that it shaped him into the person he is today and gave him his optimistic attitude and tremendous work ethic. Bill said, “Since I was young, I watched my Dad work hard and still manage to have a lot of fun. That’s how I hope to be some day.” From what we have seen from Bill so far, it seems he is on track to have that lifestyle.

 

Career wise, Bill has some big goals set for himself during his time at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. In the next three months his goal is to become consistent in the basic skills that he’s learned so far so he can start running development stations and transferring his knowledge to others within the company. In the next nine to twelve months Bill plans to bring himself closer to his next promotion of Assistant Management and even be part of one of our expansion teams! Within the next five years, Bill plans to be a successful Manager within the organization and have a big house, big yard, a brand new car, and his big dog right along with him!

 

All of us here at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc are so proud to have Bill Hubler be a member of our organization and cannot wait to see what else he has in store for us!

Is Anything REALLY Impossible?

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews Roger Bannister

It’s Only Impossible Until Someone Makes It Possible

It’s a common notion that when someone says something is impossible, it is usually because someone has not done it yet. If everyone went along with this ideal, we would not have many of the common luxury items that we have now such as: internet, television, computers, cell phones, phones, and airplanes. As people, it is normal for us to doubt what we have not seen proven to be true. But, why is anything impossible? If we have goals, dreams, or visions, why do we not do everything we can to make those things our reality? Whether or not we like to admit it, the biggest reason is because doing something that has never been done takes an incalculable amount of hard work and dedication. One of Northeast Consulting Group, Inc’s favorite stories comes from runner, Roger Bannister. He did something that people said could not be done and he changed the way people viewed competitive running just from his achievements. In case you did not know Roger Bannister is most well known for being the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes.
Before he reached this achievement, everyone said that running a mile in less than four minutes was impossible and it couldn’t be done. The year after Bannister was able to run the three minute mile, 27 other people achieved this task. So, what changed? The mile did not get any shorter and time did not tick any slower. The difference was in the mentality of the people attempting to reach this milestone. After Bannister ran the mile in under four minutes, everyone knew that it was possible. They did not let their mind limit their belief as to what was possible. The mindset shifted from, “I don’t know if I can do this, it hasn’t been done,” to “If he can do it, I can do it.”
The moral of this story is to remember that our mindset about a task, our goals, and what we are capable of as individuals can limit our success. The mind is a powerful thing and if you truly believe you can do something, then you can.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting for Fairfield County, Connecticut. To learn more about Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. visit our website: www.ncginc.biz

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews “The Position Myth”

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting for Fairfield County, Connecticut. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is passionate about providing development to our employees outside of just the business world. Our company focuses on the development of the mind and helping our employees reach their full potential. Today, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is reviewing, “The Position Myth.” This meeting was created from John Maxwell’s book, 360 Degree Leader.
 

The Position Myth

The position myth is common in the workplace and in any team environment. People tend to be confined and only allow themselves to achieve things that are part of their “position” or “formal role” within a company or team environment. The position myth states, “I can’t lead if I’m not at the top.”
 
The Truth About Leadership:
  • The truth is that 99% of leadership comes from the middle, not the top.
  • “The true measure of leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” – John C. Maxwell
 
Misconception #1:
 
Leadership comes from having a position or title:
  • People who agree with this, buy into the myth.
  • These people feel like “potential leaders.”
  • They’re uncomfortable stepping up in the workplace or in a team environment because they don’t have a formal position that states them as a leader. (i.e. Team Captain, Team Leader, Manager, CEO)
 
Misconception #2:
 
Relationships don’t create leadership:
  • People who agree with this don’t focus on building relationships with the other people in the work place or in a team environment.
  • In the Long Term, people who buy into this misconception feel increased unhappiness and start looking for a new leader, team, or organization.
 
The truth is that Leadership is derived from influence. The easiest and most effective way to  create influence is to build the right kind of relationships with the other people around you in the workplace or in a team environment.
 
The type of Leadership that someone can have is broken down into 5 Levels. Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Person-hood.
 

The 5 Levels of Leadership:

 

1. Position
  • Rights.
  • People follow you because they have to, your influence won’t extend from there. (i.e. Manager, Team Captain, CEO, etc.)
  • You can only do the position you’re given and your influence will only extend to the boundaries of your job description.
So how do you get yourself out of the Position level?
  • Start doing things to increase your influence outside of your stated position.
  • Ask yourself these questions: Do I have to be at the top of the chart to create relationships with others/ Do I have to have the top title to help others and myself be more productive?
  • Start changing your mindset. Understand that influence is disposition, not position. You get out what you put in.
  • “Leadership is a choice, not a place you sit, you can make a difference no matter where you are.”
2. Permission
  • Relationships.
  • People follow you because they want to. 
  • Your influence now extends beyond your stated authority.
  • You’ve now started to build relationships with the people you desire to lead, you genuinely care about people, they trust you, and have now given you their permission to lead them.
  • People who are highly motivated tend to become restless in this phase because they desire more, they want to advance and continue to extend their influence.
3. Production
  • Results.
  • People follow you because of what you have done.
  • This is where long term success is sensed by most people.
  • The people around you like you and what you’re doing, you’re able to help people fix problems with minimal effort because of the positive momentum you’ve created.
  • If the people you lead succeed in getting the job done because of your contribution to the team, they will look to you more to lead the way. 
  • This is a win-win situation.
4. People Development
  • Reproduction.
  • People follow you because of what you have done for them. 
  • You have to understand how to move through the other four phases to get here.
  • This shows that someone has a commitment to developing others, they understand that developing other people and teaching them ensures ongoing growth for the organization, team, and the people within it.
  • The goal is to get here, and stay here.
  • People reach this mark by genuinely caring about the people they lead. They mentor them, help them develop their skills, and sharpen their leadership ability.
5. Personhood
  • Respect.
  • People follow you because of who you are and what you represent.
  • It usually takes years of growing and developing people and an organization to reach this point.
  • It’s difficult to get to this phase, but those who make it have a profound impact on the people around them.
  • This is not a level that someone can strive to achieve because it is outside of your direct control. Only other people can put someone here because it is derived from a feeling.
  • People who make it here have succeeded in leading and succeeding through the first four levels for a long period of time and they’ve earned the reputation of a level-five leader. 
 
All in all, this myth hits home with what Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. strives to do within this company. We are looking to empower people to step out of their stated job roles and start creating influence and leadership on their own. This is what breeds a successful leader. This is what breeds a successful manager. This is what breeds a business partner. That is what we want for the representatives within our company.
 
 
 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Employee Spotlight! Gerald Blackwell!

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Each week, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. gives the employees an opportunity to vote among themselves on who they feel like has been stepping up and setting the pace within the office. This week, the employees at Northeast Consulting Group nominated Gerald Blackwell for the Employee Spotlight! So, we decided to get to know him a little better!

Gerald was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During high school he moved to Derby, but upon graduation went back to his home town. After Gerald finished high school, he attended the Institute of Audio Research and studied Business and Audio Engineering. Currently, Gerald resides in Seymour, Connecticut.

Growing up, Gerald played wide receiver in football and point guard or shooting guard in basketball. He loves sports! His favorites to watch are football, basketball, and boxing. Gerald’s favorite football team is the Oakland Raiders and his favorite boxer is Roy Jones, Jr.

For fun, Gerald likes to keep it pretty simple. He likes spending time with his friends, playing his Playstation, and playing sports. Something that most people don’t know about Gerald is that he likes to spend time in the recording studio making music and rapping! Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better Gerald! We can’t wait to see what else you’ll accomplish in 2014!

 

 

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