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Hunt down harmful beliefs that keep you from accomplishing 20 times more

Hunt Down Harmful Beliefs That Keep you From Accomplishing 20 Times More

Everyone is hobbled by false perceptions of opportunities and threats that lead to wasteful and inappropriate efforts. Millions establish internet based businesses while few make significant income . . . believing they can easily make a fortune with little effort. Why? They read and hear a lot about the exceptions who do well in this challenging medium. Yet tens of millions shun profitable franchise operations that would earn them vastly larger incomes than they enjoy now. Why? They read and hear a lot about a few unethical franchise operators who offer poor opportunities.

Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper and see on television? You’re in trouble if you do.

Organizations do even worse. Why? Individual false perceptions are multiplied because it usually takes agreement to move forward. Fewer and less appropriate opportunities are pursued as a result.

What can you do? Assume that all of your beliefs are based on misperceptions until you’ve checked them out.

Apply Sophisticated Thinking

In his wonderful book, The Unschooled Mind (Basic Books, 1991), cognitive psychologist Professor Howard Gardner argues that people usually think at three different levels. Gardner defines the five-year-old’s mind as the first level.

Five-year-olds usually live in a world where others take care of them and keep them safe from harm. That belief persists when most people become adults and prevents many from becoming independent, fully functioning adults. Overprotection after age five makes matters worse. Another common example of the five-year-old mind is that confident people falsely believe that they are superior in every way to others. Ask any roomful of five-year-olds if they are awesome at something and almost all will agree.

The second level of thinking develops when training, usually in high school and college, gives teens and young adults a grasp of sophisticated concepts that are counterintuitive to the five-year-old’s thought process. Here’s the problem: The student memorizes the concepts long enough to pass the examination.

But Gardner argues that relatively few adults reach the third level of thinking where they can apply the sophisticated concepts to real-life problems. In the absence of that faculty, almost everyone reverts to the five-year-old’s misconceptions for making decisions.

The person who can apply the principles learned in school to a real-life situation becomes a disciplinary expert. But effectively working minds are too few and far between in most organizations. Think of what could be accomplished if you consciously shed your five-year-old’s misconceptions, applied sophisticated adult reasoning to expert knowledge, and questioned common assumptions of the prevailing five-year-old mind.

Round Out Your View

When only an experiment will do, cross-check your idea in other ways to get a better sense of what you are about to try. Consider Columbus. While some feared sailing west across the Atlantic believing they would fall off the edge of the Earth, Columbus knew better. Columbus had studied the early Viking explorations of North America. In fact, 15 years before heading toward the Caribbean, Columbus visited Iceland to learn more about the northern “islands” across the Atlantic.

I’ll Get Right on It

Even if people attempt to apply sophisticated thinking, they will still jump to conclusions too often. If service was slow the last two times you went to a given store, you may decide this store will always offer poor service and don’t go back. Statistically, two experiences do not constitute a trend. It’s possible that the manager was on vacation during both occasions and the rest of the employees took it easy.

The executives of one award-winning multibillion-dollar manufacturer were clearly intelligent, well educated, and widely admired for their decisions. Ever curious, these managers wanted to measure the quality of their decisions. They knew good decision making has to reflect solid statistically based data, and they wondered what statisticians would say about their decisions. Statisticians were assigned to follow the executives around for six months to watch them in action. Almost without exception the executives treated random events as representing what was typically occurring in the business. Executives were pointlessly trying to eliminate these few random variations in performance. All this scurrying around kept the executives from having time to work on more promising opportunities for gain. Despite learning this profound insight, the organization faltered by continuing to mistake the actual trends. The lesson: Be sure you are focusing on the areas where action will do the most good.

This example also shows how wide the gap can be between management’s sense of its quality and actual effectiveness, another example of misperceptions. You have probably noticed the frequency by which “widely admired” companies rapidly fall from grace as performance plummets. Misperceptions have pulled them away from good opportunities.

Copyright 2007 Donald W. Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Importance of business card design and printing

Importance of Business Card Design and Printing

Usually a business card belongs to specific person serving a specific organization. The business cards symbolize both the individual as well as organization. Therefore, it has vital importance because of this dual representation. For others your business card is the messenger of your business that transmits several unique messages about your company, its business and quality of service. Therefore, you cannot overlook its importance for your business.

Just assume a situation, where you are waiting for a meeting with a corporate client. Normally your business card reaches to the corporate representative before you. In such cases, the business card is the first impression of your business. The client will make an imaginary picture about you and your organization by juts looking at your business cards. That means more attractive and informative business cards can guarantee a better first image in front of your clients and end recipients.

Now you are aware with the importance of your business cards, so whenever you plan ordering a set of business cards for your company, always keep its final look and feel in mind. The very basics of a successful business card design is its attraction and information print on it. Mandatory information like company logo, contact info and popular products or services should be present on every business card.

Consult a professional graphic designer for designing your company logo or departmental logo (in some cases). Tell them your business domain, and your vision for business. They will provide you an attractive and professional looking logo, specially designed for your business cards. May be he can provide you the complete design of business card according to the layout and information to be printed.

After completion of business card designing process, you need to find an expert business card printing service provider with several years of excellence in providing quality business card printing service. Nowadays different type of printing technology is available with unique features. The most popular is full color offset printing. It’s the easiest and cheapest way of printing business cards. Another popular method of printing business card is thermography. It is used in raised-letter printing of business cards.

However, one thing that is important to consider is the business card design and business vertical. Too flashy and multi colored business cards will not suit Doctors and Advocates. Similarly, single color or plain business cards can’t do justice with an Architect or Interior Designer. That means there should be a fair integration between the business and business cards for a better support.

Interviewing during the economic downturn – how to look confident in a job interview

Interviewing During the Economic Downturn – How to Look Confident in a Job Interview

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When you feel good about yourself, you radiate confidence. The same is unfortunately true when you’re feeling desperate or negative, you then radiate discomfort and nervousness. The latter is not the nonverbal message you want to convey to potential employers today, or ever. Instead, the positive message to send is:

- I’m capable/competent
- I’m organized
- I’m the right person for the job
- I’m powerful

The message you communicate during your interview can be the difference between that great job and unemployment. Because of the current economy creating an excess of skilled job-seekers, your competition is as eager and able as you are. Your image, your non-verbal message, should reinforce your resume and make you stand out in an attractive way to prospective employers.

1. First impressions happen quickly. In only one twelfth of a second, the human brain receives a visual picture. Within three seconds, someone can form an opinion about you based on your appearance; your dress, body language, mannerisms and demeanor. Fifty-five percent of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look, so make it count! In those first moments you make a statement that you can spend the rest of your interview building on. Make it work for you! Here are five tips to consider as you venture out to secure the next step in your career:

- Evaluate the work environment. Is it business casual, artsy, conservative? Dress appropriately for the culture, while maintaining professionalism.
- Have your suit dry cleaned if needed. Make sure you look wrinkle free, coordinated and polished.
- Keep your make-up, jewelry and fragrance light so you don’t offend the eyes and nose.
- Have your shoes polished and in good condition. (The eyes are the window to the soul, but the shoes are the gauge to the work character.)
- Make sure your hair is neat and appropriate for the atmosphere.

2. Nonverbal cues are as important as your interview clothes. You have this opportunity to project confidence, poise, and competence. So, how do you make this strong, positive statement about yourself?
- Posture speaks volumes. An erect, open posture exudes confidence. Keep your body’s center facing your listener, and avoid crossing arms or clasping hands for a “receptive” demeanor.
- Eye contact is important. In American society, 40-60% direct eye contact is considered the appropriate standard. Less may suggest a shifty character; more, and the receiver feels imposed upon. Use yours to send a message of sincere and genuine interest.
- Awareness. Be aware of nervousness, tics and bad habits. Stay in the moment and project what you want your interviewer to see: the best possible you!

3. PMA: A big part of projecting a powerful presence is having a positive mental attitude. Most interviewers are intuitive enough to pick up on your feelings during an interview.. If you are uncomfortable and awkward during the meeting, your interviewer may be as well. (If they are uncomfortable, they’re less likely to make a positive decision about you.) If you are in a positive state of mind, confident, strong and calm, your interviewer will pick up on it. Your interview will progress more smoothly, and this will be attributed to you and your abilities, setting you apart from your competition.

Once you make an impression, it’s difficult to change it. So it is important to make sure that what you’re projecting is the impression you want the interviewer to have of you. That first positive message is the one you will build on all throughout the interview. Make it work for you. Be mindful and in the moment. With proper preparation, you can tell your story – the story of you as a confident, poised professional who should get the job!