Jun 27, 2016

Kickstart Monday: Time for a Mid-Year Goal Review - Check Your Panic at the Door

 

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Winter is coming...

It's official. We've reached the end of June, the summer solstice is behind us and the days are getting shorter. I don't mean to alarm you, but "winter is coming" and it is time to get serious.

Anyone who reads the Queen City Buzz blog knows that I've spent the last three weeks practically begging people to do a mid-year goal review. So check your panic at the door and let's get down to business.

  • Are you where you want to be?
  • Are you where you need to be?
  • Do you have the same goals today that you had in January?

When we make a plan six months, twelve months or five years in advance a lot of the details are based on estimates and best guesses. It may seem reasonable given the information available at the time, but in the real world when you're out there trying to reach your benchmarks things can look a lot different. 

How do you get back on track? You start with a status check.

Have you been meeting your benchmarks?

If you answer yes to this then you're golden.

You might want to adjust a few small things based on what's worked and what hasn't the past few months, but otherwise good job and carry on.

If your answer is no, then ask yourself what's been holding you back?

Be brutally honest.

Is it circumstances out of your control or are you behind because you've lost sight of the big picture? It happens. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day details of life and forget about why we're doing things.

Which brings me to the next question, do you still want to achieve that goal you made back in January?

If it's June and you're struggling to stay dedicated to that goal you made at the beginning of the year , it's time to reassess.

  • Is that old goal reasonable given the current situation?
  • Would it make more sense to shift your focus?

Take a look at what you've done so far.

  • Have your actions moved your original goal forward?
  • Is it sustainable?

Can you reasonably expect to reach your goal if you maintain this pace? And look it from both perspectives. Will you reach your goal on time if you're lagging behind? And Is the current pace you're working too demanding? Will you burn out before you're done? Will even a minor setback be irrecoverable?

And finally, is there a way to use the work you've already completed to achieve a different goal?

As we close out the month I'm going to ask you to please take a half-hour and review this year's goals. Maybe you're doing great and are on track to have the best year ever, but if you're not where you need to be, spend a few minutes figuring out what's working, what went sideways and how to fix it. You might need to adjust your goal, you might need to change your plan or you might just need to tweak your timeline, but it's not too late to get things done this year.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 6/27/16 - 7/1/16

603 Networking - Manchester (Open Networking): 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Sam Adams Bar & Grill at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 1 Line Drive, Manchester. This is an open networking event, but you will need to purchase an admittance ticket to the game to get access to the bar where we'll meet. By calling ahead, you can get a group rate for the ticket of $9; if you decide to grab your ticket at the gate that night, the price will be $14. ALSO, REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE GAME TO GET ADMITTANCE TO THE BAR. Contact Stephanie Fournier, Director of Hospitality and Special Events at 603.606.4105 — and tell her you are with the 603 Networking Group for Monday night, June 27. RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-627-53...

Marketing Jam NH: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Jam Night Part Deux Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester.

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Jun 20, 2016

Kickstart Monday: You Are What You Think You Are

Who do you think you are?

There is one voice that is always with us, the one that has seen all of our actions and knows the truth of our desires even when we aren't ready to admit them to ourselves.

Are you smart? Are you pretty? Do you suck?

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We all have an internal monologue, what do you tell yourself?

On an average day we're all bombarded with criticisms, other people's expectations and conflicting messages, but the most important voice is our own. Sometimes it gets lost in the babble, but it's the only one that is always there.

Why not build ourselves up instead of tearing ourselves down?

Why believe you're bad, unworthy or flawed when you can believe that you're kind, caring and successful?

With belief comes possibility,

Believe the best about yourself and you will achieve it.

Have a great week!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz​

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Jun 15, 2016

Episode 11: How to Work With Your Husband at the Office

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Have You Ever Worked With Your Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend or Partner?

Do you like your partner enough to work with them? Have you ever thought about it?

This is a challenging topic for a lot of people. There seems to be this idea that if you love someone you should be able to work with them and that's not always realistic.

This month I've invited special guest Mike Hammond, co-creator of the Yankee Ninja digital comic and my husband to join me in a conversation about "How to Work With Your Husband at the Office."

I waffled a bit about having my husband on as a guest, but we've worked together in office settings as well as on our own projects so he seemed like the right person to talk to about how to successfully blend the lines between home and work.

Key Points

  • start with a strong relationship
  • you absolutely have to have compatible personalities and work styles
  • set boundaries → there has to be a clear division of duties

Things to Think About

  • skills → need to have some overlap of skills, but each person also has to be stronger in one area of another
  • personality → probably need to have enough similarities that you're not clashing all the time.
  • work style → this one is really important → if one person has a do it now mentality and the other person is a wait until the deadline then there will be some issues.

The bottom line is that working with your spouse is not for everyone.

Mike suggests, "You might want to give it a trial first to see if you're compatible in the workplace." And he is right.

We had the benefit of working on term papers and school projects before we started working together in the real world. I'm not sure we would have been as successful if we jumped right in at the same company without that past experience. It wasn't the same as working in an office, but we knew we would be able to work well together.

Yankee Ninja

The Yankee Ninja is the project that always get pushed back in the closet when other things pop up.

It started out as a fun side project we could do in our spare time then it snowballed into a major production involving comics, t-shirts, short stories and novels. We even considered doing a video game.

We both want to get the Ninja back in production, but neither of us has the time to work on it on a regular basis so it is in a state of hibernation.

Quick Reminder

I will be at Aroma Joe's 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester on Thursday, June 16th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM if anyone wants to stop by, compare notes and talk about how to keep this year's goals on track. We still have six months to get things up to speed. Even if you got sidetracked somewhere along the way, there is usually a way to use the progress you have made to salvage this year's business plan. NOTE: You don't have to own a business. Personal goals are important too, in fact, my business and personal goals tend to intertwine.

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Jun 13, 2016

Want to Succeed? Love What You Do!

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Forget about "Do What You Love" and embrace "Love What You Do"

We live in a society that collectively values money over happiness because they think money will bring them happiness. Don't waste your time trying to point out the irony in that belief because these people are true believers and you will not sway them.

I follow a different belief. I define success as having enough money to pay for the things I need and the time to do the things I want to do. It's called a work-life balance and the only way to achieve that is to LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

Some people say we should find our passion and do what we love. It sounds good, who wouldn't want to spend their days following their bliss? The thing is most of us have no idea what that is. Do you know what would you do if you could earn a living doing anything? I certainly don't.

What we can do is find a happy medium. We all have days that are frustrating, but there have to be more good days than bad. When you love what you do it makes it easier to overcome the challenges. When we spend that much time pursuing a single activity it cannot just be about the paycheck. There are going to be days when you hate the menial tasks, you can't stand the sound of your coworker slurping his coffee and you wonder if the stick could go any further up your manager's butt and that's okay.

But it becomes a problem is when that describes your job every day.

People are hardwired to be productive. We enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from doing things and a large part of our ability to be productive and accomplish things relies on enjoying what we're doing. I don't know about you, but I find it a whole lot easier to overlook an annoying co-worker when I like what I'm doing.

It's all about the return on your investment.

We all do things every day that we don't particularly enjoy because we know that the reward is greater than the effort. Maybe you hate bookkeeping, but you know you won't get paid if you don't send the bill or maybe you really, really dislike doing laundry, but you like clean clothes even more.

It's much easier to overcome the small hurdles when we know there is a reward on the back end. It's what successful people do. They set themselves up so the value of what they're getting is greater than the cost.

It goes back to how you define success.

What's important to you? Is it money? Prestige? Being able to make your own hours or spending time with family? What do you enjoy doing? Are you a troubleshooter? A techie? Maybe you enjoy working with people. And what are your skills, what are good at?

Make a simple Venn diagram and put the answer to each of these questions in a separate circle

  • what's important to you?
  • what do you enjoy doing?
  • what are you good at?

Your perfect job is where those three circles intersect.

Once let go of other people's ideal and embrace your own, you may just find that the job you love is 180 degrees different than what you're doing right now. 

The next time you have one of those soul-crushing moments take a step back and consider what you love about your job and what drives you nuts. 

You may find that it's something you can fix, but if you truly hate everything about what you do then it's time to find a way to use your skills in a new way and move on.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 6/13/16 - 6/17-16

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Jun 6, 2016

Kickstart Monday: 5 Things You Should Never Be Afraid Of

Five Fears that Kill a Small Business Owner's Dreams

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When you start a business there are a lot of unknowns. Will you succeed? Are you smart enough? Do you have the right skills?

They're all valid questions, but they're not the fears that create that gnawing sense of dread. They are not the questions that keep you awake at night and they are not the fears that kill your ambition and actively hold you back from achieving greatness.

This week I am talking about the five fears that stop you from doing what you need to succeed.

1. Fear of saying no

2. Fear of failure

3. Fear of asking for the sale

4. Fear of taking on side jobs

5. Fear of being yourself

The truly frightening thing about these five fears is that they can happen to anyone.

The good news is that you can overcome them and it's a lot easier than you think.

Join me for this week's podcast as I share my insider secret to overcoming small business owners' top five fears so that you can confidently reach for your dreams.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

6 Things You Should Never Be Ashamed of from e-buddhism.com: http://www.e-buddhism.com/2016/04/6-things-you-should-never-be-ashamed-of.html

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 7th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month we are talking about "How to Make the Right Connections with a Limited Network" a pro and con discussion about the benefits of small networks.

Cami Baker will be speaking at the National Association of Professional Women event on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at The Common Man Restaurant 304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. For more information/RSVP this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mingle-to-millions-ne...

Get Hired - Resumes, Interviews, and More!: Thursday, June 9th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at New Hampshire Metaphysical 3 Sanborn Rd (Rt. 28) (On top of COZY KIDS), Londonderry This week they're talking about *FREE* Interview Myths & Reality. http://www.meetup.com/Get-Hired-Resumes-Interviews...

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