Monthly Archives: October 2009

Oct 2009: The WOW Factor

The WOW Factor: The 33 Things You Must (And Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World, by Frances Cole Jones, 2009.

Just off the presses! The Wow Factor‘s bright blue book jacket grabbed my eye as I was browsing the book stacks at Barnes & Noble at the Baltimore Inner Harbor this weekend.

I read it non-stop on the flight back to Reno and came away with an abundance of answers of how to thrive in this turbulent economy. Jones doesn’t sugar-coat her tips; she advocates for immediate action – there is no time to waste to protect your career and your business in these unprecedented times.

Jones hits it hard and her information and tips reinforce last month’s book, Bullet-Proof Your Job, beautifully. Both authors give us dozens of practical and incredibly powerful tips of what to do (and not to do) in this rapidly changing dynamic work environment. I love Jones’ own personal motto, “Don’t ask for permission”.

She explains (and inspires us) in her last chapter. Don’t wait for someone to tell you you’re qualified … just do it.

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October Tip: Small Steps to Maximize Your Job Security

As I promised last month, I’m sharing with you seven strategies and action steps that you could take today (yes, now!) to protect your job whether you work for someone else, are growing your current business, or want to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit by starting your own business.

Last month, I spoke about the first three:

  • Be Visible Every Day
  • Be Available to Others, and
  • Be Easy to Work With

Building on that foundation, here are the next four behaviors that are critical to your job security during these turbulent times. I know these are broad areas, but they will get you thinking. Take one at a time and consider the possibilities – What am I already doing well? What could I be doing better? What is one small step I could take today toward that goal? And then prioritize that small action step by putting it into practice today, again tomorrow and again next week. Soon it’s a habit. It’s just part of how you do business and who you are.

The outcome is a delicious sense of Confidence, Calm and Control (Kit’s 3 C’s) and knowing that you are positioning yourself each and every day to be that “indispensible employee/consultant”. Here are my next four favorite tips for you.

  • Be Reliable
  • Be Skilled
  • Be Flexible
  • Be Professional
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