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Your Mission Statement

Do you have your own personal mission statement?defining-it-project-success[1]

I do! If you don’t , you need one. Why? For the same reason a business has one. A personal mission statement is your reminder of your ethics (standards or code), morals (personal character) and the reason behind your purpose. Creating your personal mission statement will give you clarity for your goals and define your mission.

As a business owner or leader, a personal mission statement will hold you accountable and keep you focused. It will give you insights to the challenges you face and open your mind to new possibilities. How? If you are honest with yourself, you can start to see yourself change and move your life in the direction of your focus and your goals. You will see your accomplishments differently, note your success and see a pattern start to form. Your confidence will boost and your demeanor will change.

If you don’t believe me, try it and see what happens.

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An End and A Beginning

So here we are New Year’s Eve 2014.  It is a time to reflect on the past and focus on the future. A time to think about your expectations for 2015 and beyond.

2014 was a good year for YPI Consultants, LLC. Our business has grown, along with our team and the services we offer. We had our ups and downs, as expected, but we held true to our goals and The YPI E.D.G.E. Program launched along with the YPI Institute. We are grateful to all those who were a part of each process and we look forward to the strong relationships to grow.  I want to thank all who contributed to The YPI E.D.G.E. Program, YPI Institute and the P[E[A[K Radio Over The E.D.G.E. blog talk radio show. Your support and time offered to build the YPI Consultants brand is appreciated.  I look forward to an incredible 2015 for YPI Consultants, LLC and I look forward to learning about your success as you reach the goals you have set for yourself and your team in 2015.

Have a Blessed Year.

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Hiring Right – The reality of seeking quality talent to hire

There’s an old HR adage that says, “You hire them for what they know and you fire them for who they are”. In today’s every changing job market it can be challenging to seek, hire and cultivate the right candidate for any position in your organization and the expense can be overwhelming to your budget. You will have to hand off the extra work to another employee leading to possible overtime, stress and not to mention decreased morale and production. Oh the Joys of Seeking Quality Talent to fill any position in your organization! Markku Kauppinen, president of Extended DISC North America, Inc.  writes; “The hiring process may begin with a recruitment ad that describes the job from a “skills needed” basis, which is only a small part of what is required for success in the job—and certainly not the most important. The problem is often compounded by the company’s desire to find a type of person who actually doesn’t exist in the real world—a “super” person who can live up to impossible criteria. Nearly every recruitment ad clamors for people who are competitive yet flexible, great team players, able to work independently, extroverted, analytical, introspective, good with numbers, excellent with people…and so on. No one person can be all of these things! The world is composed of people who fall into several basic, identifiable behavioral categories. Each behavioral style is unique and includes specific strengths and weaknesses. None are intrinsically or qualitatively better.”

If you have 10 individuals applying for the same position and they all have the same qualifications, how do you distinguish one from the other? If you are hiring a resume, you’re in luck. At the end of the day you put the resume in the draw and you’re done.  We know that it is not that easy.  From the resume you can’t tell who has the temperament to meet the demands of the job. What competencies do they possess that best meets the requirements for the position. You can’t tell if they truly have the key skills required for success. Fortunately, people generally gravitate to careers that best suit their personality and style. An example would be people oriented individuals would perform well in sales positions, but a detailed oriented, organized individual would perform well in an accounting position, which can make it a bit easier for you to make your decision. The challenge comes after you hire them. After they have been with the company for some time and you have trained them; you start to see their behavior and learn more about their true abilities and temperament. Now you start to second guess your hiring decision. Their Manager has a conversation with you regarding the recent hire asking to have them transferred to another department because they are not working. You try several options available to move the employee in the right position, but no luck. You are frustrated and disappointed, not to mention your boss is upset because you are over your department’s budget and the quarter is not over.  If your company uses a behavior assessment, do not discard the assessment after the employee is hired. You will be doing you and your company a big favor by keeping the assessment in their file and referring back to it from time to time. Why you ask? Depending on the type of assessment, it will tell you a lot about your employee.

Some assessments can tell you about their temperament, competencies, how to best motivate them, areas of strength and areas they may need to work on. Making your decision to hire them easier and would be a great tool for their supervisor. Could you image how successful you would be if you had that type of an assessment at your fingertips for all your staff.

Behavior and personality assessments are not new, nor difficult or time consuming. If Behavior Assessments are not part of your hiring procedures, you may want to consider using them. You have enough in your “To Do” box. Make “Seeking Quality Talent to Hire” a priority and make it easier for you

To learn more, visit http://www.ypiconsultants.com

Joann Venezia

President

YPI Consultants, LLC

joann@ypiconsultants.com

www.ypiconsultants.com

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Professionalism….Is It Required?

As the Founder and President of YPI Consultants, LLC business owners and professionals have a level of expectation regarding my level of professionalism. Recently during several conversations with business owners and professionals it has been brought to my attention that our nation has been considered rude and unethical at (many) times. When I heard this I was immediately saddened, but I stopped to reflect where this impression may be derived. A flash of the many reality shows came to mind, the subtle  manners of the housewives of…, Survivor and the backstabbing methods of surviving the games and challenges, Jersey Shores and their cut throat hospitality along with their rude fun and antics and let’s not forget those looking for love and their mission to stir the pot of love with venomous cocktails on the beach.

If this is the impression we are sending across the globe, I think it is time to revisit the term Professionalism.

Professionalism…What is it?

This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary(as a noun)

:1.  the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional).2. the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood.

This is the definition from bing:Vlado Photo 34167yz22srweyd

pro·fes·sion·al·ism

 [ prō féshən’l ìzzəm ] 1.professional standards: the skill, competence, or character expected of a member of a highly trained profession 2. use of professionals: the use of professionals instead of amateurs.

Definition of PROFESSIONAL (as an adjective)

a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b : engaged in one of the learned professions

c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

We all, including myself, at some time have been less professional than expected, but we know the difference and therefore make better decision because of that knowledge and experience. Not to mention we are no longer the amateurs behaving in an unprofessional manner. I ask the next time you are about to loss your respect for another or act in an unprofessional manner, that you take a deep breath and ask yourself if you are the amateur or the professional.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
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Your Image – Your Photograph

 

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Every time you meet someone for the first time you are making an impression, leaving an impression, just like a photograph. You leaving an image in their mind just like a photograph which can be positive or negative. Learn how to make a lasting first quality impression and start to focus on your goals. Stop obsessing and start impressing others with your confidence and skills and live the life you are meant to live by working with YPI Consultants on Your Impress, Your Image and Your Goals.

Call or text today at 631320-0217 or send e-mail to info@ypiconsultantd.com

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Because Image Matters, BUT Does Your Image Matter?

You already know that Your Professional Image and Your Personal Image have an impact on your everyday life and you know how important your first impression is when introduced to new clients. With that in mind I would like to share what I discovered during one of  my presentations. I started with round robin and all the attendees introduce themselves. The first person stood up and shared their name, company and occupation and the other followed with the same, standing and so on. I noticed one trend as we moved around the room with the introductions, the attendees were all employees or self employed and their daily routines included sales of either a product or a service. They all seemed energetic for the 8AM start, but there seemed to be one thing missing from a group of them; the desire to make an strong impact with their Professional Image. How is that possible you ask? Are they not all business people? Don’t they know how to make a strong first impression? My response, I would tend to believe they all know how to make a strong first impress, but do not practice. Some of the attendees were dressed as if they were making a quick trip to the supermarket. One man had blue jeans and a t-shirt with a character image, another had a sweater with jeans and one women had very casual home-style attire and the others were professionally dressed some more casual then others.  I share this to make a point. Not everyone understands the power of a strong professional image. Would you consider hiring a financial planner who came to a meeting dressed in dirty blue jeans and a t-shirt? Would you give your money to a sales women dressed like she is ready to clean the house? Do you ask yourself; How professional is their business conduct? Do you think they follow compliance guidelines? Will they share your information with unauthorized individuals? Do they care about you and your needs? These are real questions and real concerns that many have when dealing with unprofessional individuals.

When you are planning to attend a professional networking meeting or seminar you plan the time to leave your home to arrive on time. You plan who you want to speak with and the time you plan to leave the event. You will even hand pick who you plan to speak with according to the impression they make with you during the networking. So can you tell me why you do not spend time picking your attire for the event? You have one chance to make a quality first impression and that is it! Take a look in the mirror before you leave for a meeting and ask yourself, Would I want to do business with the person in the mirror? Would I trust them? Will they take pride in their work? Will he/she share my information with unauthorized persons?

Your First Impressions needs to be of quality and have a strong, positive impact.

Proper attire, professional etiquette and a confident presence make a BIG Difference. Be confident in who you are and make sure your personal and professional image speak the same message.Your career, your success and your bank account will show the difference.

Contact Joann Dobrowolski, President of YPI Consultants, LLC for more information and seminars on this topics at 631-320-0217 or Joann@ypiconsultants.com or visit http://www.ypiconsultants.com.

 

 

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