Corporate Contractors - Fall2020 Newsletter

Boost Your Creativity When Social Distancing The stress of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic can make it hard to stay creative, especially when you’re social distancing. Working from home means you don’t have your co-workers to bounce ideas off. The Entrepreneur website shares some exercises for keeping your mind and imagination fresh and active: • Freewriting. Sit down at your keyboard and just write whatever comes into your head. Don’t stop, don’t edit, don’t worry about punctuation or grammar, just let the words flow. If you’re lucky, you’ll generate ideas. Even if you don’t, you’ll loosen up your brain so you can go back to work with an open mind. • Time tracking. Turn your everyday tasks into a game. How quickly can you finish that report? Challenge yourself to do something in less time than you usually use. Use a timer to stay focused. • Mindstorming. When you’ve got a problem to solve, write it down and then quickly generate 20 possible solutions. The first four or five will probably come easily, but don’t stop until you’ve hit 20. This will stretch your mind and force you to be more creative. You’ll also gain confidence when you succeed. • Sketchnoting. Don’t limit yourself to words. When searching for ideas or trying to solve a problem, try drawing pictures. This can put you in touch with the other side of your brain and lead to different solutions. Grins & Giggles • What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but the flag is a huge plus. • I submitted 10 puns to a joke-writing competition to see if any of them made the finals. Sadly, no pun in ten did. • What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter. • If you ever get cold, stand in the corner of a room. They’re usually 90 degrees. • I took part in the suntanning Olympics, but I only got bronze. • What do Alexander the Great and Winnie-the-Pooh have in common? Same middle name. • Murphy’s Law says that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Cole’s Law is thinly sliced cabbage. • Not only is my new thesaurus terrible, it’s also terrible. • Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building? Of course! The Empire State Building can’t jump. • If you have 10 apples in one hand and 14 oranges in the other, what do you have? Really, really big hands. • What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? SUPPLIES! • What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle? A tire. • How was Rome split in two? With a pair of Ceasars. Forget This Bad Business Advice The internet is full of advice on how to succeed, but not all of it’s good. Inc. Magazine points at some common “words of wisdom” that aren’t all that wise: • “Don’t get too close to people.” Relationships are the key to success. If you hold yourself at arm’s length, people won’t trust you. Keep your friendships on a professional level, but don’t shy away from building strong, long-lasting relationships with employees, co-workers, managers, and customers. • “Stick to your business plan.” No matter how good your plan is, it shouldn’t be set in stone. Situations change, and if you’re not willing and able to adapt and adjust, you’ll run your career into the ground. Stay on top of trends and developments in your industry so you can react quickly. • “Do what you love.” You probably shouldn’t pursue a career in a field or position you absolutely hate, but just because you love to cook doesn’t mean you’ll be able to open and run a five-star restaurant. Figure out what you do best, and look for a career that fits your talents. You’ll be happier and more successful in the long run. • “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” If you take on every task, you’ll burn yourself out in a short time. Learn to delegate. Trust the people around you to do their jobs. If you don’t have the required expertise within your organization, hire it. Save your energy to focus on the big picture. • “If you build it, they will come.” It might have worked in Field of Dreams , but in reality, creating a product or opening a business is just the beginning. Be ready for the work involved in marketing your organization, managing growth, dealing with competition, and navigating the regulatory landscape. • “Never say no.” The customer isn’t always right, or reasonable. You may think you can’t afford to turn down an opportunity, but take the time to consider whether a request is reasonable, and if you’re the right person (or organization) to do it. You’ll last longer by being judicious about where to invest your energy and resources instead of trying to please absolutely everybody. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” —Robert Collier