On Friday of last week (18th), Cooney Carey held our strategic away day, where we discussed plans and opportunities in the upcoming 12 months. As a multi-disciplinary professional services firm, we had input from 12 members of our senior management team. It was an extremely productive day and many discussion points arose throughout the day.
Afterwards, I reflected on the day and specifically the importance of holding a successful meeting. I estimate that in a normal working week, I attend an average of 10 – 15 meetings a week (client and internal meets), which when I think about, over 30+ years of experience is upwards of 15,000 meetings.
Each person has different strengths and qualities in their professional armoury but when it comes to holding a successful meeting, there are a few fundamentals that have stood me in good stead down through my advisory career. This list is not an exhaustive, but merely a list of the take-away points that have resonated with me over the course of my career to date:
I hope these tips will help you make the most of the meetings you hold and attend.
Does your company offer an internship programme? Have you considered the benefits of such a programme?
I have heard several people say that that an internship programme is beneficial for the intern only, while for the company the time invested in the intern is wasted as the intern returns to college just as they become useful.
While it is true that there are several benefits for the intern; paid summer job, gaining on job experience and a perspective on a potential future profession they may wish to follow, your company can benefit too.
As a company, we are new to the idea of internships. While in the past we took on summer students their role has been of an office admin type. However, since 2016 we have actively sought interns who are doing a business or accounting degree and who are looking to commence a career in accountancy following college.
In our first year, we took on one intern as we wanted to see how the whole programme would work out. While this approach means more time and effort is spent when recruiting the intern, we felt the benefits far outweighed the costs. As a consulting firm, we tend to have many employees on study leave/annual leave over the summer period and the presence of the intern allowed us to alleviate some of the work flow issues that can arise around this time.
Another benefit for us was that we could use the internship programme as a recruitment tool for future employees. It allowed us to assess the intern in a work environment rather than in an interview setting. This enabled us to gain a much more rounded judgement on the person and how they would fit into the team.
Our first venture into the world of internship was so successful that this summer we took on two interns. And we never looked back.
So, we would highly recommend that your company considers such a programme. As our experience shows it can be beneficial for both the intern and the company.
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Whether you are an individual, a small company or a large multi-national the same principles for branding apply. You need to stand out from the crowd.
Your personal brand is the image you represent to your customers/employer everyday – your reputation. Successful branding sets you apart from your competitors.
1. Understand and be your true self – faking it can’t last long term, people connect with other people, a small bit of inconsistency may damage the trust of your customers/employer.
2. Review your moments of truth – the moments with your customers/employer that determine the impression you have left with them.
3. Build your online presence – Pick which social media meets your needs and never forget to regularly review how you’re coming across, how others might be perceiving you and what they’re saying about you.
4. Be purposeful in what you share – every like or share is saying something about your brand, be strategic about your personal brand.
5. Remain a student of your industry – everything is changing at a faster rate than ever before, stay up to date and on trend.
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