New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter [Part 2]

Now for the second part of 2313 Inc.‘s list of awesome resolutions to make in the new year!

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here.

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3. “In 2018, I will take every opportunity to express my appreciation to those around me.”

Verbally sharing and physically showing appreciation are natural next steps to feeling gratitude internally (#2 on our list).

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We stumbled upon a pretty awesome quote on Twitter recently:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward

It’s easy to assume that the people around us know that we appreciate them — and in most cases, they probably do. But, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make them feel good to hear you express it.

There isn’t a person on earth who doesn’t feel a spark of joy when given a genuine compliment or when recognized for their hard work. So why not share the love? Who knows, it might be great for your own life and career.

Perhaps 2018 will be the year in which you go out of your way to verbalize your gratitude to those whom you appreciate.

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4. “In 2018, I will plan my week in advance, every single week.”

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re just flying by the seat of your pants, rushing around to get things done, jotting down reminders in random places, and just feeling utterly overwhelmed? We all have.

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The problem with those disorganized weeks is that not only do you feel terrible, but your productivity isn’t optimal either.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin

In this new year, make it your mission to avoid being disheveled at all costs. The most effective way to do this is to make it a top priority to always plan out your week — before the new week begins.

Many people like to do this on Sunday, but it doesn’t necessarily matter which day you choose. What is most important is that you take the time to think through the priorities of the week, and to organize your time accordingly.

Make 2018 the year you plan and prioritize.

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Share them with 2313 Inc. in the comments section below!

From all of us here in Farmington Hills, we wish you a happy and successful year ahead!

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter [Part 1]

With a brand new year beginning in less than 2 weeks, all of us at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) are fine-tuning our resolutions for 2018. With this fresh set of 365 days comes the hope of happiness, success, and abundance; and we don’t know about you, but we’ve got some pretty big goals in mind at 2313 Inc.

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If you could use some help putting together your own objectives for the year ahead, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions worth committing to:

1. “In 2018, I will wake up 1 hour earlier every day.”

Ponder this one for a second: waking up an hour earlier every day will give you an extra 365 hours in your life to get things done. That’s 15 days! Whoa.

Imagine how much progress you could make on anything with all of that extra time.

Perhaps you’ll use your mornings to start a new workout routine before heading to the office. Or, maybe you’ll use the extra hour to read the news and become a more informed citizen. How about listening to a podcast or audiobook that will help you in your career? The possibilities are endless! Choose one or two things and commit.

So, instead of staying up late binging on season 2 of Stranger Things, exercise that self-discipline muscle and head to sleep so you can wake up 1 hour ahead of schedule!

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2. “In 2018, I will take a moment each day to reflect about what I am grateful for.”

A big element of acquiring (and maintaining) the inner peace necessary to tackle challenging goals is feeling grateful for what you already have.

If you aren’t already in the habit of doing so, perhaps 2018 will be the year in which you take a moment each day to think about what you are thankful for in your life. This is an extremely useful tool for managing stress, overcoming obstacles, and grounding yourself when you’re feeling frustrated. When you remind yourself of how fortunate you are, you are likely to feel optimistic and energized.

Keep challenging yourself and keep wanting more — but be grateful for what you already have and the journey that you’re on.

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We’ve got more where these came from! Click here to read Part 2 of New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter by 2313 Inc.

3 Habits That Strong Leaders Swear By

If you know anything about 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI), you know that our team is full of remarkable leaders. But as any of them will tell you, being a great leader is no easy task. It’s a skill that takes constant hard work and a whole lot of good habits. They will also tell you that they didn’t become the leaders that they are today without learning a few of those practices from other phenomenal leaders. We gathered a list of 3 of the most valuable habits that our own exceptional leaders swear by to help you become the best leader that you can be.

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Three exemplary leaders whom we’re proud to work with!

1) Always be early

Making a habit of being early for presentations, meetings, and especially work gives you a little extra time to prepare. What questions do you want to ask after a presentation? What ideas do you want to contribute during a meeting? What are the most important tasks that you need to accomplish for that day? If you’re leading the meeting or presentation, what items do you want to spend a little extra time discussing? Having a few more minutes to think over and answer these kinds of questions will ensure that you’re ready for anything. When you’re in a position of authority, it’s crucial to be prepared and to set a good example for your team. As the team leaders of 2313 Inc. will attest to, if you start putting in the extra effort to arrive early, they probably will too!

2) Consistently produce quality work

Actions really do speak louder than words. At 2313 Inc. we believe that it’s unfair and unrealistic to expect your team to always work hard and deliver excellent work if you’re a lazy leader. The single most effective way to motivate your team to do their very best is to make sure that you are doing yours. As with all of these habits, your team will behave in the same manner that you do, so lead by example!

3) Facilitate communication

Healthy communication is at the core of every successful relationship. Being a great leader is no different. Make sure that every member of your team knows that they can come talk to you about anything and that you will be completely transparent with them in return. Invest your time in building strong relationships with the people you lead, because your team is more likely to follow you if they respect you.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to start practicing these positive habits. Becoming a good leader takes time, so start as soon as possible!

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3 Must-See Business Films That Are Fun and Informative

Here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI), we love to curl up after a day of hard work and put on a good movie. Romantic comedies, drama, horror, and foreign films are all genres that can be combined with a buttery bowl of popcorn to make for an entertaining evening. That being said, there’s nothing like a movie about entrepreneurs or business in general to hit the spot!

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Hollywood has a way of exaggerating many aspects of business… well, everything. Lot’s of what we see on the big screen is unbelievable to the people who actually do it every day. But don’t worry, there are plenty of films out there that articulate realisms of business-life, while still providing the viewer with loads of entertainment. With that in mind, 2313 Inc. wants to share 3 of our favorite business films that are informative and fun to watch!

1. The Big Short

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This star-studded film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, winning 1 for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and many others. The movie does an excellent job of breaking down the financial crisis of 2008 by explaining every single thing that led to the recession. The film has elements of comedy, drama, and excitement all while being able to teach you about the housing market’s responsibility for the downfall of our economy in 2008.

2. The Social Network

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Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and bringing home 3, The Social Network tells the story of internet mogul Mark Zuckerberg and how he became the gigantic success that he is today. The film begins with Zuckerberg’s (played by Jesse Eisenberg) time at Harvard University and the events that lead to him creating the most prominent social network there is. Zuckerberg became one of the youngest billionaires on the planet and this movie shows all of his ups and downs on the road to success—perfect for anyone at 2313 Inc. looking for some inspiration!

3. The Pursuit of Happyness

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Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden Smith, star in this emotional film about a single father trying to make it in New York City. Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his performance of Chris Gardner, a man evicted from his apartment with his son. They have no place to go as Chris desperately tries to find a job and provide for his son in the competitive New York job market. The story is heart wrenching, emotional, and inspirational. The Pursuit of Happyness is a movie that will surely motivate and entertain you!

Did we miss any of your favorites? Comment below and suggest a movie for the next 2313 Inc. movie night!

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Developing Strong Leadership from Scratch

At 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) we pride ourselves on our ability to develop our team members into world-class leaders. In this blog post we will shed some light on how we do it.

Developing Strong Leadership From Scratch

Anyone can learn to be a good leader, but it takes something extra for a team to get behind you.

If you own a business and it starts growing, you’ll need other people to whom you can delegate management and leadership duties. But how do you develop those ever-important leadership skills in your employees? Here are some tips from 2313 Inc.

Identify the critical skills you need in your leaders. Each organization is different, so you need to take the time to figure out what your needs are and how your current staff’s competencies work into that. Once you know those needs in relation to your company’s strategy, you can begin your efforts to develop new leaders.

Identify leadership candidates. Which of your employees seem to have these critical skills, or which of them could develop those skills with some mentorship from you? Which of them takes the initiative when things need to be done? A good leader knows each team member’s strengths and areas where they need to grow. With that information, a leader can begin building skills in those with leadership potential.

Invest in your team. High-impact companies invest in leadership development more than novices do. Help your staff to participate in programs that will give them the skills they need to become leaders in your organization. It’s worth the cost to send promising employees to workshops and classes.

Teach them to network. By doing so, you’ll help them learn how to make connections with people they don’t know. They’ll also develop some mutually beneficial relationships that will help you and your company. You can start small, with company potlucks or after-work happy hours, and then bring them to larger networking events and introduce them to your connections.

Give them the right experience. If your managers need to be good public speakers, for example, invite your team member to watch you give a presentation and then, later on, ask them to present in your place. You can do the same with duties like running meetings and overseeing projects. All these tasks will help your budding leaders develop their management skills.

Allow them to stretch. It’s okay if your potential leaders struggle a little; it will ultimately help them to build their skills and learn who to ask about what.  That doesn’t mean you should sit around and watch while your employee tries to figure out something that’s become easy for you. Give hints here and there, or introduce them to someone in the company who will be better able to help.

Let them take ownership. If you’ve taught your employees how to make smart, informed decisions based on their knowledge of the company and the product, you shouldn’t make them run their ideas by you before executing them. Trust your employees and your mentorship enough to let them make their own decisions. Some of those decisions will result in learning experiences, some will be amazing—but whatever the case, if you let your potential leaders lead, the long-term results will be great.

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A 5-Step Guide to Setting and Meeting Career Goals

Goal-setting is a regular and ongoing activity we engage in here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI). Here’s how to implement this productive habit in your own life.

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Nobody with any degree of motivation imagines that they’ll be in the same job, at the same pay rate, five years from now. So what do you do if you want to move beyond your current position? You need to set goals—but how do you do that for maximum chances of success? Here are some tips from 2313 Inc.
 
Make your goals SMART
Unless your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely, you’re not going to be able to achieve them. It’s not enough, for example, to say that you’d like to own your own business. You need to set a goal like, “I will own my own business in five years.” This specific goal is also measurable because you can track your progress toward that goal. It’s achievable and realistic if you are motivated, and timely because you’ve set a time limit for achieving that long-term goal.
 
Create milestones
Because SMART goals must be measurable and achievable, create milestones (or short-term goals) in support of your long-term goal. For example, you could create a short-term goal of finding at least one mentor within a month, or taking an accounting or bookkeeping class within a year to support your ability to manage your business finances.
 
Build your network
Once you’ve decided on the goal you want to achieve, some of the milestones you create should revolve around building your network. Seek out mentors in your desired career field, talk to people at networking events and conferences, and build connections with people online through career-oriented social media channels. By building your network, you’ll have a better chance of successfully achieving your goals.
 
Be committed and accountable
You can create all the long-term and short-term goals you want, but if you’re not committed to them, you won’t succeed. If you believe your goal is important and attainable, you’re more likely to do the work necessary to achieve it. Likewise, you need to be accountable, so make sure a mentor or fellow entrepreneur is there to hold you to your long-term and short-term goals.
 
On the other hand, be flexible
You may find that you need to change your timeline for achievement of your goals. For example, if you have a goal of graduating from college in three years, but then realize you can’t do that while also working full-time, don’t be afraid to modify that goal. Maybe you can take one or two evening classes each semester.
However, there’s also a chance that a goal you set may no longer be important to you; in that case, set yourself a new SMART goal to achieve.
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Improving Conversation Skills for Better Networking

Like it or not, networking is an important part of becoming successful. In this blog post, 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) shares tips to perfect the art if conversation

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Networking. At its worst, it’s an exchange of banal small talk and glad-handing that you’ve been forced into by someone who’s read a blog post about the importance of networking. At its best, though, networking can be a great opportunity to make connections that can help you—or allow you to help others.

Ultimately, networking events are what you make them. If you think they’re going to be useless ordeals, that’s what they’ll be. On the other hand, if you go into a networking event armed with good conversation skills and a positive attitude, you may find that you get more out of it than you might have thought even in your most optimistic moments.

While 2313 Inc. can’t help you with your attitude—that’s one’s up to you—we do have some tips for improving your conversation skills and making your networking better and more successful as a result.

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Make it about them

You’ve probably been held captive by someone who talks endlessly about something you don’t care about. Don’t be the person who does that. Instead, show interest in your conversation partner’s world. Start your conversations by asking an open-ended question about the work they do or their interests. Try starting with business-oriented questions like “How did you get started in this industry?” or “What’s your favorite type of client to work with?” If the conversation goes a little farther, consider asking questions along the lines of “What’s your favorite way to celebrate success?”

Don’t be a panhandler

No, we’re not talking about the person asking for spare change on the street, but we are talking about a similar attitude. Don’t approach people with the intention of getting something out of them, but rather with sincere interest and an attitude of “what can I do to help you?” By taking a constructive stance and wanting to be of service, you actually increase the odds that something good is going to come out of your networking activities.

Listen. Really listen.

Most people don’t listen well. They’ll hear half of what the other person is saying and immediately start forming counter-arguments or thinking of things to say in response. But people respond best when they feel heard. Pay attention when the other person is talking—make eye contact, nod, or make affirmative noises—and use “active listening” techniques like paraphrasing the other person’s view and asking for clarification if needed.

Avoid taboo topics

We all know politics and religion are topics that should not be on the table at a networking event. But did you know that there are some other, less obvious things you should avoid talking about? Don’t discuss relationship status, for example, and do avoid comments on a person’s physical appearance. You might also want to avoid discussing major purchases or other things that could signal that you are of a higher (or lower) socioeconomic status than your peers.

Use positive language

Networking events are not the time to complain about your job, your commute, or your personal life. Instead, make sure your language is inviting and not overly blunt. There’s really no down side to using positive language (just try not to be too constantly chipper because that can come off as being insincere), and it’s a great way to avoid communication problems that arise from misinterpretation of blunter language.

What tips do you have for improving your conversation skills? Please tell us in the comments.

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