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UQTV - How to Become an Awesome Employee

Alexandria Joy - Monday, October 19, 2015

If you're on the hunt for a new position or you want to become an indispensable employee who shines, then you want to understand the key traits that managers and CEOs look for in star employees. 

Some of the key traits they might be looking for are these three H's:

  • Happy: No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Energy drainers can bring down their team with their drama, mood and poor attitude and it's no way to earn brownie points. Do a quick self assessment - do you find yourself smiling at work, relaxed and conversing with open body language or are you closed, frowning and frantic all the time?
  • Hungry: No I don't mean you are in the kitchen snacking all the time! As the old adage goes, time is money. Leaders want people who are driven and hungry, who chase the sale, make the deal and get the job done efficiently and effectively. Do you make the most of every second? Do you hustle in your job duties? 
  • Honest: As an employee, you will be entrusted with inside information that's going to move the company forward. A leader doesn't want to have to second guess if you are going to deliver the work they're paying for and that you're not playing hooky or entertaining the competition. In short don't lie on your resume. Don't lie in your interview. Don't lie after you're hired. Companies don't run well and culture get toxic and poisonous when they don't have honest, decent employees in them. 
So how do you go to the next level and get known as a batteries included, star employee? Follow these three tips in this week's episode of UQTV.

Four Steps To Leading During A Downturn

Alexandria Joy - Monday, December 08, 2014

At UQ Power we imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled and as though they have had an opportunity to use their unique strengths. 

Sadly this is often not the case. During turbulent times and economic challenges, many organisations and their leaders hunker down and resort to container style management - restriction, rigid policies and procedures, cost cutting and endless accountability trails. 

I recently wrote an article about the ill effects of poor leadership that struck a nerve receiving around 55,000 views and 500 comments about how the quality of your manager is more important to your health than the quality of your doctor. In fact studies from Europe and the US are showing that when people say “my boss is killing me”, quite literally this could be the case. 

The challenge during these tough economic times, particularly here in Australia where businesses who are heavily reliant on the mining, manufacturing and industrial sector are feeling the pinch, is not to fall into this trap and instead continue to inspire and engage people to create a healthy, productive workforce.

So what is the opportunity inherent in the current crushing economic climate and mining downturn? One thing we are discovering through our work at UQ Power is more and more people committed to finding new ways to clarify what matters most, to respect people and their individuality and to experiment with new ways to do things. This change in focus creates what we call a four way win: improved performance at work, at home, in the community and for the self. 

Could the current downturn make it easier to experiment with new attitudes and serve as a catalyst for your own reinvention as a leader? Watch this week's episode of UQTV for four ways you can continue to lead during a downturn. 

 


Now it’s your turn. What opportunities or silver linings have you found during your toughest economic times? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


THE BIG LIFE OF A CONSCIOUS RENEGADE: AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA MESSENGER

Alexandria Joy - Monday, July 21, 2014
Sometimes people say something that just really hits home.

That’s exactly what happened when I first met this woman and she talked about the nature of her life as an entrepreneur. From sharing ideas from her work as the Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective (launched in March 2013), to the number of new business ideas she has each day and her deliberately contrarian approach to all that she does, talking to this lady was like hearing all the ideas in my head being spoken out loud, articulately and in public!

My guest is the legendary Lisa Messenger, Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective, and she’s here to help us redefine success on our own terms.

I read her magazine cover to cover each month and am constantly impressed, not only with the inspiring stories it contains but with the clearly alternative approach which it has to common mainstream gossip magazines.

Watch as Lisa and I talk about the importance of backing yourself and surrounding yourself with a support team, the challenges of our perfectionistic tendencies, and how we can make a difference in the world.



To find out where you can get your own copy of Renegade Collective in your country here

Now, Lisa and I would love to hear from you. Where are you thinking small in your business or life when you could back yourself and go big? 

Be as specific as possible in your comment, so others watching from around the world who come here to connect and be inspired can glean ideas from you too.

Thank you for reading, watching, and sharing in the comments below.
To your success, on your terms!
Heidi Alexandra 
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DELIVERING HAPPINESS DELIVERS PROFITS

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 26, 2014

When it comes to positive workplace cultures and exemplary customer service, few it seems could rival the happiness seen in Las Vegas based company Zappos. It all started in 1999 when their founder Nick Swinmurn found himself walking around a mall in San Francisco looking for a pair of shoes to no avail and then searching online only to turn up nothing. So Nick decided to quit his day job and start an online shoe retailer... and Zappos.com was born! 

At Zappos they believe that the speed at which a customer receives an online purchase plays a very important role in how that customer thinks about shopping online again in the future, so at Zappos.com, they have put a lot of focus on making sure the items get delivered to customers as quickly as possible. In order to do that, they warehouse everything they sell, and unlike most other online retailers, they don't make an item available for sale unless it is physically present in their warehouse. 

In 2001 Zappos brought in $8.6 million.

In 2003 they reached $70 million in gross sales.

In 2004, they achieved $184 million in gross sales.

In 2008, they hit $1 billion in annual sales, two years earlier than expected.

In 2009, just a decade after their launch the company announced its plans to join the Amazon.com, Inc. family with a buy out worth around $940 million in stock and cash.

In this episode  of UQTV we take a look under the hood at Zappos "work hard, play hard" culture to find out how their rituals have delivered happiness and profits.

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Now it's your turn. 
1. Have you WOWed at least one person today?
2. What can you do to make it more fun in your workplace? 
3. How do you get your workers and co-workers to grow?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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IS IT TIME TO KISS YOUR MARKETING GOODBYE

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 12, 2014

It doesn’t matter what you make, write, craft, code, film, engineer, perform, produce, paint, invent, teach or build…at some point in your career or business lifecycle, you’ve probably experienced this.

You make something truly, utterly brilliant. You feel a buzz of excitement about it and you put it out there for the world to consume. And as you wait for the phone to ring, cash register to cha-ching or offers to bring wealth through your door, you realise you are hearing...

Nothing.

Yep that's right, the world has responded with absolute silence. Zip, nada, rien (it's French look it up).

It's deadly and it hurts. Which leaves you to wonder, is this thing called marketing all it's cracked up to be?

If you’ve ever died inside from the deafening silence and you're wondering if it's time to kiss your marketing goodbye, you’ll appreciate today’s episode of UQTV. 
 

Tweet This: Successful companies have kissed traditional marketing goodbye @UQPower

Now I’d love to hear from you.

Have you ever felt like your work and offerings were falling short of their potential? Where do your tribe hang out and are you providing them with a communal space where they can come together?

Share your experience and thoughts in the comments below with as much detail as possible.

Thanks in advance for being kind and generous in your replies and discussion. Your responses, shares and stories are what makes this one of the best, most unique tribes for the improvement of businesses, their people and their culture.

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