There’s a difference between being a BOSS and being BOSSY, but it will be hard for you to tell the difference while reading this post, dear readers. Because today I want you to pretend with me. Close your eyes (I mean it, close your eyes! See what I mean about being bossy? Sheesh) Imagine that I am your boss, and it is early January, and we are sitting down for our annual “let’s make sure you kick total A$$ this year meeting.” We have coffee, and dark chocolate and some sweet yacht rock tunes jamming oh so quietly in the background. Here goes….
1. You will focus on fostering a growth mindset. I know it may seem like a buzz word, but a growth mindset is an important key concept to your success. Think of it this way: when you (or your boss, or me) acknowledges your hard work as opposed to your “natural” sales ability or intelligence, you become more resilient, and you believe that through hard work, effort and positive attitude, you can achieve even the highest of goals. There is a great article you can read to learn more here
2. You will conquer a fear. What are you most afraid of when it comes to your sales career? Is it rejection? Asking for the order? Lower compensation? Something you don’t know or aren’t comfortable with? Now is the time to articulate it, face it and overcome it. Just by acknowledging what you fear and looking it dead in the face, you can start to examine it and take away its power over you. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Now is the time to make the change that will remove obstacles and put you in a better position to ascend to high heights. (Thanks, Dr. Seuss) Here is a great article to learn more
3. You will acquire a new skill. Whether it’s becoming a better presenter, writing, becoming a social media ninja, or learning more about 3D printing, you will articulate WHAT you want to do and create a road map for how to get there. The internet will be your best friend here. Just google it, yo.
4. You will articulate a WHY. You will take a hard look at your income goals and articulate one impact that an increase in income will have on you. For example, in my family, we have decided that 25% of incremental growth income on my part will be put into a vacation fund. Knowing that my hard work will be rewarded with a trip is making me more accountable, more focused and let’s face it, more excited to show up to work every day.
At this point, you are probably thanking your lucky stars that I am not your (bossy) boss. But I hope that you take at least one of these action points to heart and let me know how it goes. And, if you WANT me to be your boss, we can make that happen too!
As a sales and marketing coach and consultant at Success In Print, Kelly Mallozzi advocates for graphic arts companies to start a revolution and fight to keep print relevant. She may be irreverent, but what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in smart-assery.
Listen to Kelly’s Podcasts From The Printerverse: Achieving Success In Print and Sales with Kelly Mallozzi / Strategies for Sales Success with Bill Farquharson and Kelly Mallozzi
Check out her book, co-authored by Bill Farquharson: Who’s Making Money at Digital/Inkjet Printing…and How?