Author/Founder The Growth Game; Professional Development for the Next Business Age
Eddy Ricci, Jr., is the author of
The Growth Game: A Millennial's Guide to Professional Development. Ricci believes in creatively blending time-tested and time-relevant concepts to help businesses and professionals grow. For more on professionalism go to: www.thegrowthgame.com.
The time between graduation and the first day of work is a crucial opportunity to get ready for the rest of your life.
An outstanding memory is an underrated business trait. Cultivate that.
Somewhere among your family, friends, Facebook friends and friends of friends you'll find the people who will help you launch your career.
The fastest way for many businesses to grow revenue is to sell new, related services to existing clients.
The best way to make friends with the people who can help you is to think about how you can help them.
When an employee makes a mistake there is an opportunity for improvement that too often becomes a session of scolding that helps nobody.
Losing a deal because the prospect got a better deal elsewhere is a small problem compared with losing the deal because they didn't want to do business with you.
Sales is always about solving a problem or satisfying a desire, but sometimes your customer just isn't in a hurry.
Diplomatically helping people see the usefulness of your product when they don't, and gracefully conceding when they genuinely don't need it, are cornerstones of long-term success.
The most polite way to decline a sales pitch is to blame the budget. Often, however, that is not an insurmountable barrier.
When everyone can get a million hits on Google in a millisecond or watch news 24 hours a day, learning to spot spin and hidden agendas is crucial.
Gen Y Professional Development
Personal development accounts encourage employees to grow their talents while demonstrating your faith that they will.
Living Your Personal Brand
The great Yankee, surely destined for the Hall of Fame, is a textbook study in how to honorably build an outstanding career.
The youngest workers, who've come of age ordering take-out food with an app, seem unaware of the incomparable efficiency of a phone call.
It is nearly rude not to examine all the social-media clues we glean about people with whom a good relationship is important.
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