Free Yourself from Spreadsheets with SmartScrub Subscription

This Independence Day, the ConnXus team is excited to announce the launch of SmartScrub Subscription, a new service designed to free you from spreadsheets and manual supplier data validation processes once and for all.  Read more

5 Simple Steps for Ensuring Brand Consistency

A powerful and instantly recognizable brand makes the job of a marketing department almost too easy. Positive branding greatly encourages customer trust in a company, breaking down barriers to conversion and giving marketing campaigns a head start in developing engagement.  Read more

Business Networking: How to Prepare and Build Connections

Forty-one percent of professionals want to network more frequently, but finding the free time can be a challenge. Read more

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ConnXus: Your One Stop Supplier Management Dashboard

We enable global procurement by revolutionizing the way buyers and suppliers connect. With in-house experts, industry-leading security, and intuitive software, we work hard to provide the best supplier management and procurement solutions for you. Read more

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SRM: “Supplier Relationships Matter” Do you pay your Suppliers ON Time?

At ConnXus, we’ve worked with countless organizations. From companies big and small, one of the biggest opportunities we’ve observed is managing multi-tier suppliers. Collaboration between buyer and supplier is the key to business growth. Successful SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) maximizes the value of your supply chain.

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Key Ingredients for Healthy Relationships

Building strong buyer-supplier relationships is key for any successful business. No relationship can function if both sides aren’t satisfied. That’s why companies like ConnXus and Onyx make it part of our mission to help businesses form strong buyer-supplier relationships that last, and ensure success in your industry for years to come. Read more

Altabos: Cybersecurity Risks to Your Business

myCBC Webinar Series: Cybersecurity Risks to Your Business

This webinar is part of the ConnXus myCBC Webinar Series. Tom Moore, Process and Technology Innovation at Altabos, covers the essentials of cybersecurity and how to minimize risks. Tom covers how to identify risks, evaluate the solutions, and ensure your company is prepared. Read more

Help Protect Your Business by Eliminating Cyber Security Threats

What can you do to make sure your business is a success? Most people would think this involves, among other things, careful planning, a well-designed and well-executed strategy and putting the right team in place for each task, and they’d be right. What some people may not think of, though, is doing everything possible to minimize and eliminate threats. Even if a business does everything else right, outside threats can still cause it to come crashing down.  Some of the largest and most rapidly growing threats, especially in today’s technology-driven world, are threats to cyber security. Read more

Thinking of Taking Out A Loan? Here Are Some Helpful Tips

If you’re buying a house or starting a business, chances are you’re going to take out a loan sooner or later. No one likes the idea of being in debt, but money doesn’t grow on trees, and most people don’t have enough of it to pay for these expenses out of pocket. Taking out a loan is rarely a process anyone enjoys, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make it a bit easier.

 

  1. Try to pay off your debt before applying for your loan. If you already have a significant amount of debt, taking on more probably isn’t a good idea. Make sure your debts are paid off, or at least under control before applying for another loan. This can improve your credit score, and increase your chances of getting a good interest rate.
  2. Speaking of your credit score, it’s usually a good idea to check it before applying for a loan. The better your credit score, the better interest rate the lender will give you.
  3. Be sure you don’t miss any details. Always go over everything, and understand what the documents actually say. You don’t want to be caught off guard or surprised by anything in the fine print. Be on the lookout for things like prepayment fees, or penalties for paying off your loan early.
  4. Be sure you understand if you have a fixed rate or a variable rate. With a fixed rate, your payment will remain the same. With a variable rate however, your payments will go up as interest rates rise.
  5. Consult a financial expert for larger loans. If finance isn’t typically your area of expertise, seek help from someone who does this kind of thing for a living. Having an expert walk you through this process will help you ensure no mistakes are made.

 

Hopefully you found these tips helpful, and are able to find the loan that works best for you. Good luck!

Change your self-image to reach your potential

As a manager or leader – or even just as a person – are you holding yourself back from reaching your potential? Learn how to change your internal dialogue.

Whenever I’m asked who I am, my answer is to share where I work, the organizations I am affiliated with and my family (I am a mother and a wife).

But in fact, that is not really who I am or what I do.

After I left my corporate career, it was difficult to introduce myself. I began by describing where I used to work, which let an awkward transition to who I had become. Once I learned not to define myself by my position, I began to respect myself as an individual and was more engaging. I discovered that listeners admired my career journey. This became a story I was proud to share.

Why doesn’t my self-image not match what others see? And how do I get past the need for external approval? Your self-image and the expectations are deeply embedded. Changing them requires a conscious effort, but with focus and practice, we can each reach our potential. The key lies in managing the way we see ourselves.

Self-image is our internalized mental picture of ourselves, which answers questions of how do I look, and how am I doing? Our self-image may impose limits on what we do: our internal dialogue might sound like “Because I am _______, I am unable to _______.”

An important caveat is not to allow self-image to hold us back. We can develop behaviors to push our limits by reframing our internal dialogue as a positive, by saying things to ourselves such as “to accomplish _______, I need to do _______.” Keeping action-oriented and positive will produce results that will reinforce a positive self-image.

Our perception of ourselves is based on how others view us. Changing our self-image requires rewriting your internal dialogue.

An unhealthy self-image focuses on flaws, with a constant comparison against others. Using an external measure sets you up for failure. You may see other people as being better. Measure yourself based on what you know and remember that no one is perfect. Adopt a positive self-image, rely on yourself, focus on things that give you pleasure and continue to perfect your ability to do them. We all have different strengths. Follow your passion, and you will shine! Take a risk and learn from your mistakes. The next time it will be easier, and before long you will have achieved mastery.

Women tend to underestimate their ability and performance, falling prey to the impostor syndrome, while men over-estimate both. Although men experience similar self-doubt, they are less likely to let it hold them back. The difference is in their willingness to take a risk and to the belief that they can succeed. We have the opportunity to manage our internal dialogue, using positive self-talk improves outcomes, confidence, and creates an upward spiral to success.

Life can sometimes get in the way of positive self-talk, raising doubts. And there are some situations which make keeping a positive outlook more difficult. Adopting these strategies approaches can change how you process negative emotions:

  • Journal putting your thoughts to paper has been shown to decrease worries and increase your ability to focus. The act of writing helps remove you from a situation and makes it less personal.
  • Shift your focus to include your past successes. Focusing on what you have accomplished provides a wider perspective which can keep the “imposter syndrome” in check.
  • Step back from the problem to give yourself time and space to move past the emotion. Once you can reframe the situation, you can dissect it and figure out what went wrong. Expecting perfection is not realistic. Improvement comes by making mistakes and learning from them, which increases your success in the future.

By separating yourself from your emotion, you can find practical solutions. Step aside and allow yourself to achieve greatness by not worrying about what other people will say or think. It is not important whether they like you What really matters is that you like yourself. Being able to accept your areas of weaknesses and follow your passion is not easy, but it will lead to contentment and self-satisfaction. It may seem like an uphill battle, but it gets easier as you change the way you view yourself and the world.

Try to:

  • Learn to trust yourself. Don’t rely on other people to measure your worth.
  • Figure out what you are passionate about and follow your dreams.
  • Accept things as they are, without judgment. Replace emotion with analysis.
  • Eliminate ‘should’ and focus on what you have done or will do. This removes the pressure to fit someone else’s expectations and permits you to be yourself.
  • Carrying a grudge can weigh you down. Leave the past behind.

We are all unique. Be proud of who you are, find things that give you joy and follow your passion – love yourself for who you are!

This contributed article was written by guest writer, Suzanne Weston, Diversity Program Director,  IW Consulting Group. IW Consulting Group provides a supplier diversity program and diversity and inclusion consulting. For more information on consulting services and other diversity topics, click here (www.iwconsultinggroup.com) to connect with one of our expert consultants.