Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Andy Cox helps his clients increase their success in hiring, retaining and developing the right people in the right jobs; in defining and developing the Personal Skills, Attitudes and Behaviors necessary for organizational and personal success; in managing and implementing change; and in improving communications and productivity. Andy founded Cox Consulting Group in 1995 after extensive executive experience in sales, labor relations, organizational development, profit center management and administration.

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Our Greatest Source of Security

The only real source of security any of us have in this time of change and downsizing and merging and new business models and all the other stuff we see, read and hear - is what? The only real security any of us have comes from our own accomplishments. Top performers - the people who will prosper even in the toughest of times - believe that. For others it's a frightening thought - or a frustrating thought - or just plain not true.

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7 Steps To Developing Personal Power

The most successful people are those who know who they are. They know that each of us is made up of three selves. Each of us is first, the person we think we are - our self concept; second, the person we want others to think we are - our mask; and third, the person others think we are - our perceived self. These can be three very different people. Successful people know that, and work hard to closely align their three selves.

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Captain Sullenberger, Preparation, Routine and Opportunities

Hats off to Captain Sullenberger and his crew and their rescue - I can't think of a better word to describe what they did - in saving the passengers and themselves when they had to ditch in the Hudson River. The accolades and gratitude and respect that the crew have received are well earned. And there is a real lesson for all of us as we go about the business of our lives

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Ten Behaviors For Success In A Business Downturn

A lot is written about what to do after losing a job, but what about the people who don't lose their jobs, but are faced with the results of business slowdowns - layoffs, reduced expectations, salary freezes, greater responsibility with fewer resources and the uncertainty of what's next? Read on to get ten behaviors that can mean the difference between failure, survival or success in business downturns.

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Use SMART Goals to Overcome the Tyranny of the Unimportant

Have you ever caught yourself rearranging your desk, or your E Mail files, or checking E Mail, or making a purchase on Amazon, or automatically answering your cell phone, even when you know the call isn't important - when you know, in your gut, that there is more important work to be done? Read on to see how to overcome the Tyranny of the Unimportant.

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Where Success Happens

Success happens at that special intersection of passion, commitment, talent and persistence. Think of those four as separate paths that flow into one path - one powerful path that leads to success - in it's infinite variety. It's a special place, that path.

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My Top Resolution For 2009

I'm not that great at keeping New Year's resolutions, but this one is going to stick - I promise. I resolve to wipe the F word "fair" from my vocabulary, from my thinking, from my emotions. How did I arrive at this resolution? Read on.

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There Is Plenty For Everybody - Share It

A friend sent me a story about Heaven and Hell and sharing. It just struck me as such a good example of why a belief that there is plenty for everybody and a behavior of interdependence represent the highest order of living. At this time of year, and at this time in our economy, it's worth reminding ourselves of that fact. Read on.

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How To Be A Top Contributor In Tough Times

In these times - tough times by anyone's measure - it's important to be seen as a contributor - a person who makes a positive difference in the success of their enterprise. So what does it take to be a top contributor? We asked some of the most successful contributors we know. Read on to get their answers: ten Behaviors, Attitudes and Personal Skills of top contributors.

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Victors Do The Work, and Forget The Silver Bullets

Victors know success comes from doing the work. And that belief is even more important in tough times. At a time when resources have to be carefully committed, and when the need to focus on getting the really important things done is crucial, the temptation to look for silver bullets is greater than ever.

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Use Goals To Stay In Play

Never has there been a more critical time to remind ourselves to "Stay In Play." "Stay In Play" tells us just how important it is to press on, to take the next step, to develop the best possible solution, to make the next sales call, to play the next down, to serve the next serve, to stay in the game.

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Victor Or Victim - Your Choice

Right now it's tough to not feel like a victim. So many events seem to be beyond our control, and so many consequences of the decisions of others appear to have cost so many so much. Others choose to be victors. Faced with the same events and circumstances and consequences and outcomes as victims, they will continue to swim upstream - possibly more slowly and with more effort, but still working their way toward their goals.

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Use SMART Goals To Get Through Tough Times

The most effective thing any of us can do right now is to focus on our goals - define them, refine them to reflect changing realities, test them to see if they remain realistic and relevant, and act to achieve them. It's hard. The steady drumbeat of bad news - about the economy, about the elections, about man's inhumanity to man can really divert attention from the really important things. That's where SMART goals come in.

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Make Sure Dreams Are Your Servant, and Not Your Master

In effective goal setting, using dreams to establish ideal outcomes is a critical step in creating the vision and purpose that become the building block for goals. When used that way, dreams are your servant. But when the word dreams is mentioned, many people are turned off - to them dreams are a waste of time - a trip into fantasy. They feel dreams are not for the real world. They see dreams as taking away from action and accomplishment.

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When Is The Best Time To Change?

When is the best time to change? It's when preparation and the opportunity to create interest and urgency come together around some incident or condition that can focus attention and effort. That's when real lasting change occurs. Use that answer to focus your own personal and organizational change efforts for maximum impact and value.

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