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Avoiding Manic Mondays

September 24th, 2015

Generally speaking, I am a very organized person. Yet at times, I let things get behind. Once the awareness of my situation hits me in the face, I get into action quickly. It always surprises me how little time it takes to get back on track. However, we all know that prevention is the best medicine. That’s why these tips stood out to me. They can help all of us stay on top of the stuff that just builds up. (Making those Mondays not quite so daunting.) brings you these tips below to achieve a more relaxing start to the week:

1. Plan your week on Sunday.

If you wait until Monday morning to plan and schedule your week, it will not take long before you find yourself engulfed in daily business “fires” and adding tasks and meetings before you even finish your planning. Instead, consider planning your week on Sunday evening, when it is quiet and you have the time and space to concentrate. You will sleep better knowing the task is done and you can devote more time to a morning routine that eases you into the week.

2. Create a morning routine.

There is plenty of evidence that shows that getting out of bed a few minutes early, rather than snoozing your way through your morning, has tremendous benefits to your mental and physical wellness. If you have a tough time in the mornings, try getting up and taking a quick and brisk walk around your block, which will get your blood flowing and tell your body and mind that it is time to wake.

3. Purge that email.

Your email box can be incredibly intimidating on Monday morning, filled with unread emails from the weekend and the previous week, all of which will immediately make you feel like you’re behind. Instead of reading every old email, delete them. Start with newsletters–they are old news anyway–and then find the confidence to purge any email that was not important enough to answer immediately in the first place. Too many emails to really get through? Consider one of the many applications, such as Sanebox, that can help you get your email under control.

4. Connect with a friend.

On Monday, take five or 10 minutes to call a good friend or reconnect with an old friend, one with whom you can have a non-business conversation. These conversations often offer perspective to my life and typically end in a smile–and they help two people ease into the week.

5. Take one new personal risk.

There is a great deal of benefit to writing out your goals. I like to spend five minutes each day to review my ongoing goals and priorities. On Mondays, however, I make it a point to set one new and aggressive personal goal for the week, such as trying new exercise, reading a book, or learning a new song on the guitar. The point is to provide you motivation during your busy week to pursue an interest that you enjoy outside of work.

6. Make an “appreciation list.”

In addition to making out that extensive weekly to-do list, also take a minute to write down at least five things for which you are grateful. More than likely, they will be the same from week to week–your wonderful family is always a good thing to be happy about–but doing so will put life in perspective and the positive emotions you create could affect your happiness, optimism, and self-esteem.

7. Pay it forward with kindness.

Keep in mind that you are sharing this Monday with everyone on earth, so to help relieve the stress of the beginning of the week, consider an unselfish act of kindness during your morning, such as a compliment to a complete stranger or leaving a co-worker a kind note. It will make both of your days a little better. 8. Indulge in inspiration. If your week is starting off slow, consider allowing yourself the guilty pleasure of indulging in a little inspirational content. Something as simple as an inspirational quote or a lengthier article from UpWorthy or video talk from TED Talk can give you the boost you need to get over the Monday blues. Here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead…

-George Alwon

Less Talking, More Listening!

July 1st, 2015




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We’ve all been there. Do you have a friend or colleague who often talks over you, interrupts, or one ups your stories? Glances away or fails to make the right follow up comments to show interest? Effective listening makes one feel appreciated, respected and worthy. Poor listening does just the opposite.

It’s funny that we tend to pay a great deal of attention to our ability to speak. From Toastmasters to unlimited courses and workshops, we see that speaking, especially public speaking, is a highly desirable, sought-after skill.

Public speaking is considered to be an essential ability for those who aim to advance their career in business and politics. But compared to all this attention placed on speaking, listening is virtually ignored. It can be argued that listening is every bit as important as speaking. Everyone wants to be heard and understood, and really that’s how trust and loyalty are gained.

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

– Ralph G. Nichols

From Forbes, come these tips below on being the best listener you can:


1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.

2. Be attentive, but relaxed.

3. Keep an open mind.

4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.

5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.”

6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.

7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.

8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.

9. Give the speaker regular feedback.

10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.

DISC Certification Available 

September 7th, 2014

Contact George Alwon at for additional info.

How you will benefit from this program:

  • Improve your ability to grow in your position and within your company
  • Understand styles that allow you to avoid the pitfalls of misconceptions, miscommunication and misunderstandings
  • Streamline the recruitment and hiring process
  • Understand and facilitate the growth of your executive and management teams better
  • Increase your Emotional Intelligence
  • Create more positive relationships with vendors
  • Serve customers better
  • Adapt your style of communication and management to maximize work relationships
  • Resolve team and individual conflicts more effectively

New SBI Issue 

September 7th, 2014

There are many perspectives of what 2012 holds for the Triangle. The prevailing view seems to see some economic growth and improvement in employment. This issue of Small Business Insight of the Triangle contains profiles on the focus, talent and entrepreneurial spirit that define our successful local businesses.

Click to read the NEWEST issue of Small Business Insight of the Triangle.

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New SBI Issue 

September 7th, 2014

The second issue of Small Business Insight is available now, featuring key business owners in the Triangle and five great area restaurants that are perfect for your next business lunch.

For updates on SBI of the Triangle visit and click on LIKE.

RCG Collaborates with Growing Leaders Seminar for Teens 

September 7th, 2014

As part of RCG’s commitment to community service, George Alwon, Donna Hall and Sarah Van will be facilitators at a two-day program on August 4th and 5th entitled Growing Leaders Seminar, intended for teens ages 13-18.

This dynamic, highly participative seminar will focus on skills development in communication, leadership and team building. It will be held at the Lake Johnson Community Center and will include team activities like boating and drumming. We encourage you to consider this program if you have teens aged 13-18 and would appreciate it if you would forward this information to others who might be interested.

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Magazine Launch 

September 7th, 2014

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We’re excited to announce the premier issue of SBI of the TriangleSmall Business Insight of the Triangle is a new bi-monthly online magazine based on the key concept of being for business owners, written by business owners. Building on the success of Small Business Insight of Hampton Roads, Raleigh Consulting Group is pleased to work with Bill Davis of Team Nimbus NC, to help bring this venture to the Triangle.

The magazine will serve as a forum for heightened learning and communication as we capture the voice of small business through featured articles and company profiles. Our first issue highlights 14 Triangle area businesses honored in Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies in America. We hope you’ll take some time to check out the first issue of SBI of the Triangle, and tell us what you think!

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We’re Now On Facebook 

September 7th, 2014

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Matching Learning to a Multi-Generation Workforce

September 7th, 2014

Free webinar- Nov. 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST

11 a.m. Central Standard Time (Chicago), 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (Denver) and 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (San Diego)
RCG’s George Alwon will be a Guest Speaker in this free webinar offered through Vital Learning. The current workforce contains the widest span of generations all working together to meet today’s challenges. It is now more important than ever to match training resources and practices to meet the learning needs of all members of the workforce.

The ‘wired’ Millennials generation is pushing the landscape of learning in a variety of ways. This 60-minute Webinar will examine the Learning 2.0 paradigm shift and discuss what organizations can do now to integrate it with current training strategies. Social media is growing … learn how to use it to build a thriving, leading-edge learning community in your organization!


Women Empowered and Enlightened: Building Powerful Women

September 7th, 2014

November 12 – 14, 2010
This 2-day bi-annual event hosted by Business and Professional Women’s Club of Raleigh (BPW) is an amazing opportunity for you to meet and mingle with women from Wake County and across the state! The event, at which RCG’s Donna Hall will be speaking, promises to help you build skill-sets and make connections.

Women Empowered and Enlightened: Building Powerful Women Social Event and Networking Friday
November 12, 6pm – 11pm

Educational Sessions- Saturday
November 13, 8am – 4pm

Ending the Weekend with a Bang
Sunday, November 14 3pm

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