As an entrepreneur, you pour your heart and soul into your business and do everything you can to help it grow. Building your product, team, and customer base takes all your focus, and it can be difficult to know what to prioritize. But whether you’re a brand new startup or an established business, continuing to build your brand is always of vital importance.
At amoCRM, we rely on marketing efforts to cut through the fierce competition within the Bay Area. Finding the right marketing...
Building a remote office culture is not an exact science. Much of it relies on your remote employees interacting with each other, communicating, and collaborating of their own accord; it's not something you can force. That's not to say there's nothing you can do, however: there are a few techniques that can give your team the best possible remote work culture to bring out their personality and make remote work both enjoyable and productive.
At Process Street, we run a completely remote...
On our first day at a new job, we observe everything that is happening in the office and start to understand what is okay and what it is not allowed. We start building a mental map of what things are like in the office so that we can adapt faster. We notice if the receptionist is smiling or appears cranky, we look inside the meeting rooms and see if people are engaged and speaking or if they have their heads down, we look at people working at their desks and observe whether they have their...
Without creative thought, your team can become stagnant — and a company that isn't growing is dying. Over time, even the best people can lose their enthusiasm for finding new approaches. The status quo can feel like quicksand that pulls everyone in and holds them in stasis. With effort and planning, however, you can shape an environment that encourages your team to think outside the box, bringing fresh ideas, growth, and enthusiasm.
Make Brainstorming an Agenda Item
Experiment to see w...
When it comes to project management, productivity tools can be a lifesaver for your sanity and your bottom line. Platforms like Zapier allow you to automate a wide range of tasks by connecting one application to another and indicating what operation must be accomplished. These automations are called "zaps," and are composed of a trigger and a corresponding action. In this article, we'll look at a few zaps that agencies or consultants can use to save time when managing client projects.
Our friends over at TechnologyAdvice spend a lot of time gathering the best tech advice for you to improve your work performance. This guest post from one of their writers, Christopher Herbert, tells you the three things you need to take your projects down the road to success.
A project’s success or failure is judged by its adherence to the guidelines established when it began.
This is both typical and reasonable, but only if those guidelines are well constructed and attainable.
In the previous post, I touched upon useful skills a CEO may want to adopt from a project manager. So here are 3 more to bring you a fresh look at the CEO’s routine:
#5 - Flexibility is necessary
Quite often, there’s a need for the CEO to quickly adjust strategic priorities, reacting to competitors moves or changing market conditions, not to mention the daily adjustments of the personal meeting schedule.
So here’s another opportunity to turn to th...
The typical CEO has to maintain a fairly high level of focus on the organization as a whole. However, spending all the time with a big picture may easily move you away from the current customers’ needs and important problems your team is facing.
Of course, no CEO can possibly be aware of all the operational details at the same level as her employees. Nevertheless, it is important to stay connected with the workers and to stay up-to-date on the real state of things. I’d take a liberty...
Ideally we glide through our projects with happy customers and arrive at deployment ready to shake hands and say goodbye…all on good terms. Reality, though, is often something altogether different.
I'd like to say I never experience customer frustrations on any of my projects, but the truth is I've experienced some degree of customer frustration on nearly every project at some point during the process. It may be a big issue or it may be something miniscule...
Smaller organizations and startups are great to work in and consult for as they exude enthusiasm and a do-whatever-it-takes attitude. It's especially appealing to an independent IT consultant like me who is basically a small/startup type organization as well…doing whatever it takes to succeed, market myself, get by... etc. The fit is good.
One thing I've noticed about smaller organizations, though, is that beneath that layer of enthusiasm lies a company in need. ...