• Remote Team Management Online

    5 Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

      Out-of-sight should not equate to out-of-mind when it comes to leading a successful staff. After all, your employees represent your company – even if they are in a different state or continent. If you want to face a leadership challenge, having the responsibility of managing remote employees will certainly put your skills to the [...]

  • Meeting Agenda on a Notepad

    7 Key Elements for a Successful Kickoff Meeting Agenda

      In last week’s article, we talked about how client project kickoff meetings lay the foundation for the ongoing businesses relationship with clients. This week we will expand on the important elements are of a good kickoff meeting agenda, and why you shouldn’t overlook them. An effective kickoff meeting should be done through an organized [...]

  • Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

    How to Dodge a Lawsuit When Hiring For Your Startup – Part 2

      In last week’s article, I talked about “protected classes” as they relate to conducting job interviews. We reviewed a number of these classes, discussing specific interview questions that are safe while giving you instructions on areas to avoid. Today, we will continue down that path, covering the protected classes we did not review in [...]

  • Kickoff Meeting Success Planning

    5 Tips for a Successful Kickoff Meeting

    The kickoff meeting is where the real work starts. For you, it’s an opportunity to manage expectations of your client and to gather important information for the successful completion of the project. For the client, the meeting gives a better understanding of your team capabilities and the project work that will be done. The kickoff [...]

  • Team Building Ideas

    4 Simple Team Building Ideas for Small Business

    Team productivity often relies on two things, team cohesiveness and employee happiness. And as a manager, you have no choice but to make these a priority. It’s easy to get lost in all the work of reaching deadlines, acquiring new customers, or keeping clients happy while forgetting about the important part of the business, your [...]

  • 10 Hiring Tips for Small Business

    Hiring Tips for Small Business

    You’re hiring. But not everyone is a good fit for working in a small business environment, which is why hiring the right candidate for the position can be difficult and expensive. You will avoid many problems down the road by doing your due diligence up front. Hiring is not simply placing an ad, scheduling an [...]

  • How to Motivate Employees

    5 Simple Ways to Motivate Employees

    Team productivity relies heavily on the manager’s ability to increase motivation in team members, which is why understanding what motivates employees important. And while employees certainly value their compensation packages, money is not the key motivating factor that provides day to day satisfaction and employee engagement. The majority of employee motivation is brought on by [...]

  • Successful conference Call

    How to Master Client Meetings with Speek

      Working with clients successfully involves frequent communication, which basically means a lot of conference calls. There’s nothing more embarrassing and frustrating then when conference calls go wrong for reasons such as: Clients can’t find the PIN number Clients are typing in the PIN number incorrectly 5 times before giving up and calling you You [...]