I was asked once to describe all the feelings that came to my mind when I heard the words “office politics.” My answer? Drained, depressed, unappreciated, irritated and hateful, any of which can be the downfall of a business. A close friend with years of experience working in the corporate world described it best: the toxicity of […]
Finding your entire team in the same office is a rare occurrence these days. Even small teams may be dispersed across town, working out of their homes or across the world in different time zones. Modern communication tools, including WebEx, Skype and video conferencing are a good start, but virtual teams remain a productivity nightmare […]
Whether you’re a new employee or an established leader, these three behaviors undermine teamwork and end up hurting you. Great teams build great companies. Every company’s best asset is its people — but those companies can only achieve true greatness once those people stop being a collection of talented individuals and start working as a […]
Your attitude determines the atmosphere of your workspace. Every business has its unique culture: the culture defines the core values of the company and creates a set of unofficial guidelines for employees to follow. It also helps determine which discretionary behavior is acceptable, as those who comply with these guidelines will feel more comfortable in the […]
A big part of being a successful founder means knowing when to back down and knowing when to step up. As an entrepreneur, your ultimate goal is to take a business from zero to hero. For most of us, this doesn’t happen overnight. Typically, there will be trial and error as you wade through what […]
Degrees and grades are rarely a good indication of an employee’s future success on the job. The success of any company or organization depends almost entirely on its most important resource: its workforce. It is the people who make up an organization who ultimately decide which revenue streams to pursue, how to deal with rising costs, […]
Instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup. Yet I see this approach used all too often by new entrepreneurs, most of whom are not natural tyrants, but who are fighting to mask their own internal fears and insecurities about starting a business. […]
How a productivity tool totally changed the way we communicate. My company, a commercial real estate brokerage with 15 people, uses Slack and we have found it to be an integral part of not only our community culture, but also our day-to-day functioning and productivity. At TheSquareFoot, we opted for an open floor plan. We […]
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From one CEO to another: how to get the most out of your board meetings.
Do You Know How To Make Your Teams Innovate? Most organizations realize that in today’s competitive world simply plodding on and delivering more of the same will only get you so far. If you keep on producing the same products and services, year after year with minimal development, sooner rather than later, a new disruptive […]