Work

When you ask people if they like what they do for work, most people (70% by some polls) – dislike their jobs. And a large portion actively hate their job! Common complaints include not feeling appreciated, or not having enough time to complete the work they are given. Many people cite that they wish they had more flexibility in where or when they work. As American workplaces are evolving, an emphasis on enjoyment of work is starting to take shape. More companies are realizing that in order to have the “best place to work” they have to provide more than just an … Continue reading “Work”

Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity

Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize … Continue reading “Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity”

How to Create a Successful Virtual Team

A virtual work environment can be of great value to both workers and companies. Awareness of possible pitfalls and playing to the strengths of this organizational model are how to come out a winner. To be successful, you will need stronger processes, better communication, a greater focus on creating space informal socializing, and populating the team with members that have great character and extraordinarily strong self-organization and personal self-management.

Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader

A lot of content has been written about various skillsets good leaders possess. The Internet is chocked full of opinions from just about everyone. Millions of dollars have been made from the sales of hundreds of thousands of books on this topic. Briefly, a few online opinions I stumbled upon include: be fearless and inspirational, use vision and values, create the right culture, listen, remain visible, be authentic and transparent, learn from failure, etc. In preparation for this blog, I knew I did not want to follow the pack and add to the litany of titles, such as 9 Characteristics … Continue reading “Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader”

Looking For Funding For Your Fledgling Business? Check Out New SEC Crowdfunding Options.

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent Venture Beat article, “U.S. SEC approves new crowdfunding rules,” and the Entrepreneur article, “The SEC’s new 685-page crowdfunding rules: What you need to know.” The first article in Venture Beat begins, “U.S. securities regulators approved new crowdfunding rules on Friday, allowing start-up companies to raise money from mom-and-pop investors over the internet. Private companies were previously allowed to solicit only accredited investors – those with a net worth of at least $1 million, … Continue reading “Looking For Funding For Your Fledgling Business? Check Out New SEC Crowdfunding Options.”