Whether you work with people in the same city or around the world, chances are that you are part of – or manage – virtual teams. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and employees all will have instances where they work with people who are not physically in an office or building with them.
Virtual teams can be highly productive and effective if managed correctly. In this post for the TDS business blog, I share some tips from my experience and interview my client, Michael Sanders, of Legacy Solutions to get another perspective.
I think you will find the information in How to manage effective virtual teams timely and useful.
I was so excited to have my first guest post on my good friend and client Phil Gerbyshak‘s blog yesterday. If you don’t know Phil, you should go connect with him now. He has the inside track on connecting with your customers deeply and leveraging social media to build strong connections.
My blog post was about business goal setting. Yes, it’s that time of year. We all need to be thinking about what we want for our business, and how we are going to get there. I wrote about the questions you need to ask yourself to start coming up with goals. And I also shared some tips on how you can set yourself up for success and better achieve your goals. I hope you enjoy Goal Setting for Your Business in the New Year.
PS – There’s a prize inside this post. Don’t forget to sign up for the Best Year Ever! teleclass series in January.
Best Year Ever!
How to SET and ACHIEVE the Goals You Really Want in the New Year
Ready to make some BIG changes? Not sure where to start? We did this series in 2011 and got a lot of great feedback – so we decided to bring it back again this year.
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Thanks Catherine! The teleclass was both enlightening and interesting last night – I’ve never really experienced / been exposed to goal setting like that before. ~ W.T. Chicago, IL
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Every now and then a client says something to me that I really didn’t expect. A week or two ago a client told me that he was so incredibly happy to be in a co-working space and around people again. That didn’t surprise me. He is a natural extrovert and people person. What did surprise me was this: He said that he had felt guilty about not enjoying working at home alone in his PJs and “Living the Dream.”
I asked him if we could discuss that a little more. He added that most of the people he knew were part of the lifestyle business community and that he had achieved the goal of serving clients and being able to work wherever he wanted, but that he kind of hated it.
Being alone at home must have been pretty depressing for him. Now of course he got out to networking events and went on client calls and had phone calls, etc. – but the bulk of his time was spent doing his work alone wherever.
What a difference a change of location made! When we had our weekly call he was very happily settled into his new office. He was gushing about how productive he was, and that made me very happy. Continue reading
There are only a few spots left! I realized that I forgot to share my MOST POPULAR – and unlisted – service here on my own blog. Doh!
Have you ever wondered why some small business owners are so effective and productive? Chances are they have the guidance and support they need to stay focused and on track. I call this the “Secret Sauce.”
What if you had someone to meet with every week to keep you concentrating on your high-impact activities (instead of shiny objects)? And what if that person could also help vet your business strategies, branding, and business development activities?
If you are raising your hand saying, “I NEED that!” I have good news for you. I can absolutely help you. Continue reading
We all suffer from the occasional crisis of confidence. Even when we are trying to do something we have done many times successfully, we may occasionally freeze up. And when we get nervous, we may not be able to see the thing that is right in front of us.
Being an entrepreneur is hard. Nobody said it was going to be all sunshine and puppy dogs – or at least I certainly didn’t. However, I have a new trick that is making things a whole lot easier and I shared it on Carol Roth’s blog. Please enjoy Magic Wand for Entrepreneurs.
In the beginning I was “mystery blogger” and then later “guest blogger” but now it’s official and I have my own profile on the TDS corporate blog. TDS is the seventh largest telecom company in the United States.
I got to know TDS when they invited me to a guest blogger event in Madison. We spent the day presenting on and talking about changes in the world of work and the rise of the digital workplace. Anybody who knows me, knows that I am very interested in working virtually, and while I deliberately built a virtual business, I also frequently worked virtually when I was an employee.
I am intimately acquainted with the joys and challenges. Continue reading
My latest post on CarolRoth.com | Business Unplugged™ really struck a nerve. Lots of great comments on this one! Probably the most I have had on a post.
I am not generally one to rant online but in this case I just couldn’t keep it to myself.
This issue applies to both my entrepreneur and job search clients. Like you, I am finding it harder and harder to see mistakes myself (as there are so many around us all day long), but that is no reason not to be diligent and try not to make them.
So I present to you: Didn’t Get the Gig? Maybe It’s ‘Cause Ur Illiterate. Enjoy.
Very excited to see my first newspaper quotes! Special shout-out and thank you to my friend Michelle Damico for including me.
Michelle interviewed several small business owners on the value of customer relationships. The article “Do you have a treasure trove of customer relationships?“ was published today in the Daily Herald Business Ledger.
This post is for all of you who are not doing things that you know you should be doing for your business because of something that happened in the past. Babies learning to walk and entrepreneurs growing businesses have a lot in common. They try to stand up but they fall down – a lot. Especially in the beginning. And often there are bruised knees (and bruised egos) involved.
It occurred to me recently that sometimes you can forget that the result you got in the past might not be the result you would get if you tried the same strategy now. Let me share a personal, and rather humiliating, example.
When I was in my business for a few months, I thought that it would be a good time to launch a product. I read a lot about launches, creating compelling products, and also watched several webinars. I learned as much as I could. Then I decided that I shouldn’t do it alone, and that it would be more fun to have a partner. (Two heads are better than one, right?) So I found another coach who was very interested in developing the product with me. So far so good. Continue reading