11 Better Ways to Manage Teams Without Tedious Meetings

As a firm evangelist of the values of asynchronous communications, I’m strongly opinionated when it comes to meetings. Meetings are not all evil. I’ve covered some workarounds for meetings (when necessary) and several reasons to set up a meeting. But beyond that, meeting creep is so prevalent—especially in the context of remote/hybrid environments—that productivity and work satisfaction are almost non-existent right now.  According to a study led by Microsoft, virtual meeting hours increased by 252 percent. As a result, today’s experts (including me), are full of suggestions for improving meetings or simply how to avoid them. I have two businesses… Continue Reading

7 Ways to Teach Your Staff ROI: The Pivot to Billable Activities

Building a successful organization requires a comprehensive business strategy across each of your departments. It is also closely related to your business model, the industry you belong to, the status of your finances, the available opportunities, and—of course—your team. While your senior management team may be aligned with the company goals and vision, you want to build a culture of self-managed rockstars. Otherwise, you'll fall into the trap of micromanagement. My guiding light is ROI.  Often, your resources are only limited. You do not have all the time to spend and disperse across hundreds of initiatives. There is always a… Continue Reading

22 Self-Improvement Areas for Effective Leadership

As a manager, you need to be an exemplary leader in order to help your organization grow. There are lots of leadership traits that define great managers. Most of them are hard to observe and investigate unless you know what you are looking for. In this piece, I will uncover some of the most important traits that we look for when hiring intrapreneurs and top talent internally, as well as the main areas to work on with individuals and managers for professional self-improvement across different organizations. 1. Defining Success In order to be successful, you first need to figure out… Continue Reading

How to Align Your Business Strategy Based on Client Feedback

Client feedback is one of your most important weapons to design a bullet-proof business strategy that scales.  The feedback that your clients give you is extremely powerful because you are getting paid for it, meaning that they are willing to invest in you and your services or solutions make sense.  You just need to reverse engineer what they need and how they need it, and figure out every aspect of it, write it down properly, and sell it to other customers. However, it is not necessarily a trivial process, which is why we are going to break it down into… Continue Reading

8 Reasons Why Setting Up a Meeting Is a Must

Most business meetings "should" have been an email.  If the company is large and has more stakeholders, then the slower and heavier the processes become. This eventually leads to more meetings with less work being done.  However, not all meetings are bad. And it is really important to know, as discussed in my previous post and video, that planning the meeting, writing and laying down the agenda, and strategizing can help facilitate a meeting and turn it into an effective venture. What we have discovered is that some meetings can become profitable by just thinking through the right strategies, brainstorming… Continue Reading

How to Incorporate Technology to Solve Business Problems

A couple of years ago, I gathered the 33 top business challenges across all industries. They fall within several main segments: StrategyMarketingRecruitmentManagementSalesTechnologyLegal While tech is self-explanatory (and notably solved with technology itself), software and hardware solutions can contribute to easier organization in the long run. Here’s how the global market and the U.S market look in relation to the tech industry. Source: https://www.comptia.org/content/research/it-industry-trends-analysis Based on CompTIA's IT Industry Outlook 2021, fifty percent (50%) of tech growth worldwide is fueled by emerging technologies such as IoT software and hardware, SaaS+PaaS, AR/VR, robotics, AI, big data, and next-gen security. Accordingly, the factors… Continue Reading

32 Techniques for Stress Management

Excessive levels of stress—and the inability to deal with it—have been leading to major outbursts both personally and professionally, impacting the global economy. The Mental Health Foundation in the UK reports that 74% of people have felt so stressed out that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope at all.  The American Psychological Association estimates that the $300 billion in losses every single year across the American economy can be attributed to stress factors. Stress management techniques have been explored in different depths, but access to information is limited—or at least, distributed sparingly. Schools and universities rarely focus on… Continue Reading

How to Assemble a High-Performing Team

Having spent my last 11 years growing an agency, one of the factors we squeeze and optimize most frequently is performance. Agencies are a weird beast that gets scrutinized all the time. Why? Enterprises are large and monolith enough to employ an endless set of processes going through multiple layers across a number of departments across the organization, taking forever to executeProduct businesses don't face deadlines in the same way an agency does. Roadmaps are more easy-going, distractions are fewer, people work on a single product at a time (continuously)Support/maintenance firms get interrupted frequently, but established processes in place ensure… Continue Reading

11 Strategies to Improve Your Creative Thinking Skills

In today’s world where artificial intelligence is penetrating most industries and robots are replacing human-driven jobs, creativity is one of the most sought-after skills. It’s more crucial than ever that humankind employs more creative skills to leverage their dominance over the machines. And yes, I know it sounds like a cliche, but as a matter of fact, the only way to stay competitive is by following business processes with some creativity in mind. According to a survey pulled by hundreds of thousands of job postings on LinkedIn, the number one soft skill that companies want to see in potential hires… Continue Reading

Is Your Business Safe? (15 Operational Questions)

The last recession has put almost all businesses to the test. Some were hit really hard especially the hospitality and travel industries, along with brick and mortars. A few made some decent profit like pharmacy and  home delivery services. But everyone else was partially hit or still struggles to make a living in these uncertain times. I launched my agency during the great financial recession. While sales were terrible back then, starting from the ground was scalable and I wasn’t renting an expensive space and paying dozens of people while business was down. One of the most operational lessons I… Continue Reading