Now that you’ve read Line Management 101 and have the basics down, how can you up your game? In other words, how can you manage your team like a (really good) boss?
If you think back to your pre-boss time, one of the most irksome things about managers was their seemingly-random availability. Now that you’re a manager yourself, you understand that your direct reports don’t see everything you see. They might not understand why you’re available one week and not the next. In the absence of information, people make up their own explanations — and they’re often not good ones.
My three co-workers sat around the conference table while the legal forms were handed out, shuffled to each developer like oversize playing cards. The technical conversation continued for a while, going into details about the contract project’s timing and scope. At some point, the client’s representative — it was a big software company — looked down at the unsigned paperwork, and said, “You need to sign the nondisclosure agreement and work-for-hire form before we can continue.”
They were, of course, completely right. The paperwork was duly signed, the contract begun and successfully completed.
Cloud-based tracking software, such as email trackers or browser recorders, are common in today’s business environment. That doesn’t mean your employees are particularly thrilled with the idea. Running a successful business hinges, at least in part, on the happiness of your employees. So before you rev up that tracking software, here are a couple of way to make your employees as comfortable as possible.
Don’t Be Sneaky
You may think that the best way to catch dishonest employees is by keeping your tracking software a secret. Bad idea. Chances are, no matter how sneaky you are, they’ll catch on to the fact you’re using some kind of tracker. Once that happens, you’ll lose credibility with your staff and they will feel like you’re spying on them or worse, that you don’t trust them.
Work from home, remote work, telecommuting — whatever you call it, it’s what lots of workers want. But what happens when it’s broken? What do you do when one of your team is working from home, but it isn’t working out?
If your accounting department is still seen as a back-office expense, one you pay for because well, you have to, then you’ve missed out on one of the biggest business shifts in recent years: accounting’s rise as a true strategic partner.
The finance and accounting function is shifting from the back room to the boardroom. A lot of this motion has been fueled by the ongoing development of online reporting tools which offer true real-time reporting visibility that enables sound strategic decision-making.
Mike was one of my best employees. His projects were on time and well tested before going to QA. He worked well with other teams, and with our team members. He took direction well, and sought out guidance on his career. He was communicative, and years after I left the company where we worked together, he continued to advance his career and moved in the direction he had wanted to go, into management.
I hired Dominic twice. The first time it was a recommendation, the second I dragged him across 2 states to get him to work for me. Dominic was always dedicated, constantly working to improve his skills and knowledge. He would ask for help when he needed it, and pushed me to be a better leader by always challenging me.
Every company needs to be smart when setting their priorities. Startups need to be ruthless.
Tick. Tock. That’s the clock counting down to the moment when your startup runs out of money. Whether your goal is profitability or hitting some proof point in order to raise the next round of fundraising, make no doubt about it, each moment is precious. Every feature you build, every a/b test you start, every customer acquisition strategy you implement, and every single question you ask your users is important. You are making a choice at the expense of something else you could be doing. It’s a zero-sum game.
Adding a new online solution to the lineup your company already uses can be a challenge. After all, how do you know they’ll all work together? It used to take a time-consuming combination of research and trial and error to answer that question. That is, until Siftery came along.
Siftery is a unique beast. One-third web crawler, one-third data warehouse and one-third a set of useful tools, Siftery is really the only spot where you can easily discover which online solutions play well together. Here’s how:
Signing up with Siftery is free. Once you do so, you’ll be prompted to add the solutions you already use, your “stack,” to your company profile. Once you’ve done so, you can view the list via your profile:
Setting up meetings can be tedious and time-consuming. How many email threads have you endured with a dozen messages asking, “How about Tuesday at 3? No? Monday at 4?” Surely, you think, there’s a better way. And with the help of these three guidelines, there is.
Big or small, simple or complicated, no business or business owner gets excited at the thought of being audited. One way to lower the pain of a company audit is to prepare ahead of time and the key to doing so is to have the right accounting and tax software in place.