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Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Consider this now familiar view from the field:<p><i>“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Zagreb, Croatia; Delhi,</i> …

To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion

“Oh no, here comes another one of <i>those</i> conversations,” you say to yourself.<p>You know what I’m talking about — we all have to face them from time to time, and they can be the bane of a leader’s existence. Imagine that you’re leading a project and one member of your group has been aggressive and …

The Most Effective Ways to Make It Right When You Screw Up

After promising your boss you would complete an important assignment on time, you realize you’re behind and it’s going to be late. You unintentionally leave a colleague out of the loop on a joint project, causing him or her to feel frustrated and a bit betrayed. On the subway, you aren’t paying …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

Reinvent Your Company Through Culture

In both C suites and boardrooms, discussions about business performance usually center on topics like market momentum, M&A opportunities, capital management, and productivity enhancements. While these factors are important, in my experience they are best leveraged when employees are engaged, …

How to Reach Customers in Emerging Markets

Selling Products: 10 Tips to Get Your Product Onto Store Shelves

Congratulations: You’ve spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears developing what you think is an incredible new product. Perhaps you’ve even built an …

How to Get Business Results: Be Strategic, Get Focused, Show Grit

People regularly tell me they want business results fast, like in 30 days, to grow new customers, get more referrals, have more LinkedIn or Twitter …

Top 5 Unavoidable Startup Expenses for a Businesss

Initiating a business is exciting, fun even. But startup dreamers shouldn’t forget the business of starting a business. Sure, it’s enjoyable to pick …

3 Reasons That Make a Strategic Business Plan Essential

Do you need a strategic business plan to begin a new venture? The answer depends on how you define a business plan. Every business must have a plan …

Make a Contract: 3 Contract Agreements Small Businesses Should Have

It might be tempting to seal a deal with a handshake. After all, formalities just slow things down and, as a small business owner, you’ve got …

4 Essential Role Players You Want On Your Business Team

Do you have a mentor, accountability partner, confidant and evangelist on your business team?<p>“Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live …

How to Own the Room in Any Presentation

Have you ever “owned a room?” I don’t mean in terms of actual real estate, but rather in terms of mental real estate?<p>If you have, you’ll never forget …

Stay In Compliance: Avoiding Business Compliance Pitfalls

For a small business, the number of filings required in a given year can be overwhelming. Let’s take California as an example. A newly formed …

Working After Retirement: Should Grandpa Buy A Franchise?

It’s a fair question. It’s one that he’s asking himself. So let’s find out why.<p>It’s a Different World<p>Grandpa (and/or grandma) may not be having the …

Corporate Cartoon: An Innovative Way Out Of This Mess

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” right? I think, however, a good case could also be made for panic being the father in that equation.<p>Being a …

Using Customer Experience to Drive Future Improvements

Enjoy this panel discussion on the topic of customer experience from the Social Biz Atlanta Conference. The participants are Ashish Bisaria, Senior …

Small Business News You Don't Want to Miss - Small Business Trends

Top small business news stories this week looked at what to do when you get suspended on Twitter, and policy changes. We also brought you information …

10 Tips for Making Your Startup A Success

The entrepreneur community has been buzzing with the story of Yahoo acquiring Tumblr.<p>The Internet giant purchased the site founder David Karp …

Getting Things Done When You Have Too Much To Do - Small Business Trends

Productivity consultant David Allen – of “Getting Things Done” fame – says to be more productive and creative, you need to clear out your head.<p>Allen, …

How to Build Confidence and Be More Successful

Confidence in yourself, others and in your business is vital to your success. If you are thinking of starting a business or you already own a …

10 Small Ways to Combat Big Employee Conflicts

It doesn’t matter how robust the company wellness program is or how relaxing the nap room feels – when two or more employees are stuck in a negative …

Are You Being Too Nice for Your Own Good?

I was looking back at the topics I’ve covered here on Small Business Trends recently and had to laugh. Based on what I’ve written about management …

StraightTalk: Are Prepaid Cell Phone Plans Good For Small Business? - Small Business Trends

Cell phones have practically become part of our anatomies. We show off our newest cell phone like it was a new baby. We carry them everywhere. We …

What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?

Advertisement<p>What is RSS?<p>RSS has been plagued by geeky terminology in the past. We’re going to explain it here in business terms — and why it’s still …

10 Barcode Generators for Managing Inventory - And for Marketing

Keeping track of your products and assets manually is a chore. Why not barcode them? The technology to create them is accessible via the Web and …

10 Effective eLearning Options for Entrepreneurs

The constant evolution of entrepreneurship is one of the attributes that makes the career path so exciting: A fluid and flexible job description, …

Time is Money: Are You and Your Employees Effectively Managing Time?

As a small business owner, you already keep close track of your company’s resources, including capital, employees and facilities. But what about …