Posts Tagged ‘team’

Strategy and Focus in Small Teams: the New Black

Mike | March 9th, 2015

Critical to any successful business is the ability to create and execute upon strategic planning. Large organizations manage this process by distributing elements of high-level strategy across multiple units, silos, or departments, each with the responsibility to effect their own sliver of the overall plan. This can often lead to bureaucratic inefficiencies, watered-down approaches, and ineffective execution. Small […]

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Small Business and Startups: What Type of Boss Are You?

Mike | February 9th, 2015

I like to think of myself as a benevolent boss – guiding the team with a wise and gentle hand. Except on those occasions when I am not. Day-to-day I don’t think a great deal about the bossing-style I practice, but when I do take time to reflect, I realize that I have some very serious shortcomings […]

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Lean Business: Unleashing the (task) Force

Mike | January 26th, 2015

When I think about the word “taskforce,” what comes to mind is a small group of people charged with accomplishing a specific duty or chore. However, it’s when I looked more closely at the word, in its component parts, that an insight began to take form. A task is an activity that is to be accomplished within a defined […]

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Small Businesses and Startups – 3 New Years Reflections and Resolutions

Mike | January 5th, 2015

Alright then. Hangover from New Years eve is gone these past few days. The last long weekend of the holidays is done. And now, once again, we turn our gaze lovingly back to our business, our customers, and our team. As managers, we are so focused on the moment at hand, the task that needs accomplishing, the […]

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10 things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Coach

Mike | November 11th, 2013

I am not the biggest of sports fans, but I do love watching a great team from just about any sport working together as a unit. The beauty of an powerful individual performance, wrapped in the cohesion of great team work is a thing of wonder and a treasure to behold. The grace, power, and […]

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Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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Lean Business: Office Space – A Meditation

Mike | March 18th, 2013

Our lease is up at the end of the year and Ross and I have been discussing our options. We love our office: it has all of the features we need, plus a great location, fantastic light, a dramatic view of the downtown skyline, and plenty of space. Problem is, truth be told, it probably […]

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How To Build A Strong Startup Team

Ross | April 19th, 2011

Many entrepreneurs have heard that 90% of startups fail within two years. Looking at the number of startups launched every month and the many that hit the deadpool, that’s not a shocking number. There’s research suggesting that the failure rates are actually smaller. However, this is a disctinction without a meaningful difference for companies that […]

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Tips for writing with teams: 5 great collaboration tools (not to mention the Declaration of Independence)

Mike | July 6th, 2010

In high school we are taught that “writing means revising.” When working with teams, it is critical that the revision process be as simple and streamlined as possible. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the process: “In a true collaborative environment, each contributor has an almost equal ability to add, edit, and remove text. The writing […]

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Appreciations

Mike | November 24th, 2008

We’ve had several milestones recently on the crowdSPRING team. In the past few weeks, both Pete and Chad have celebrated their one-year anniversaries with us, and now (sniff) Angeline has decided to move on to greener pastures. Pete Burgeson was (and always will be) employee number 1 at cS. He was our first real hire, […]

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