December 2010

Build a Team

by siamak farah on December 18, 2010

A Company is a Team.
If you don’t have a team, one that employees feel a part of, I got news for you: You don’t have a business, you just have a burden on your shoulders. The company will only run on your stamina, and the moment you run out of steam, well, so does your company. The team is so critical to the success of any business, that I am dedicating this entire Post to it.

Clarity is Priceless!

You run the business, you have the vision, and you know what it is that you need at every step of the venture, yet there are times that the task at hand is fuzzy. If the picture is not clear to you, it certainly won’t make sense for your team members who are looking to you for leadership. Be ultra clear on what you expect. A well-defined complicated task will be better executed than an unclear, simple task.

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If a genie appeared before you granting you 5 IT wishes to improve your small business in 2011, what would you ask for?

Let’s start by clarifying what we refer to as a Small Business. The SBA classifies small business at 500 employees or less, yet the fastest growing segment are businesses (called micro-business) with less than 20 employees (per SBA and Kauffman Foundation). From an IT perspective, micro-businesses have fewer IT resources yet can move more quickly in implementing new technologies. So, in this season of wishful thinking (followed by the ubiquitous New Year resolutions), let’s look at the top 5 gifts that the cloud can bring the typical micro-business owner.

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