I Am My Own Boss

It’s National Boss’s Day. When I heard that, I immediately thought, “How funny. I am my own boss.” I have every C title in my company: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Fun Officer, Chief Appreciation Officer – the list goes on and on. How lucky am I? I mean, really, how lucky am I? I tell people all the time that I wouldn’t trade the last two and a half years for anything. I’ve learned more about myself, about people, and business than I ever thought I would. I’ve made dozens of new friends, each of them has taught me something wondrous and new. Everyone I meet changes my perspective on emotional intelligence, professional speaking, and the world. I look at this way – every day it’s like I get to try on a new pair of glasses. I get to see the world through different lenses. It’s never the same from day to day. Likewise, the world gets to see me, new and fresh, and how I look wearing my new glasses. […]

7 Must-Have Tools for Managing Remote Teams

There are a lot of advantages to hiring a remote team — cost savings, happier employees, and increased productivity, to name a few. But there are unique difficulties, too. Working together is different when you’re not all in the same room, and communication, collaboration, and accountability are a common challenge for remote teams. Luckily, as remote work has surged in popularity, so have apps and tools to help manage remote teams. If your business is getting started with remote employees, these are the apps to add to your toolkit. 1. Time-tracking toolsOverall, remote workers are more productive and call off less often than in-office employees. However, that doesn’t mean remote teams are immune to slacking. When employees are out of sight, it’s harder to know who is pulling their weight and who isn’t, but time-tracking tools like Toggl and TimeDoctor solve this problem by tracking hours worked and analyzing productivity. 2. Password managersWhen employees work from anywhere, so do their devices. While convenient, this puts your business’s data security at risk. Password-management tools like LastPass and Dashlane are a must […]