Archive for the ‘Organizational Behavior’ Category

Re-working Work for Virtual Teams

Icon Written by Alora on December 9, 2010 – 12:53 pm

Because information-based work is almost never done in a vacuum, most of us work in teams. And a large percentage of those teams can go weeks — if ever — without seeing each other face-to-face.

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Work vs. Life Needs

Icon Written by Alora on December 7, 2010 – 11:41 am

Startups tend to attract workaholics. But what about your team members who aren’t workaholics? Are you being reasonable with your expectations? And do you have a morale problem on your hands because some of your team works 60+ hours a week and others don’t?

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Experience vs. Talent

Icon Written by Alora on November 26, 2010 – 11:41 am

How do you know when to hire for experience versus when to hire for raw talent? This is a difficult question for entrepreneurs trying to build a new startup. Experience holds a lot of appeal, but it comes with a high cost — sometimes too high for a bootstrapping startup. Can raw, young talent really compare?

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ROI on Meetings

Icon Written by Alora on November 18, 2010 – 12:53 pm

But, as an entrepreneur, everything that I do in my business should be tied back to tangible, measureable results. So while a sales meeting, a vendor meeting or a team member feedback session could be extremely important, an entrepreneuer should always stop and do a time management inventory to make absolutely certain that the purpose of the meeting is clear, and that it can be served based on the list of confirmed attendees.

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The Entrepreneurial Marathon

Icon Written by Alora on November 17, 2010 – 11:40 am

One of the things that many entrepreneurs enjoy about their own business is freedom from the constraints of life in a large enterprise environment. The downside, of course, is that the way large enterprise environments lure in eager, talented employees year after year, is because they make sure to offer incentives that hold more than a little bit of appeal.

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The Startup Marriage

Icon Written by Alora on November 4, 2010 – 12:53 pm

The geeky geniuses who build cool things are rarely the ones who have the business and people skills to get it to market, build an organization around it, and monetize it enough so that everyone can live off of it.

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5 Steps in Finding the Right Team for Your Startup

Icon Written by Alora on October 26, 2010 – 11:40 am

I was recently talking to a single friend about his misadventures in dating. He was telling me about different approaches he’d take, the types of questions he’d ask and then — inevitably — the crazy type of mismatches he’d find himself with. I couldn’t help but think about this conversation as I read Tim Berry’s great blog post called, “5 Ways to Build a Team that Builds Itself.”

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The Science of Incentivization in the World of 21st Century Work

Icon Written by Alora on February 12, 2010 – 12:39 pm

This is an awesome video, and well worth watching. Very clear outline, and a great example of Information Economy thinking. What is more motivating than traditional ‘incentive’ packages? Autonomy Mastery Purpose The new “operating system” for business.

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 18, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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Where Are You Leading?

Icon Written by Alora on June 30, 2009 – 4:36 pm

I’ve had an interesting few weeks. My husband and I have been dealing with a lot of things at home, hence my absence from blogging for much of the past month, and I have started a new project with the New Media (a.k.a. “web”) team at KXAN-TV here in Austin. Between getting settled into the […]

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