I remember the first offline meeting Joyce Sullivan and I had. It was a sunny afternoon in 2010 and we met in Madison Square Park. The conversation flowed easily because we had chatted for ages online—it just took longer for us to move that online conversation offline! Joyce, like me, started her professional life in the world of office towers, IT
Entrepreneurs set on grabbing top talent and injecting their company with startup culture often start by creating spaces to have fun with their teams. They want to create a workplace that projects a sense of passion and puts their personality on display. They want to differentiate themselves from the startup down the street and larger companies drawing from the same talent pool, and
Time is your most precious resource as a startup or a small business. Managing time efficiently is key to your success. Luckily, an array of digital tools are available to help you do that and be more productive. “Choosing tools is very personal and should complement the way you like to work,” said Juliana Marulanda, founder of Scale Time, which helps
It has been said that entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, but the most successful entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t do it alone. They benefit from having a strong community around them. Communities offer entrepreneurs and small business owners affirmation that they can succeed, and provide them know-how, advice and role models. Being around others who think bigger, who think
Introverts often get a bad rap, especially in entrepreneurship. Investors, employees and vendors who provide goods and services at a discount to startups are attracted to people who have the gift of gab. Even our work environment has been optimized for extroverts. Open space design, for example, has been heralded for optimizing collaboration and nurturing a strong culture while saving on rent.
It seems workers either love open offices or hate them. If you love them, you gush about the increased energy, collaboration, creativity and transparency that comes from impromptu conversations and lack of silos. If you hate them, you complain about decreased productivity, distractions and lack of privacy. The reality is that real estate prices are escalating, and open offices save money.
When I think of agility, I think of entrepreneurs responding quickly and deftly to marketplace conditions. I think of entrepreneurs bringing new products to market or modifying existing ones. I think about entrepreneurs targeting new markets, expanding geographically and changing pricing or distribution strategies. I didn’t think about the space in which a business is located until I spoke with
We all know that collaboration happens when two or more people get together to generate creative solutions, meet a goal or solve a problem. Companies encourage collaboration because it leads to innovation, produces bigger ideas and often more creative solutions—but do we know how to encourage collaboration? Start with a great workplace that integrates different types of zones for different tasks: quiet, private, fun and
Imagine an ideal workday: everything goes according to plan and time for creative work is ample and uninterrupted. As dreamy as that sounds, it’s often unrealistic. And though you can’t always control the events of your workday, you can set yourself up to increase productivity at the office. Here’s how: Tackle important items in the morning. While checking email may seem like a
I’m a compulsive list-maker and have tried using almost every kind of to-do list you can think of. And as much as I love crossing off a completed item, sometimes a traditional numbered task list isn’t the most effective way to plan your day. In fact, an itemized list doesn’t account for your schedule at all. If you’re struggling to get things
Our personality—where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum—has a profound impact on our leadership ability, our ability to ask “what if,” whether we learn from our mistakes and on the work environments we prefer, according to Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. As a society, we prize those who are talkative,
For most people, the last time you had a lesson in time management was probably long before you learned to divide fractions. If the thought of organizing a big project in advance brings frightening flashbacks from college, it may be time for a refresher in the art of planning. Even if you’ve got project management under control, there are always ways
No matter how hard we try, sometimes we just can’t get away from our work, even on vacation. Whether it be a few days or a few weeks, the likelihood of completely abandoning your work during vacations is pretty miniscule. However, having fun and being productive don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are ways to enjoy your vacation while still
Today's work environment allows for work to happen in lots of different places. Some of us split time between a home office and company headquarters. Others of us move between zones in our workplace,go to a coworking facility a few days a week, or report to multiple branches or business center locations. But despite the fact that bouncing around and working remotely is happening
These days, it’s a miracle if we only have two or three tasks to work on in a day. Multitasking has becoming an essential skill in the workplace, regardless of your industry or position. In addition to managing more than one large project at one time, we often find ourselves somehow working on two or even three tasks in one sitting. Though