How systems support good leadership (a case study)

How systems support good leadership (a case study)

Many creative entrepreneurs resist systems, incorrectly believing that systems will somehow limit creativity or reduce the flexibility of the team. Nothing could be further from the truth, as my client Jennie Nash discovered. Jennie is a successful book coach and founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, an online book coaching service. As Jennie discovered, systems provided the support she needed to successfully lead her growing company and scale her business.

The secret behind motivating a virtual team

The secret behind motivating a virtual team

Motivating virtual teams can be difficult, even for experienced managers. Our global economy has shifted from the mechanical (or labor based) economy of the past to an economy focused on creativity and high-level knowledge based work. Rather than working as a part of a production group in a factory, many of the most valuable employees in our economy do creative or analytical work as a part of a virtual team. Our methods of motivation need to shift too.

Managing your team with a solo-business mindset

Managing your team with a solo-business mindset

Adding a team member won’t help you reach your goals unless you change the way you manage. Bold statement, I know. But it’s true. That independent, “can-do” spirit you’ve used to run your business as a solo-preneur is actually an obstacle when leading a team.  Let’s explore a few essential mindset shifts you need to consider when you begin leading a team.

How to create a closely connected, collaborative virtual team

How to create a closely connected, collaborative virtual team

Leading a virtual team presents a unique set of challenges. As a leader, it’s up to you to create a collaborative, supportive atmosphere among people who are separated by distance, time zone, and culture.  Your remote workers need to feel they are part of something bigger than themselves, and they need to form strong relationships with each other in order to create the best advantage for your business. Being a true team leader includes empowering each person on your virtual team to feel connected, inspired, and important.

Creating systems to manage profitably – with Carrie Green

Creating systems to manage profitably – with Carrie Green

Carrie Green is the founder and driving force behind The Female Entrepreneur’s Association, an online community with thousands of members and a tremendous reach. As FEA has grown, Carrie has built a large team of amazing, talented, and dedicated people to support her.  These people are absolutely committed to Carrie and her vision for the FEA, and they work virtually to fill multiple roles and responsibilities. As you can imagine, managing a team of this size can create challenges.

Getting results proactively (with systems you trust) instead of micromanaging

Getting results proactively (with systems you trust) instead of micromanaging

I don’t think anyone wants to micromanage their team.  We want to trust our team members to deliver results. But, it is challenging to do this when the value we create for our clients is at stake.  So we micromanage, checking and double checking progress and trying to control the results. We become frustrated – and so do the members of our team. There’s a way to break this cycle.