How to Use Technology to Improve Workforce Management

Workforce Management, Workforce Management technologyOne of the most important areas of running a company regardless of its size is workforce management. You may not have consciously made the decision to undertake this task, but it is almost certain that you have done so without even realizing it! Thanks to the latest in technological advances, it is now easier than ever before to handle this part of your day to day operations. Read More…

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Business Process Outsourcing Strategies for Small Business

These ideas are a subset expansion of the blog post, US Small Business: Cash Flow Strategies for 2011, originally posted 4/14/2011, to elaborate on BPO strategies

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Now isn’t this a fine pickle we find ourselves in?  I mean for US Small Businesses, who want to believe oh so badly in an economic recovery, but hear and see conflicting accounts of what is happening in the world.  In the midst of uncertainty, my dad always told me to look to myself and control what I can and don’t worry about the rest.  Easy for him to say, yet sound advice.  What we as small business owners can control is our cash, and that means having a cash flow and cost reduction strategy to service customers and not take on the water of unnecessary expenses. Read More…

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Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World

The New American Business

The way we work in America is changing dramatically.  Virtual business, remote work, telework, distributed work, virtual staff like executive assistants, and leading virtual teams are all the rage for a variety of reasons.  Economics of lower-priced overseas competition, renewed US focus on quality of life, and simply the improved effectiveness of a virtual business model drive the shift.

Author of Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World Alan Blume believes that virtual work is transforming the very nature of cities and urban centers.  As more business is done from remote locations, cities are rapidly becoming cultural centers steeped more in entertainment that business.  There is simply little need to be “at the office” like we used to.  Take a look at the downward spiral in commercial office space real estate in recent years and you’ll see what I mean.  Companies who don’t adapt won’t be able to attract the best talent, maintain a financial edge, and may soon end up like Blockbuster Video as Alan describes it.

Executive Video Interview

Enjoy the two videos below where I interview Alan Blume about the changing nature of business today, the benefits of the Virtual Lifestyle, and the best ways to locate and hire virtual, outsourced staff to help operate your virtual business.

Read on to the bottom of this post to learn about a book giveaway that the author has agreed to for Smart Blog readers and viewers!

What’s so cool about a virtual business?

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Telework & Virtual Teams Strategy (pt. 2 of 2)

This is the second in a two part blog post on Telework and Virtual Team Strategy with video interview of Phil Montero of Montero Consulting and YouCanWorkFromAnywhere.com fame.

Video Interview

Phil and I get into non-tech elements critical for success when Leading virtual or distributed workforces.  This generates the intangibles necessary for leaders and why authoritarian leadership models won’t fly in a purely virtual situation.  

Check out the video to learn Phil’s gadgetry and secret collaborative software weapon that you can get for the price of…FREE!

Creating a Virtual Environment for Success

Most American models of leadership still use the top-down, authoritarian style of communication when dealing with “subordinates”.  We glorify the strong, brave, dictatorial styles of Jack Welch in business and Patton on the battlefield.  Everything has its place and in the virtual landscape, the world has never been flatter!  Read More…

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Telework & Virtual Teams Strategy (pt. 1 of 2)

This week’s blog post begins the video blog series of interviews with noted authorities, in this case, virtual work, distributed teams and succeeding in the endeavor.  Joining me to discuss Telework and Virtual Teams Strategy is Phil Montero of Montero Consulting (www.youcanworkfromanywhere.com) who has made a career for the past decade plus of enabling companies and individuals to move into the new work environment of working virtually.

Video Interview

Check out the video interview below with Phil.  In part 2 of this interview and next blog post, you’ll learn another mission critical element that, in many cases, doesn’t occur in geographically proximate work environments (like under the same roof).  If it’s missing in virtual environments, you can kiss success goodbye!


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