Category: Team Building & HR (Page 2 of 7)

Business Maturity

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

Mature businesses show there maturity through consistency.  In other words they are reliable.   It’s odd to receive calls from suppliers on behalf of well known organizations that cannot keep an appointment.  What does this say about your company?  It’s not appealing.  People’s time is valuable.  You should keep the appointment although you may not be interested because it’s your word, you’ll learn more, and establish trust.

Consistently Play At The Top of Your Game

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

It’s not rocket science.  Customers and buyers want to do business with your organization because they know what is agreed upon will be delivered on time.  Recently, I worked with a company and they had a hard time telling me a delivery date.  The reason was because they didn’t know when their supplier would complete their part.  They didn’t say they would check with the supplier and get back to me with a delivery date.  Obviously, they’re not motivated.

Entrepreneurs Need To Work On?

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla of LiiiVEN, Inc.

When working with entrepreneurs and small business owners I see a drive and passion that is necessary for success.  There are eight areas where consistent actions are needed to produce consistent results.  As you develop and grow, the actions change because of your accomplishments and your business needs evolve.  The one action, for those in startup mode or are in steady mode, not growth mode most often overlooked is the action to celebrate.  Surprised?

Motivating Employees To Win, Grow, Evolve

Raj Gavurla

Raj Gavurla

by Raj Gavurla

As an organization what do you do to motivate employees to win, grow, and evolve? This isn’t management motivating employees or employees motivating management. There should be three categories:

1. Motivation for project work to win, grow, evolve
2. Motivation to run the organization to win, grow, evolve
3. Motivation for clients to win, grow, evolve

Do we have to give employees the same benefits as the founders?

Question: We’re a California startup with a few founders working full-time right now. We are planning on expanding. Do we have to offer any future full-time employees the same benefits as we set up for ourselves? Do they need to have the same healthcare plan fully paid by the company? Do they need to receive the same retirement plan contributions paid by the company? Thanks!

Brian Hassan

Brian Hassan

Answer by Brian Hassan, Managing Director of BayPoint Benefits

How do I deal with a demanding & uncooperative engineer when my whole startup depends on him?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

Good question for Founders Space.

I know this is difficult.  I’ve been there before.  But you have to take action now.   First off, no one is indispensable.  You may believe you can’t live without this engineer, but you can.  You’ll be able to find someone else who can learn the code and get the job done.  My advice is to clearly let this engineer know that his behavior is unacceptable, and he either needs to work with you or you’ll have to find someone to replace him.

What’s the best way to find a CTO for my startup?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, Editor of Founders Space

The best way is to tap into your network of friends and colleagues.  It’s always better to start with someone you know well and have worked with in the past.  That said, all too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skill sets to your own.  So how do you find a co-founder with a complimentary skill set?

Our Changing Workplace

Fanny Tham

Fanny Tham

by Fanny Tham of [email protected]

There is no better time to say that we are in an Era of Change. From the comeback of Apple in the 90s to the evolution of Internet led by Facebook, our World is rapidly transforming. Ever year we witness changes that make impacts on the way we live, play and work. Here are ways on how our work will change in the next couple of years. In fact, for some, it already has.

Are You a Great Leader or a Competent Manager?

Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

by Burton M. Goldfield, CEO of TriNet

The difference lies in the ability to inspire employees, especially during difficult times.

In an ideal world, the titles “manager” and “leader” would go hand in hand, but that’s not always the case. It’s no surprise that productivity and employee morale rely heavily on a manager’s leadership style. One wrong move (or even the perception of being wrong), may cause employees to lose trust in their managers’ abilities to guide their careers. The question is, what’s the difference between a competent manager and a truly great leader? It’s the ability to inspire employees during difficult times.

Do I need to have an engineer as a cofounder to launch a Web 2.0 startup?

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

by Naomi Kokubo, editor of Founders Space

No.  But it’s a lot harder to succeed without one.  If your website relies on key technology, it’s really difficult to get off the ground unless one of the founders understands the technology inside and out.  If you’re relying on a contractor, employee or friend to help you out, it may wind up halfway done.  The reason is that the effort required to build and launch a successful Web 2.0 startup is so great that no one but a dedicated founder typically lives up to the challenge.

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