One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight: It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.
In a previous blog post entitled “The Transition from Entrepreneur to Leader,” I wrote that without a doubt the biggest challenges most small businesses face revolve around people in the key areas of leadership (the people at the top) and employees (the people who do the work). In this installment I want to write about people and what we as leaders need to do to ensure we maximize engagement for the people on our teams.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic, even though there is healthy debate on what it exactly is. Discussions on IoT are often about how it might affect future technologies, product development and sales. Others say that an Internet of Things already exists, made up by the integrations of mobile, network and Web-based applications.
Somewhere along the line, someone in your organization probably said, “Hey, we need to get on social media!” So maybe someone set up a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile.
The video surveillance market is a constantly evolving ecosystem, and it is not immune to scrutiny. It wasn’t long ago that skeptics questioned the feasibility, and even need for video surveillance, save for niche or boutique applications.
When it comes to building an effective email marketing campaign, it’s been my experience that it’s best to first ensure that you develop a plan and campaign that’s not only unique enough to grab the user, but will also effectively accomplish what you are trying to promote.
First, why do an email campaign? It’s an important question because email campaigns are not as easy as picking up the phone to make cold calls and, done right, they take time to plan. Being in the IT industry, it’s important to create a personal relationship with your audience and position yourself as an authority regarding customers’ IT needs.
Smartphones. Social media. Instant communication. Our world is ever changing and evolving. Along with these changes in technology come changes in how businesses operate. One of the biggest changes can be seen through business’ presence on social media and via their organizations’ websites.
Managed IT services providers (MSPs) must ensure that their service delivery objectives are in line with their client’s business objectives. The common aspiration of an MSP is to provide a service that their client finds valuable and thus indispensable.
How do I get people to step up and take ownership of responsibilities so I can get out of the middle of things?