Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

7 Team Types That Make Business Possible
Jan26

7 Team Types That Make Business Possible

Teams work together to accomplish a common goal. Teams are a part of business. They make things, accomplish tasks, provide services, offer advice and seek to meet other goals. While people have used teams to come together and accomplish tasks since we were hunters and gatherers, the concept is always evolving. And, today, more and more companies are incorporating teams—of a variety of sizes and types—into their workflows. It’s a good idea for any business leader to understand the types of teams and the distinctions among them. Different ways to break teams into categories exist, but the following are a few common ways to think about them. Functional Teams These types of teams, also called functional teams, perform specific functions in an organization. They include members from the same department or work area who meet regularly. A manager holds the primary responsibility, with subordinates reporting to this person. Often, these are permanent. Cross-Functional Teams Workers across functions, or specialties, of the organization make up these types of teams. People with separate areas of expertise work together; they are usually at about the same hierarchical level and can often make decisions without management. Often, these are temporary. Leadership Teams Management takes a strategic role in guiding business decisions. They are made up of leaders from varied departments. The goals of leadership teams are generally aligned with the mission and vision of the company. Recommended For You Webcast, March 5th: How AI Can Find Opportunities and Shorten Your Sales Cycles Register Now […]

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3 Reasons Why You Hire the Wrong IT Staff and How to Get It Right
Jan26

3 Reasons Why You Hire the Wrong IT Staff and How to Get It Right

niekverlaan / Pixabay The global tech talent shortage is relentless and shows no signs of slowing down. As the adage goes, “desperate times call for desperate measures,” and sometimes this approach leads to disastrous recruitment cycles. According to the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, a staggering 65% of respondents stated that the ongoing hiring challenges were hurting the industry (a six-point increase from 2018). In this scenario, tech leaders will continue to have great ideas but no way to execute them because they lack skilled staff. As the demand for highly skilled professionals grows, companies need to stop relying on luck and concentrate their efforts on taking a more structured approach that’s based on best practices. What does that mean? It means that companies need to narrow their approach instead of targeting everyone. They also need to focus more on the individual instead of past experiences. The following three reasons why companies often hire the wrong tech talent will shed some light on what mistakes made by recruiters and how we can fix it. 1. Desperately Seeking Rockstar Developers RyanMcGuire / Pixabay If hiring managers focus on checking all the boxes on a long list of certifications, experiences, and skills just to put warm bodies in seats, you’re probably going to hire the wrong candidate that doesn’t fit your corporate culture. Whenever this happens, your new hire will probably move on when the next best opportunity presents itself (and for software engineers in the current landscape, that’s almost daily). Whether we […]

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8 Most Common Leadership Styles — Which One Are You?
Jan25

8 Most Common Leadership Styles — Which One Are You?

To be a successful leader, you have to understand what type of leadership works best for both you and the people you manage. Because if there’s not a fluid match, you can forget about moving a team — and business — forward. So, what’s in a leadership style? Typically, a “leadership style” refers to a leader’s characteristics when managing (and motivating) a team by directing, guiding and inspiring others. The most powerful leaders have the greatest ability to inspire change and influence other people. Of course, everyone is different and that’s especially true when it comes to leadership, for both the leaders and the followers. To figure out what type of leader you are, here are eight of the most common leadership styles. 1. Authoritarian Authoritarian leaders (also known as autocratic leaders) provide clear and precise direction on what needs to be done and how it should be done. As in its name, authoritarian leaders focus on control and power as their key to successful management, making the division between leader and follower well-defined. Authoritarian leaders tend to be decisive, domineering and confident. If you have an authoritarian leadership style, it’s important to remain conscious of your actions and others perceive you, as to not cross the line of becoming too overpowering or aggressive. 2. Participative Participative, or democratic, leadership is a management style where people not only lead others but involve themselves in the group’s activities. Participative leaders will often encourage team members to become more involved in certain […]

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Grow Your Business in 2020 – 9 Critical Strategies Exposed
Jan25

Grow Your Business in 2020 – 9 Critical Strategies Exposed

In this article we’re going to talk about 9 critical areas of your life and business you should be focusing on this year. By focusing on these specific areas, you will help your business grow by leaps and bounds. Some are hard. Some are easy. Some require you to make changes… and others require you to think and analyze what you’ve already done. But, to find success, you need to TAKE ACTION. Take action and you’ll see your business and your life GROW in ways you never imagined! But before we start, I want to point out a big change. In 2020 we’re going to start sharing more business related ideas on our blog. Not just focusing on Marketing in general, or Text marketing in particular… We’re going to get into some bigger topics that will help you grow and expand and improve your business… and your life. So hold on, Today’s article is going to challenge you a bit. What if I promised to DOUBLE your business in 2020… all while working less and enjoying life more? If I promised to double your business in 2020, would you believe me… would you even listen to me? What if I promised to double your business… AND showed you how to do it with fewer hours and LESS stress? Would you listen closely? You should… and here’s why. I own a number of businesses doing more than a million dollars a year in revenue. AND they’re all profitable and growing. And, […]

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5 Reasons to Be Real: Authenticity is the New Competitive Edge
Jan25

5 Reasons to Be Real: Authenticity is the New Competitive Edge

Clients, customers, and employees all share one unique quality: being human. As human beings, we know when someone is being genuine as opposed to speaking “corporate talk,” mouthing the words that relegate us to being a number rather than an individual. We know the difference between rote, systematic adherence to policies and procedures and addressing personal needs with interest and compassion. We know when someone is being authentic. We know when they’re being real. One of the greatest competitive edges in business today is authenticity. Professionals and companies that encourage practices based on this authentic truth immediately differentiate themselves from the competition. The Strategy: Be Your True Self In life, as in business, our feelings impact our decisions. Years ago, when purchasing an automobile, I decided to avoid the tumultuous dance of a salesperson having to “check with the manager” over and over again to win the sale. Before walking into the dealership, I put time into research and was competent and knowledgeable about my purchase. Rather than go through the car-buying tug of war, I gave my price and said, “Take it or leave it.” Since that time, I’ve incorporated this method into many areas of my life. Today, this take-it-or-leave-it strategy has transformed into “Here is my true self. Accept me or not.” For many years, I played the part of who I thought others wanted me to be: the high performer, successful executive, strong male figure, breadwinner, husband, and father. Years of subduing my true self brought […]

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