Displaying All Posts by Mike Martin

5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

how-to-inspire-yourself-1

What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

Here are five ways to inspire yourself: Click Here to Read Article …

Share Post

How to Efficiently Lead a Scattered Workforce

Today’s startups are exceedingly scattered operations. Instead of a centralized work environment such as an office, managers and employees are functioning remotely, using the web as a means to share and communicate. In many cases it’s ideal way to begin a business, as the talent pool is greatly expanded, payroll reduced, and the overhead associated with “brick and mortar” practically eliminated.

The academic world has been slow to catch up with this change, leaving many business majors unsure of how to go about leading a scattered workforce. While all situations are different and therefore require an individually crafted approach, the following suggestions for efficiently managing remote workers are sure to come in handy in all cases:

Utilize multipurpose management software

It’s hard enough for business leaders to keep track of operations in an office where everything is under their watchful eye, let alone when workers are across the map. There’s no shame in depending on comprehensive, multipurpose management software to get the job done. Some, such as Asure Software, include a human capital management platform. This gives business leaders access to detailed data about employee productivity. Click Here to Read Article …

Popular search terms for this article:

scattered workforce

6 Quick Ways to Increase Productivity Now

how to improve productivity

Wouldn’t it be great to maximize your performance and increase your personal productivity at work?

You already work hard, and you work long hours, but there are things you can do to make the time you put in more productive than it already is.

Here are six suggestions on how to increase productivity. Click Here to Read Article …

Popular search terms for this article:

work awesome june 2016

How to Impress Your Boss

how to impress your boss

We all want to impress our boss.

It’s kind of in our genes to try to please the person in authority in our life.

We’d like our boss to like us and to consider us when special opportunities or promotions come up.

Of course, it’s not just your winning personality that’s going to get you that consideration.

So here are five ways to wow your boss at work. Click Here to Read Article …

When Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

when to leave a job

Leaving a job, particularly one that you thought was a great fit for you and your career, may be a difficult decision to make.

Sometimes that decision is easy — we know early on that it’s a matter of time before we jump or get pushed to leave.

But in most other cases, it is not that clear cut.

There are obviously benefits to staying or we wouldn’t still be here, but clearly something — maybe a lot of things — are nagging at us, or we wouldn’t be having that internal debate.

So how do you know when it’s time to stay or go? It’s much easier to decide to stay and hope that things get better, but in other cases you might as well get out now. Here are a few situations that should get you thinking about moving to a new job or a new organization. Click Here to Read Article …

Popular search terms for this article:

miki martin

How to Turn Stress into Productivity

manage stress

We all know that stress is bad for us, right?

Maybe not.

Now both researchers and management experts are recognizing that some stress can actually be good for us too.

That’s right; some stress can lead to enhanced performance, improved productivity and allow us to complete tasks and projects that we thought were impossible.

So what can we do to manage stress and turn it into productivity? Click Here to Read Article …

How to Let Go of Resentment at Work

how to let go of resentment

As we grow in our lives and our careers, we pick up things along the way. Most of these things are positive and useful and allow us to grow into successful people.

But some of the things we hold on to are neither practicable nor of any use to us. In fact they only hold us back.

Two of those things are regrets and resentments, and what we discover is that we can’t get ahead while we are still pulling them along with us.

Regrets and resentments weigh us down and actually produce negative energy that will hinder our success. Until we deal with them. Click Here to Read Article …

Popular search terms for this article:

resentment at work, let go at work, letting go of resentments workplace

5 Tips for a Bigger Better Career

how to be more positive

Being positive can help at work and not just because you might feel better about yourself because you have a positive attitude.

There’s actual science that shows positivity can change our whole life and even increase our success at work.

Professor Barbara Fredrickson, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of several books, including Positivity, has developed a theory.

She believes, after more than 20 years of research, that positivity can broaden your mind and build a better life and a bigger and better career. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Tips to Living Your Dream

live your dream

We all have dreams and hopes for the future — things that we want to achieve, places we want to visit or move to.

Dreams are what can motivate us to get through school, to do the internship, to serve at the bottom until the pathway to the top opens up.

But dreams aren’t easy to realize — there are always obstacles in our way and sometimes things inside of us that hold us back.

If your dream feels particularly elusive, then maybe you have some of those internal obstacles holding you back.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your dreams: Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

how to be happy at work

There are a lot of articles and ideas about making the workplace more productive, but who is talking about making the workplace a happier place?

Since we spend a third of our lives there, maybe we should spend just a few more minutes thinking and talking about that.

And while there are many things an employer can do to make the workplace a more pleasant place to spend all that time in, we can do a lot all by ourselves.

Here are five ideas to find more happiness at work: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Succeed: Listen More

how to listen

Far too many of us talk a lot but listen very little.

That probably means that we aren’t hearing all of the information that people are trying to provide to us.

It might mean that we are actually missing quite a lot.

Active listening can help us to both hear and learn more. It doesn’t mean that we can’t speak, but almost all can profit from listening to what others — especially our work colleagues — are trying to communicate to us.

The fact is that listening is one of the most important and under-rated skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness and on the quality of your relationships with others. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Traits to Adopt For Success

corner office

In his book The Corner Office and his popular New York Times Sunday Business column of the same name, Adam Bryant interviewed more than 70 CEOs from major international corporations to find out their secret to success.

What he found was that they shared a number of key qualities that propelled them to leadership roles and their seat in the corner office.

Those five qualities are passion and curiosity, battled-hardened confidence, team smarts, a simple mindset, and fearlessness.

1. Passion and Curiosity

Bryant calls this a deep sense of engagement with the world, and the leaders he spoke with all had a questioning mind and were acutely interested in people, ideas and things.

It is much more than curiosity — it is a desire to figure out how things work and how they can be made better.

It is also the combination of curiosity and passion because on their own they won’t bring that synergy that’s needed for great leadership.

2. Confidence

The confidence that he heard from CEOs is about developing a track record of overcoming adversity so that you know what you’re capable of.

This is important. At certain points in our lives we find ourselves put on the hot seat in stressful situations, and we need to know that we can handle it.

Out of those experiences comes the confidence that they would know what to do in all sorts of business situations — this confidence carries them through.

3. Team Smarts

Team smarts refers to more than being able to be a good manager or coach, although that is important too. It’s another level down where a leader knows the inner dynamics of a team and how to get the best out of everyone.

The smartest and most successful CEOs know and can easily recognize the soft levers of power and how to tap into them to ensure success.

The best can not only make the official org chart work for them but the informal leadership be part of their team as well.

4. Simplicity

Simplicity is not simple-mindedness but the capacity to take complex ideas or problems and distill them down to one of two key points that everyone can understand.

As human beings we can only process a couple of ideas at a time, so we need leaders who can help us take the twelve organizational priorities down to a few simple and easy-to-follow directions.

This helps build teamwork and cohesiveness in the organization and allows all employees to focus on what is really important.

5. Fearlessness

This doesn’t mean making decisions without proper care and concern, but it does mean a bias towards action. It is a willingness to take risks and to sometimes see that things need to be completely overhauled in order to be successful in the future.

In today’s fast-paced business environment you just can’t afford to wait too long if a product or service isn’t taking off. You may need to kill the organization’s pet project in order to save the rest of the enterprise.

Even when things are working well, the fearless leader is not afraid to blow it up in order to make it bigger or better.

Do you have what it takes to get to the corner office? If you want to be a successful CEO, you might want to think about developing some of these key qualities the CEO’s that Adam Bryant interviewed have. That’s why they’re sitting in the corner office.