Once you have started to define authority levels and lanes of responsibility, you can add a decision matrix. It doesn't have to be formal--just something so that your team knows when to escalate what and what they are empowered to handle on their own. With your team working remotely, you may not be available when they need a decision. They can save time by moving things forward on their own through the use of a decision matrix.
Part of having a strong remote team is a good battle rhythm. Having clear lanes of responsibility, with matching levels of authority, contributes to that strong battle rhythm. When people know what they are supposed to be doing and when, less coordination is required and there is less fog and friction.
In this webinar, we share our tips for defining lanes of responsibility and levels of authority within small business.
By Jenny Boyles and Laura Renner
As businesses begin to reopen, do you feel comfortable visiting them? If you have been out at all to stores or businesses other than the grocery store, you are seeing many new restrictions and rules. For example, some places are making your wear masks while others insist you wash your hands upon entering. Others are restricting the number of people allowed in the business, thus making for long lines outside. When you visit small businesses, remember they are doing their best. Please give them the space to make these restrictions so that they can resume conducting business in a safe way. Essentially, pack your patience!
.The legal requirements as employers still apply when managing a remote team. And there are other considerations to include.
Watch this webinar to learn more about what to consider when building your remote team.
By Laura Renner
You guys are great at knowing what something costs but you don’t know what it’s worth.
A mentor shared this quote with me once. He was telling a story about one of his commanders in the military who hated when higher ups from D.C. would visit. This unit was working in a high-threat area and knew exactly what equipment they needed to accomplish their mission. The visitors from D.C. only appreciated what that equipment cost.
As business owners, we have to focus on both. We have to watch our costs to ensure our business is sustainable in the long run. Yet we must also focus on each asset’s worth. We generally do not renew subscriptions that do not serve us, we get rid of equipment we do not need anymore, and we purchase services that support us and the bottom line.
By Laura Renner
There are many pros to working with a remote team:
When it comes to working with a virtual assistant, these same pros apply. One major difference, though, is that while a VA may be an integral part of your team, they may also be supporting other clients. Listed below are three tips for making the most of your VA relationship.
Having trust within your team is critical to success. For remote teams, the lack of natural connectedness that comes from being near each other all day, every day makes trust even more necessary. During this webinar, we will share specific tips on how to build trust within your team.
By Laura Renner and Jenny Boyles
The COVID-19 pandemic has stirred up the business world like no other in recent times. It has disrupted business as usual and even caused some businesses to come to a complete halt. Some business owners, rather than ceasing all operations, have chosen to pivot their business in a new direction. And these pivots have been creative and innovative. At the end of the day, they have been fascinating to watch as business owners choose resilience over defeat.
By Laura Renner
On April 1, 2020, we celebrated our fifth anniversary at Freedom Makers. The day passed without much fanfare as we were still in the throes of COVID-19. But while everyone adjusts to this new normal, we did want to take a minute to acknowledge and celebrate! We have come a long way...
By Laura Renner
Many businesses have had to unexpectedly pivot--and pivot quickly--in these last few weeks.
As a result, many new partnerships have formed as well. For instance, Sara Skowronski, principal at Eos HR Consulting, has been a close friend of mine for a long time. We have always known our businesses were complementary but never really explored how to work together.
Then suddenly COVID-19 gave us the idea to jointly share our expertise on creating and running remote teams. And just like that, we had a partnership.
As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Now, while we navigate these uncertain times, you can get really creative on who to partner with and how.