Here is a list of Tips and Tools mentioned in the CANA Conference Presentations: Tech Tools Made Easy
Backup and Disaster Recovery:
Web Conferences & Video Calls:
- Google Hangouts
- Uberconference is the best free conference call. Simple, visual, and free to use, you can easily set up and join free conference calls without PINS
Save links, documents, and more all searchable. Make your own library and remember everything with Evernote.
- Apple Reminders is available on any iPhone or iPad and online
- Thousands of Businesses use Todoist to collaborate on projects and manage tasks.
- Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re organizing your work, sharing a shopping list with a loved one or planning an overseas adventure, Wunderlist is here to help you accomplish more.
- If This Then That or IFTTT helps automate your online life with recipes that hook up your cloud to work for you.
When exploring a new direction, it’s vital to make sure you have a way to measure failure. Without a way to ‘successfully fail’ you will be able to find positive spin for most new changes you put into practice…
“Unfortunately, if the plan is to see what happens, a team is guaranteed to succeed—at seeing what happens—but won’t necessarily gain validated learning. This is one of the most important lessons of the scientific method: if you cannot fail, you cannot learn.”
The most important character trait of a leader is one that you’re more likely to associate with a dull person than a dynamic leader: predictability. The more predictable you are, day after day, the better.
When managers are predictable, they remove a roadblock from employees’ path — themselves. Managers have their own tendency to meddle, criticize, and second-guess. Without that roadblock, employees don’t have to worry about whether their manager will try to jump in and “save the day” with some new idea. Instead, they have the space necessary to do an amazing job.
Working with creative service firms, I’ve seen a slew of common problems that hold an agency back from the next growth stage.
Here’s a few of the hiccups owners are asking when they are struggling with growth.
- How do I hire and attract quality team members, so I’m ready to take on that next big project?
- Can I raise my rates without losing business? How?
- Clients need our services, but don’t follow through on their end of the work. How do I find better clients who “Get It?”
- How do I help clients quibble less about hours, rates and invoices… and focus instead on the quality and depth of our work?
- How do I grow my team without sacrificing the quality of my work?
- How do I add or expand new services, without struggling with subcontracting issues?
- My team spends too much time chasing money. I have to put projects on hold to get paid for our work. This has to stop.
- How do I setup an agency where things run smoothly without me? Or at least don’t fall to pieces when I leave town (or take a vacation)!
What about you? What is stumping you in hitting the growth you expect this year? Post your questions in the comments below.
- Bonus: What is your growth goal for This Quarter? Pin that to your wall and stare it in the face everyday.
I look forward to your questions. Forward!