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Your Company Needs a Culture Hack: 4 Ways to Do It

Your Company Needs a Culture Hack: 4 Ways to Do It

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Remember when you were excited just by the idea of being an entrepreneur? When you sprung out of bed every day, ready to take on the world? Unfortunately, many businesses are so riddled with life-sucking cultures and backward practices that they break down the natural immunity of our personal values. Corrupt cultures corrupt us, and […]

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3 Principles to Be a Great Business Leader, Not a Manager

3 Principles to Be a Great Business Leader, Not a Manager

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have a pretty straightforward philosophy on the types of head honchos that are out there. Simply put, there are the leaders and there are the managers. I think the biggest misconception about leadership is that being a leader and being a manager are mutually inclusive, that one can’t exist without the other. Not true. […]

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Location, Location, Location: The Culture Factor You Can’t Ignore

Location, Location, Location: The Culture Factor You Can’t Ignore

| June 26, 2014 | 4 Comments

Running a business in a closet isn’t easy. Good luck finding privacy to make that important phone call. My 25-strong team dealt with a closet-like office that made productivity a struggle. The mazelike layout meant we were always slamming doors on each other, tripping over stuff, and overhearing everything. Then, everything changed. How a Move […]

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6 Ways to Foster Collaboration in Your Workplace

6 Ways to Foster Collaboration in Your Workplace

| May 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

What do the “The Avengers,” “The A-Team,” “The Expendables,” and “X-Men” have in common? They are all stories of individuals combining their talents to achieve a common goal. Teamwork brings victory in the world of fiction, and it can help you succeed in business, too. Collaboration is a big theme for small businesses today for a reason: It works. […]

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Beyond the Pretty Logo: Why Hiring is Your Most Important Brand Decision

Beyond the Pretty Logo: Why Hiring is Your Most Important Brand Decision

| April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

  I once worked for a large, multinational software company. We had a strong vision and good corporate values and it was a great place to work. But I never quite felt the company’s vision and values actually connected to what we did on a daily basis. Many companies face this challenge to apply their […]

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How High-Growth Companies Can Preserve Their Startup Cultures

How High-Growth Companies Can Preserve Their Startup Cultures

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our company, Nextiva, was launched in 2008 with a small team and a small office. This year we are on par to employ over 400 people. While this growth has been exciting for us, it has also come with significant challenges—namely: how can we preserve a cool startup culture of hard work and fun while […]

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How to Identify (and Fix) Your Company’s Vibe

How to Identify (and Fix) Your Company’s Vibe

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Consider walking into a real-life version of “The Office.” The inappropriate and morally questionable behavior of the staff would make you reconsider your decision to work with — or for — the company. On the other hand, a stale, corporate environment where workers seem to endlessly stare at their monitors is even less appealing. This […]

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The Benefits of a No-Policy Vacation Policy

The Benefits of a No-Policy Vacation Policy

| November 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

One of the benefits of working at SpareFoot is our no-policy vacation policy. In other words, if someone wants to take time off, he or she doesn’t have to seek permission or to religiously track that time against a quota. We trust employees to get their work done—and to not unduly burden colleagues who are […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Launch Your Startup

5 Things to Know Before You Launch Your Startup

| September 3, 2013 | 4 Comments

There are many exciting opportunities available to young, motivated business entrepreneurs in today’s world. Greater interconnectedness allows us to find partners and share ideas more easily than ever before. Funding platforms provide crucial financial support at the beginning stages of business projects. Younger technologically-minded business icons are setting the bar for success. In this type […]

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6 Secrets to Building a Bad-Ass Company Culture

6 Secrets to Building a Bad-Ass Company Culture

| July 25, 2013 | 10 Comments

This year, the employees of SpareFoot (we call them SpareFeet) gave the company one of the biggest compliments an employer could ever receive. In confidential surveys for the Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work program, the people of SpareFoot gave the company high enough praise that we were named our region’s 2013 Best Place […]

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