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September 2020

Small Business Challenges in Implementing and Managing Remote Work
2020's Covid pandemic has created a host of challenges for businesses. A 6/15/20 Price Waterhouse Cooper pulse survey of 989 CFOs showed that, back in April 2020, nearly half (45%) expected productivity losses because their organizations lacked remote work capabilities. At that time, many companies were in the early stages of reacting and responding to the Covid pandemic, not yet thinking about recovery tactics.  
I interviewed several small business owners about their experiences with working remotely. Here's what I learned.   
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11 Rookie Mistakes Business Leaders Wish They Never Made
As a leader, you have a lot of responsibility riding on you.  Not only are you accountable for your business's success, but your job jar also includes having to maintain a positive work environment, fostering collaboration among teams and other leaders, motivating employees and troubleshooting problems.   
Here are a few of the mistakes - any of these sound familiar?
  • Keeping all the monkeys on your back
  • Wanting to be everyone's friend
  • Being an obstacle in the process
  • Not motivating employees
  • Confusing Activity with Productivity
Mistakes can lead to learning and hopefully fewer mistakes in the future.  As a former TAB member told me - "Make new mistakes - don't repeat the old ones!" 
In the full article courtesy of The Alternative Board, experienced business leaders share some of their most memorable errors. 

Did You Know . . .?
  • Tic Tac mints are named after the sound their container makes
  • On Mars, sunsets are blue
  • A "jiffy" is equivalent to 10 milliseconds
  • The creator of the Pringles can, Frederic Bauer, is buried in one (original flavor!)
  • French poodles aren't French - they were originally bred in Germany and called Pudelhundt ("splash dog")

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Remote Work
11 Leadership Mistakes
Did You Know?
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