Mike Sweeney

Wondering How to Manage Virtual Teams Better?

Virtual teams are becoming much more commonplace in the workplace. They’re typically great for employees, but they do present some challenges for managers. Here are a few suggestions for managers to keep the virtual team performing at a high level.

10 Key Attributes of a Good Manager

Good managers make all the difference to a team’s success. Here are 10 key performance factors that distinguish a good manager from a mediocre one. Perform these 10 attributes well, and you will virtually ensure the success of your team and probably your career.

Steps to Maintain Employee Motivation

How do you keep employees energized and excited about their jobs? What strategies do you use? There are a few proven steps you can take to help maintain employee motivation and morale. Learn what these key steps are and how you can implement them in your organization.

Company Roles in Promoting Innovation

Are innovation and creative thinking part of your company’s culture? How good is your company at promoting innovation within the workforce? Innovative companies have a tendency to attract like-minded employees who create over time a powerful workforce and culture that can impact entire industries.

Impact of Sales Promotion on Buying Behavior

How do you make most of your buying decisions – emotionally or logically? Do they depend on the type of product or service you are purchasing? Most people will readily admit to being influenced, at least partially, by the advertising they see and hear. So what do advertisers focus on?

Easy Tips on Defining Job Functions and Job Roles

Defining an employee’s job role with clear job functions significantly increases the likelihood of the employee performing well in their job. Job roles should be defined in a way that is easy for anyone to understand and replicate. Here are a few simple tips.

Choosing References for Job Applications

References have always been part of resumes and job searches. The classic line, “References Upon Request” has been part of probably millions of resumes over the years. However, many of these resumes didn’t really have a prepared list that could be furnished at a moment’s notice. Sound familiar?

Hiring a Manager for a Startup Company

A startup company can be an exhilarating yet challenging place to work. When founders put their ideas into action, very often they need operational help to smooth out the initial bumpy ride and steer the new company in the right direction.

Asking Interview Questions About Teamwork

Job applicants can be a savvy bunch. Ask a few basic interview questions about teamwork, and you’re bound to get a well rehearsed response. So, how can you determine the candidate’s real ability to work in a team? Using planned behavioral questions around teamwork is a good start.

Selection Skills for Interviewers

Arguably, one of the most important job responsibilities in an organization is the hiring of quality talent. An organization’s success can often be directly attributed to the level of talent that’s been selected over time. Do you have the interviewing and selection skills to be effective?

Entrepreneurship vs Salaried Worker

Are you thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? What would it take to leave your salaried position? What are the pros and cons, and what should you be considering? Like any important career decision, there is much to think about before making a final decision. Here are a few key tips to ponder.

Continuity of Operations Planning for Business

When disaster strikes in your business, how prepared are you? Do you have a plan in place that can ensure the business will keep operating? Business continuity plans can be difficult and costly to implement, but if something should happen to disrupt your business, they will be a real life saver.